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Re: Changing monitor resolution after installng

Steven Wheelwright wrote:

> I am fairly new, but I was under the impression that you should not edit
> /etc/X11/XF86Config-4.  Rather, you should, as root, do
> dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86
> You can choose a `simple,' `medium,' or `advanced' configuration for
> setting the monitor resolution.
> This way, the configuration files and your preferences are managed by
> dpkg; when a new version comes, the transition will be easier.
> I apologize if I am completely wrong.  Even if I am, though, I think it
> is much easier to use the method I mentioned.
> Still, I am confused because you should have already gone through the
> configuration of xserver-xfree86 when you installed the system.

Yes, you do go through this when installing the system. However, in *every* installation I've done with the Sarge installer (and even before the Sarge installer was around), the resolution is *never* anything beyond 800x600. No matter what I would tell it, it still comes up with the same 800x600. The edit I proposed is quick and works. Since I have nvidia video cards, I'm used to quickly editing this file, as are other users. For instance, see the section labeled "Update your configuration":


In a similar vein, the fonts for my emacs windows are (on a clean installation) always too big. The fix that I routinely do to repair this is switch the order of the 100dpi and 75dpi fonts to be in this order:

Section "Files"
        FontPath        "unix/:7100"                    # local font server
        # if the local font server has problems, we can fall back on these
        FontPath        "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/misc"
        FontPath        "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/cyrillic"
        FontPath        "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/:unscaled"  <----
        FontPath        "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/:unscaled" <----
        FontPath        "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/Type1"
        FontPath        "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/CID"
        FontPath        "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo"
        FontPath        "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi"   <----
        FontPath        "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi"  <----

Note how the 75dpi lines appear *before* the 100dpi lines. On a fresh install, the 100dpi lines appear first, and that makes fonts in my emacs menus way too big for me. Upon applying this edit, and restarting X, I find the fonts for my emacs windows to be correctly sized. Perhaps there is a "Debian way" for handling this, but I don't know what it is, and have simply used the method described for getting an installation up and running the way I want it quickly.

I'm encouraged by the new work in this area that I see with the Etch installer. On each of the Etch installations I have done with the new installer, the monitor resolution is correctly configured. The font resolution issue, however, seems to remain.

Hope this helps,

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