Feisty screen resolution problem

Rachael Agnew rachael.agnew at gmail.com
Sat May 5 17:01:38 UTC 2007

Thank you everyone who has responded to my plea for help with Feisty

I use sudo, su got me nowhere, but I will try that again within root.  I am
the only user -- perhaps somewhere in the installation I didn't make that
clear...??? (I apparently have no permission to use /etc/... either, when I
try to get into it without being on the terminal screen.)  Am I expected to
personalize root somehow, with my username? I am root and I use the password
when requested... what else does this os want? grrr

I will go through everything (meaning all suggestions) one more time. and oh
yeah, I started out checking the ubuntu lists for resolution of my
resolution problem and that's when I turned to asking you all, because
nothing was working.

I appreciate all the help, anyhow.  It's made me learn more about ubuntu,
but I still have huge holes in my understanding.  If anyone else has
suggestions please feel welcome to contribute. I haven't given up yet.  Also
if anyone is able to meet me at the Linuxcaffe  to fix this, if I still
haven't straightened  it out by Monday, let me know. I'll buy you caffe in
exchange for your expertise.


On 5/4/07, Daniel Robitaille <robitaille at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 5/4/07, Jack Bowling <jbinpg at shaw.ca> wrote:
> > On Fri, May 04, 2007 at 09:49:25PM -0400, Alfred wrote:
> >
> > At the risk of coming across as some PAF (Pedantic Old Fart), the "su"
> > command actually started life as an abbreviation for "substitute user"
> > not "super user". But since most *nixes adopted the role of root as
> > Supreme Commander, its original meaning was subsumed. It still has all
> its original powers: you can "su" to whatever user is on your system as long
> as you know their passwords.
> As only a half-old-fart, I didn't the meaning of "su" came from
> "substitute".  Thanks for this!
> I use su quite regularly to login into other accounts on the system:
> so something like "su - daniel" to login into the user account
> "daniel", if I know the password of that account.
> If you don't know that password of that account, and you have
> administrator privileges on that computer, you can get into a
> super-user prompt first ("sudo -i"), then do the "su - daniel" trick.
> Doing a su from within root  will not ask you for a password for the
> accounts you are trying to access.
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> Daniel Robitaille
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