Slackware 9.0 Video X Issue

By MattG ยท 4 replies
Sep 4, 2003
  1. Hey guys, im duel Booting fine with Slackware 9.0, but i have this Xwindows Problem.

    When i first got into X i changed video settings(wanting larger resolution, correct monitor etc) changed them to what i have set in Windows...

    And now when i 'startx' it comes up all garbled and i cant see what im doing.

    im not sure if all distros are the same, but am hoping some one here knows how to change to defaults or anything so that i can view things in X again.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    Find some way to boot up so that XWindows does not start automatically, if that is what it is presently doing.

    Possible ways: boot disk, boot from CD and boot installed system, type linux 3 at the lilo: prompt.

    Once in the command prompt logged on as root, and run this command:


    follow the instructions to set your display at a better setting.

    the settings file is called /etc/X11/XF86Config, if you get a working configuration you might want to back up this file before messing with things again.
  3. MattG

    MattG TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 140


    It doesnt auto start im all set there.

    I tried XF86Config

    Does this other one work better?

    and this Linux 3 thing..i have LILO on a floppy disk so i dont have to screw with my MBR. and i set it to auto start OS. no wait time..prolly stupid idea..but i did.
  4. MattG

    MattG TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 140

    Tried that...still came up.

    I have reason to belive that maybe Virtual Desktop is on?

    Said something about scrolling desktop

    When i get top Xwindows, i can scroll and see that much, but everything is still messed up.

    cant make out anything
  5. MattG

    MattG TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 140

    GOT IT!


    Turns out it WAS virtual Desktop.

    I Pico'd the XF86Config-4 file and found all my setting there, saw that Virtual desktop thing, REM'd it out, tested and booted fine!

    Thanks for the help.

    look for more this one i relavant to searches.
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