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Re: Changing monitor resolution after installng

On Tue, Nov 22, 2005 at 02:34:36AM -0500, Clint Harshaw wrote:
> 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":
> http://home.comcast.net/~andrex/Debian-nVidia/installation.html
> 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"  <----
> EndSection
> 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,
> Clint
It does help very much.  Thank you for the explanation.
Steven Wheelwright
It's never not now.
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