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Thread: [SOLVED] how do I modify xorg.conf outside of the gui?

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    [SOLVED] how do I modify xorg.conf outside of the gui?

    Hey, all.

    Whenever I install fluxbuntu 7.10 on an old covington system, all I get on the first boot is a scrambled screen. This does not seem to be a problem with fluxbuntu alone, as I have the same problem with vectorlinux 5.9 light.

    Now, I know that with the right xorg.conf settings my system will work. The problem is, I need to be able to change it without booting into the gui (because I can't boot into the gui). How do I do that?

    Thanks!

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    Re: how do I modify xorg.conf outside of the gui?

    First backup the file:
    Code:
    sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf-backup
    Use nano to edit the file:
    Code:
    sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    Ctrl+o, Enter to save
    Ctr+x to exit
    (or Ctrl+x, Y, Enter to save and exit)

    to restore the original file:

    Code:
    sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf-backup /etc/X11/xorg.conf

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    Re: how do I modify xorg.conf outside of the gui?

    Since you are using 7.10, from the command line
    Code:
    sudo dpkg -reconfigure xserver-xorg

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    Re: how do I modify xorg.conf outside of the gui?

    Quote Originally Posted by sisco311 View Post
    First backup the file:
    Code:
    sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf-backup
    Use nano to edit the file:
    Code:
    sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    Ctrl+o, Enter to save
    Ctr+x to exit
    (or Ctrl+x, Y, Enter to save and exit)

    to restore the original file:

    Code:
    sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf-backup /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    Worked like a champ, thanks! I had forgotten about nano.

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