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August 15th, 2010, 02:55 PM
Day One with Ubuntu. Installed 64-bit Server 10.04 LTS on a Thinkpad W510. One thing that I'd like to accomplish is to gain control over the display brightness. Some threads that I have seen reference a file /etc/X11/xorg.conf.

I don't seem to have such a file. Am I supposed to create it?


August 15th, 2010, 03:01 PM
yes; xorg.conf in 10.04 is no longer the standard... you can generate one.. it will use it when it's there.

here's how to do that;

Switch to a tty ( press ctrl+alt+f1 (f2,f3 etc)
login with your username and password.

stop gdm with

sudo service gdm stop

then generate a xorg.conf with

sudo Xorg -configure

this will create a xorg.conf.new in your home directory)
move the auto-generated xorg.conf.new to /etc/X11/xorg.conf

sudo mv xorg.conf.new /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Make changes you want to try

sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf
and start gdm again with

sudo service gdm start

August 15th, 2010, 03:41 PM
Wow. Thanks!

August 15th, 2010, 04:01 PM
Your welcome

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