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frontend to reconfigure xserver

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2007 3:59 pm
by hairy_Palms
ok, i might be late to the party on this but for the life of mee, after using debian + derivatives for about 5 years ive never realised this existed, right under my nose!

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gksudo "dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg --frontend=gnome"
its a gtk frontend to reconfigure the Xserver.
i just wondered if i was the only one who couldnt see the forest for trees...
much friendlier for newbs who didnt get widescreen OOTB than telling them to drop into init 3...

Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 6:12 am
by Husse
hey
I tried that and I did not notice anything particular happen
Just gave my password and things went back to normal immediately afterwards....?

Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 6:56 am
by hairy_Palms
hmm does it give any errors if running from the terminal, or are you running kde?
also the quotes are necessary or gksudo thinks the option is for it

Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 10:16 am
by Husse
I'm running gnome and I don't get any errors
if running from the terminal
IF ? where else would I be running it?
Makes no difference if run from a starter (or whatever these shortcuts are called)

Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 10:35 am
by rahim

Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 11:19 am
by hairy_Palms
I'm running gnome and I don't get any errors
if running from the terminal
IF ? where else would I be running it?
well i thought you might be running it from the alt+f2 run box,
hmm strange, maybe i have a package that its included in that i didnt realise

hmm im not sure why that is, as i said, i didnt even realise it existed till yesterday!

i saw a post in the gutsy idea forum
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php? ... erver-xorg

@rahim yeah ive been watching displayconfig-gtk avidly, but its still very buggy, lots of bugs and failed detections, looks promising though.

Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 1:15 pm
by Husse
alt+f2 run box
Forgot about that one :)

No difference

hairy_Palms What happens when you run the command?

Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 9:58 pm
by telic
Entering the command under Feisty, the first thing that comes up is this...

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Clicking the down-arrow opens a list of almost 3-dozen video drivers.

Using the Bianca LiveCD, the first question asked is "Attempt to autodetect video hardware?"

Each time you click Forward, you're asked another question (about the display, keyboard, or mouse) that corresponds to an option entry in the xorg.conf file. Hovering your mouse over the input box causes a help/hint dialog to open.

At the end, a backup of xorg.conf is made before the new data is written (I did not allow it to complete).

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Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 2:21 am
by hairy_Palms
yea what telic said :)

Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 5:01 am
by Husse
I'll have to check the live CD because on my installed Bianca nothing happens. This is a much needed solution if it works, tinkering with xorg.conf is no good.....
And nvidia settings are unreliable...
dont know about ATI's counterpart

Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 6:30 am
by NiksaVel
If this actually works, we should consider including it in mintConfig for Cassandra...

Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 10:47 am
by hairy_Palms
im still laughing at the fact it was such a well kept secret tbh :)

Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 1:28 pm
by telic
I favour xorg-edit, with its one multi-tab panel...

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The xorg-edit utility program is in the Feisty repository. It might also be in the Mint/Edgy software depot...

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sudo aptitude install xorg-edit
Then run it in Terminal, superuser mode...

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sudo xorg-edit
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Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 6:14 pm
by hairy_Palms
the trouble with xorg-edit is it completely lacks autodetection of any sort, making it no more newb friendly than your average text editor.....
displayconfig-gtk is a better option has autodetection but its very buggy in its current state. of course this all may become pointless conjecture when xorg 7.3 is released. however nothings ever perfect so who nows.. :)

Posted: Wed May 02, 2007 11:12 pm
by rahim
hairy_Palms wrote:of course this all may become pointless conjecture when xorg 7.3 is released. however nothings ever perfect so who nows.. :)
I highly doubt Xorg 7.3 will be the panacea that everyone makes it out to be. At any rate, there will always be those who want to set their Xres lower than the maximum value, and many of them sure won't liked editing text files to do it.

Posted: Fri May 04, 2007 12:09 pm
by clem
xorg-edit was added to cassandra. I agree with the critics though.. don't use it if you don't know what you're doing. But the tool warns the user itself.. so I guess it's ok to have it in there. Thanks guys for the suggestion.

Clem

Posted: Fri May 04, 2007 5:30 pm
by Husse
We should try to find a good useful tool for this, that works for everyone
It's in my to remember list :)