Re: setting & switching screen densities
On Mon, 16 Jun 1997, Rick Hawkins wrote:
> stealth vram (#124), which is an S3. I've set it for 432 under 8 bits,
> and 32 under 16 (1mb vram). But it seems to insist that the higher
> density modes don't exist. It's startup messages (the ones that are
> left) annnouce
> (--) there is no mode definition mamed "1024x768"
> (--) removing mode "1024X768": from list of valid modes"
> then again for 800x600.
> What am I doing wrong?
i don't know. I am getting a similar problem when i run the new xf86config
to generate a new XF86Config file for my new monitor. See my next message
> While I'm at it, the 2-bit questions:
> 1) what was the command to switch between screeen sizes?
Ctrl-Alt-<PLUS> and Ctrl-Alt-<MINUS>
<PLUS> and <MINUS> refer to the keys on the numeric keypad.
> 2) for that matter, if i use xdm, how do i switch between 8 & 16?
easiest way is to edit /etc/X11/xdm/Xservers file. Mine looks like:
# $XConsortium: Xserv.ws.cpp,v 1.3 93/09/28 14:30:30 gildea Exp $
# Xservers file, workstation prototype
# This file should contain entries to start the servers on the
# local machine; if you have more than one display (not screen),
# you can add entries to the list (one per line). If you also
# have some X terminals connected which do not support XDMCP,
# you can add them here as well. Each X terminal line should
# look like:
# XTerminalName:0 foreign
# X servers are automatically added to this file by the Debian
# xbase and xserver configuration scripts.
:0 local /usr/X11R6/bin/X :0 -bpp 16
:1 local /usr/X11R6/bin/X :1 -bpp 8
The '-bpp 16' on the end of the :0 line does the trick.
The :1 line runs an 8bpp X server on the next available virtual tty.
On a standard debian system with getty running on virtual ttys 1-6, this
will give a 16bpp X on tty7 and an 8bpp X on tty8. Switch between them
with the usual Ctrl-Alt-F7 and Ctrl-Alt-F8.
(actually, mine doesn't always look like that. Usually I run with the
:1 line commented out. Whenever I need an 8bpp X and don't feel like
shutting down all the programs i have running, I just edit the file and
send a SIGHUP to xdm)
> 3) the file /etc/xdm.dpkg-dist exists, but xdm isn't launching.
> However, xdm from a root window successfully launches.
there seems to be a bug in the installation script for xbase. it wipes the
you can fix it by:
mv -f xdm.dpkg-dist xdm
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