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    [SOLVED] Empty xorg.conf file

    Hello, I'm new to ubuntu after ditching xp in a moment of intrepidity. I am currently writing this post from a dell inspiron 1100 with a 82845g built in graphics card and running Feisty. I have my graphics running with the generic Vesa driver at full resolution but my screen is very grainy and flickers. I followed some threads to try to correct this but found my xorg.conf file is empty. What can I do to correct this? And yes, I have changed video memory to 8 MB and updated my bios to A32.

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    Re: Empty xorg.conf file

    Just to confirm, can you post the output of
    Code:
    cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    Linux User: #470695 | Ubuntu User: #21844
    Laptop: Qosmio X305-Q705 2GHz C2D 3MB cache, 4GB DDR3, geforce 9700M GTS.
    Desktop: 3.4GHz OCed i7-930 8MB cache, 8GB DDR3@1600MHz, 2x Radeon HD5870.
    Server: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Xubuntu, Linode 512 package.

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    Re: Empty xorg.conf file

    You said you are using feisty, which is two releases older.
    You could download and try ubuntu hardy 8.04.1 instead:
    http://releases.ubuntu.com/hardy/

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    Re: Empty xorg.conf file

    Quote Originally Posted by Separ View Post
    Just to confirm, can you post the output of
    Code:
    cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    from root

    "no such file or directory"

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    Re: Empty xorg.conf file

    whoa. try tunning this.

    Code:
    sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

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    Re: Empty xorg.conf file

    Quote Originally Posted by forger View Post
    You said you are using feisty, which is two releases older.
    You could download and try ubuntu hardy 8.04.1 instead:
    http://releases.ubuntu.com/hardy/
    I tried and so have others, but Hardy won't even run with the live cd on my inspiron. the inspiron 1100 is a real lemon when it comes to compatibility with ubuntu

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    Re: Empty xorg.conf file

    Quote Originally Posted by -Zeus- View Post
    whoa. try tunning this.

    Code:
    sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg
    ran it and set resolution to 1024 x 768 only which is max default for this laptop. should i reboot or what next?

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    Re: Empty xorg.conf file

    also, if you are a new linux user, did you use a capital X in "X11" in the terminal..

    as far as i knew, your system wouldnt boot or work properly if there wasnt an xorg.conf file, i may be wrong
    Code:
    make me a sandwich
            no, make it yourself
    sudo make me a sandwich
            ok then...

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    Re: Empty xorg.conf file

    When you say your xorg.conf file is empty, are you trying to look at it from the livecd? If so, you have to mount your normal / folder first, and then open it. For instance:
    Code:
    sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt
    gksu gedit /mnt/etc/X11/xorg.conf
    If you want to mount it on something other than /mnt, make the mountpoint first.

    This same principle applies to any system files you want to view or edit while running the livecd.
    GRUB2

    Retired.

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    Re: Empty xorg.conf file

    Quote Originally Posted by shoot2kill View Post
    also, if you are a new linux user, did you use a capital X in "X11" in the terminal..

    as far as i knew, your system wouldnt boot or work properly if there wasnt an xorg.conf file, i may be wrong
    GOTTIT! So much for a newbie to learn such as a capital X. Now to make the appropriate changes.

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