Toes in the Ubuntu waters..

Daniel Robitaille robitaille at
Wed Aug 22 02:17:49 UTC 2007

On 8/21/07, Russell McOrmond <russell at> wrote:
> Eric Cyr wrote:
> > tried 'sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg' yet?
>    Forgive me.  I come from the SLS --> SlackWare --> RedHat world, and
> don't know any of the special Debian command-line incantations ;-)
>    I ran this and it brings back memories of manual configuration from
> the early 1990's.  I aborted the process before it mangled my xorg.conf
> file.
>    Thanks for the suggestion, however.  I think I'll stick to my easier
> 'vi xorg.conf' for now :-)

*) make a copy of your xorg.conf file
*) do that dpkg-reconfigure command and answer the questions it throws
at you as best as you can (or use whatever defaults it propose)
*) at the end of it, you will get a new xorg.conf file.  Compare it to
your previous one to see what the reconfigure did to it.
*) try that new xorg.conf.  It it works're in business.
If not, copy back your copy of your original  xorg.conf and go back to
your vi session as originally planned :)

That's what I would do personally.  It doesn't cost you much to try,
beside 10 minutes and 2 reboots.


Daniel Robitaille

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