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    Old-Style Screen & Resolution gui setup found in Hardy!

    Wow. Thanks to Philinux in this thread, I didn't realize that the pre-hardy gui configuration tool for graphics cards and screen resolution is still available - it is just hidden in Gnome now. With the new xorg server I suppose this utility is definitely deprecated, but I was surprised to see it.

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=817611

    Basically, you go into System > Preferences > Main Menu, and in the left-hand pane highlight "Other". To the right, enable "Screens and Graphics". Now under your Applications menu, "Other" will show up and you can now fire up the old-style of video / screen configuration gui.

    *** WARNING ***: I have only enabled this, but not fully tested it on my G5 iMac. I have no idea about how the integration works with the newer style of screen configurations is (System > Prefs > Screen Resolution). If you do play with this, backup your existing xorg.conf !

    One thing that is VERY interesting is if you look under the Apple display menus, you can see a nice wide range of horizontal and vertical sync settings for various popular PPC models. So even if this utility doesn't work, you have a nice reference for what values to use for a manual edit of xorg.conf if it comes to that. Most of the values seem to agree with the various threads and wikis.

    Again, I have not tried this on my Hardy PPC box, only enabled it to look around. YMMV!
    Last edited by stream303; June 6th, 2008 at 10:00 AM. Reason: WARNING - Deprecated Utility!
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    Re: Old-Style Screen & Resolution gui setup found in Hardy!

    Oops! Thought I'd posted about this a while back when I found it, but guess either I didn't or it didn't take. I used it to "tweak" one of my Cubes' displays, and it worked very well for me. As posted above, YMMV, but for me, it definitely seemed to work, and work well.

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    Re: Old-Style Screen & Resolution gui setup found in Hardy!

    And, if you want to get there directly without messing with editing the menu, or going to the menus, at the terminal
    Code:
    sudo displayconfigure-gtk
    will get you into the application.

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    Re: Old-Style Screen & Resolution gui setup found in Hardy!

    That's great! Actually I had to use:
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    sudo displayconfig-gtk
    That is a great tip since I have often found myself in weird resolutions where you can't get to the "apply" or "ok" buttons to make any changes.
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    Re: Old-Style Screen & Resolution gui setup found in Hardy!

    Quote Originally Posted by stream303 View Post
    That's great! Actually I had to use:
    Code:
    sudo displayconfig-gtk
    That is a great tip since I have often found myself in weird resolutions where you can't get to the "apply" or "ok" buttons to make any changes.
    It is "sudo displayconfig-gtk". I guess my brain got ahead or behind or otherwise out of sync with my fingers. Thanks for catching that, stream303.

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    Re: Old-Style Screen & Resolution gui setup found in Hardy!

    Since I posted about my "tweaked" /etc/X11/xorg.conf file created using Screens and Graphics, it might be good to look at for an example of the changes made to said file by the application over the "stub" file generally created.
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    Re: Old-Style Screen & Resolution gui setup found in Hardy!

    that tool always seemed to do more bad than good for the Intel folks.

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    Re: Old-Style Screen & Resolution gui setup found in Hardy!

    The catch-22 for some PPC'ers is that sometimes you can't even get an X gui going to get to the utility, without editing your xorg.conf first.
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    Re: Old-Style Screen & Resolution gui setup found in Hardy!

    Quote Originally Posted by stream303 View Post
    The catch-22 for some PPC'ers is that sometimes you can't even get an X gui going to get to the utility, without editing your xorg.conf first.
    That is so true, stream303. That's why I've got a copy of an old one laying around for reference, should I need to edit.

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