Help with new monitor

Corey Bettenhausen corey at
Tue Jun 14 19:20:19 UTC 2005

Russell Blau wrote:
> I have Ubuntu (Hoary) installed on an Intel 486DX2 box.  I have two
> computers (the Ubuntu box and a Windows box) sharing a keyboard, mouse, and
> monitor using a KVM switch.
> This weekend I installed a new LCD monitor.  It works fine with the Windows
> box.  When I switch to Ubuntu I see the boot process just fine (in text
> mode), but then when Gnome kicks in for the login screen the monitor goes
> blank and I see "Cannot display current graphics mode."  So, the only way I
> can get into Ubuntu now is by SSH'ing to it from another machine.
> Here's the question -- somewhere on my system there is probably a file that
> tells Gnome what the default graphics mode should be.  How do I find and
> change that file to put in some plain-vanilla graphics mode that my new
> monitor should be able to handle?
> Thanks in advance.
> Russ Blau

Check out /etc/X11/xorg.conf.

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