forcing use of vesa driver for x ??

Gene Heskett gene.heskett at
Sat Oct 10 01:44:54 UTC 2009

On Friday 09 October 2009, Steve wrote:
>On Fri, 09 Oct 2009 21:56:07 +0100, Gene Heskett
><gene.heskett at> wrote:
>> On Friday 09 October 2009, David Kuntadi wrote:
>>> On Sat, Oct 10, 2009 at 12:25 AM, Gene Heskett
>>> <gene.heskett at>
>> wrote:
>>>> How can I restore these two boxes to using the vesa driver, AND
>>>> prevent X
>>>> from overwriting these xorg.conf's to suit itself?
>>> I suggest just to remove whatever driver you does not want, and then
>>> rewrite xorg.conf. By doing that, it is impossible for those drivers
>>> to be loaded. because it is not even installed.
>>> DK
>> I thought of that, but if it doesn't find the nv or ati on those
>> machines,
>> would it fallback to vesa, and do it at better than 800x600?  That is at
>> best
>> a fuggly screen, redefining fuzz to a whole new level.
>> And since it rewrote everything that resembles an xorg.conf on the 8.04
>> machine, how would I go about restoring the defaults when it has no clue
>> about the monitor?  Its a Samsung tv, hidef lcd 22" whose tuner has gone
>> funkity, but the pc socket works great?  Rename them all to variations of
>> "" and restart?
>> This would be a whole lot easier if I reset init to 3, so a failed startx
>> doesn't hammer around for 3 minutes before it gives up.
>> Thanks.
>Could you write protect xorg.conf, once you've got it working properly.
That, and mark it immutable. :)  But its currently washing the roads 
(hopefully not out in places) around here, so I'm settled into this chair for 
the night.  And I got parts for the bandsaw this 8.04 box is going to run, so 
getting those installed and tweaked were on the front burner this afternoon 
before it got wet out.

I also posted to the xorg list, but my post seems to have gotten lost 

Thanks. :)

Cheers, Gene
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