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    'Failed to parse existing file etc/X11/xorg.conf !

    I have a problem, whenever i restart my pc the resolution reverts to 1024x768, but when i change it to 1600x1200 and try to save to X Configuration File, it says the thing i said in the title of this topic.Some say Nvidia X Server Settings doesn't have permissions to do this, how can i give it permissions to replace and save the old xorg.conf?

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    Re: 'Failed to parse existing file etc/X11/xorg.conf !

    same here. I installed Karmic Koala 64 bit and one monitor is disabled, wont parse the xorg.conf file (running x server settings as gksudo.... worked in 32 bit version

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    Re: 'Failed to parse existing file etc/X11/xorg.conf !

    there is no xorg.conf file in Karmic,or an empty one.
    Have a look in /etc/X11/

    If there is one,delete it.Then make a new one:

    sudo nvidia-xconfig

    Restart X

    then:

    gksudo nvidia-settings

    Make changes,apply,save to X configuration file....

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    Re: 'Failed to parse existing file etc/X11/xorg.conf !

    Quote Originally Posted by realzippy View Post
    there is no xorg.conf file in Karmic,or an empty one.
    Have a look in /etc/X11/

    If there is one,delete it.Then make a new one:

    sudo nvidia-xconfig

    Restart X

    then:

    gksudo nvidia-settings

    Make changes,apply,save to X configuration file....
    Thanks! Exactly what I was looking for.

    Code:
    sudo nvidia-xconfig
    then

    Code:
    sudo nvidia-settings
    and now my settings are saved without any error messages

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    Re: 'Failed to parse existing file etc/X11/xorg.conf !

    One detail...:

    gksudo nvidia-settings

    ...always use gksudo when running a GUI...

    in this case (nvidiasettings) it does no harm,but if you run
    sudo nautilus instead of gksudo you can smash your system easily...
    so mind that gk for everything not running on the shell..

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    Re: 'Failed to parse existing file etc/X11/xorg.conf !

    Quote Originally Posted by realzippy View Post
    One detail...:

    gksudo nvidia-settings

    ...always use gksudo when running a GUI...

    in this case (nvidiasettings) it does no harm,but if you run
    sudo nautilus instead of gksudo you can smash your system easily...
    so mind that gk for everything not running on the shell..
    Thanks for that clarification, it's something I learned a long time ago and it should probably be a disclaimer for anything like this.

    However, I tried kdesudo nvidia-settings in Kubuntu 9.04 and it didn't work. I had to use sudo. Has this changed with *buntu 9.10 and the latest version of the Nvidia binaries?
    Last edited by undoIT; December 13th, 2009 at 03:32 PM.

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    Re: 'Failed to parse existing file etc/X11/xorg.conf !

    Can't you use gksudo instead of kdesu also in KDE?
    I am pretty sure I ran e.g. "gksudo dolphin" successfully when I used to play around with Kubuntu....

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    Re: 'Failed to parse existing file etc/X11/xorg.conf !

    Konsole says:
    The program 'gksudo' is currently not installed. You can install it by typing:
    sudo apt-get install gksu
    gksudo: command not found

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    Re: 'Failed to parse existing file etc/X11/xorg.conf !

    After deleting the old file and creating a new xorg.conf file, nvidia-settings has saved the file, but the resolution that I set 1280*1024 is not saved and the old 800*600 resolution is used when I login again. My card is nvidia 6100 and worked well in 9.04 it is troubling me in 9.10.

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    Re: 'Failed to parse existing file etc/X11/xorg.conf !

    My problem is solved unexpectedly after installing xfce over my ubuntu by sudo aptitude update&&sudo aptitude install x*ubuntu-desktop. I do not know the reason, but in xubuntu the resolution of is saved. I am yet t check in ubuntu.

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