editing xwindows?

Ok i know this is an easy one.  
I have had some problems with my x-windows configuring with my sis 6362 agp card.  And all the answers to my questions have said to edit my xf86config.  But i dont know how to edit it from the bash shell.
i think its easy so if anyone can inlighten me it would be appreciated
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xf86config is a program just type xf86config it should run a setup problem there is also XF86Setup which is case sensitive so be careful. If that doesn't work try /etc/X11 I think or /usr/X11 and look for a setup file.
Ok, from the beginning.

It would help a lot to know what distribution of Linux you are using. I will assume Redhat.

Log on as root.

Click on a terminal program. This looks like an icon of a blank monotor screen.

You should get a command line session. Assuming you have RedHat, type this line:

telinit 3

Xwindows will go away. Log back on as root. Type this line:


Be SURE to use an upper case X and lower case for all other letters. Answer the questions. You will need to know the technical specifications (scan rates) of your monitor. You can find that information in the manual for your monitor or on the web at the support site for your monitor.

Once Xconfigurator is set up you will be returned to the command line. Type this command:
telinit 5

And you are mostly done. To be safe, you do not want to leave an open root session on your machine, so you need to log root off. To do that hold down the ALT and CTRL keys and hit the F1 key. Your command line session will return. Type this command:


The computer should log you off. Next, hold down the ALT and CTRL keys and hit F7. Your windows session should come back to the screen.

J Crouchet

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