How to recover from a display driver problem

Karl Auer kauer at
Sun Apr 10 11:37:03 UTC 2016

On Sun, 2016-04-10 at 13:03 +0200, Liam Proven wrote:
> On 9 April 2016 at 23:47, Jim <jf_byrnes at> wrote:
> > Anyone have any ideas of how to correct this without a complete
> > reinstall?

> Boot off CD.
> Browse your root filesystem.
> Delete /etc/X.11/xorg.conf
> Reboot.

Wow. That's simple if it works. I guess you meant to delete xorg.conf
off the HDD, not the actual booted root?

My system has no /etc/X.11 directory, though it does have an /etc/X11

It also has no xorg.conf, not in that directory or indeed anywhere that
I can find! It has a directory /etc/share/X11/xorg.conf.d containing
configuration snippets, but they seem to be all InputClass stanzas. It
has a man page for xorg.conf, but xorg.conf itself is nowhere to be
found - I checked all of the potential locations in the man page.

If the OP has the same issues, he must feel like the non-smoker who is
told he must give up smoking...

Regards, K.

Karl Auer (kauer at

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