Reconfiguring your monitor and card

How do you reconfigure the resolution of your video card and monitor resolution?

I installed Linux 6.5 (Mandrake- Macmillan) on a relatively new computer. I had Redhad 5.2 before but could not install due to the SiS 530 video card that was part of the IBM compatible motherboard.

The installation of the XServer went ok; I put in 9 options for various resolutions 3 for 8 bit (600x480, 800x600, etc), 3 for 16 bit, and 3 for 24 bit thinking there would be a way to select one as a default -(800X600) 16 bit.

Now I need to be able to reconfigure the resolutions so I have only 800X600, Hi Color 16 bit.

I can not find anywhere XConfigurator, or XF86Setup. I did find XF86Config in the appropriate /usr/... and /etc/... directories.
elmendorAsked:
Who is Participating?
I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

ciaranjCommented:
I find XConfigurator is the easiest tool to alter resolution etc. It is on the Mandrake 6.5 CD #1 in X:\MANDRAKE\RPMS. Install by copying to hard drive and typing rpm -Uvh at a command prompt. Then type XConfigurator to run. Hope that helps . . .
0
elmendorAuthor Commented:
I think XConfigurator is already installed. I listed the packages installed and I believe it was there. In any case I would like to know other methods in case for some reason this is a problem.
0
swwelshCommented:
You can run xf86config, and instead of selecting multiple display modes, just pick 800x600 16 bit. You can also edit the /etc/XF86Config file directly - look for the line default color depth and change it to 16. Another way to force 16 bit mode is to run
startx - --bpp 16
0
The Ultimate Tool Kit for Technolgy Solution Provi

Broken down into practical pointers and step-by-step instructions, the IT Service Excellence Tool Kit delivers expert advice for technology solution providers. Get your free copy for valuable how-to assets including sample agreements, checklists, flowcharts, and more!

CentrXCommented:
xf86config is old. You should use XF86Setup; remember, Linux is case-sensitive.
0
Maxtrix2600Commented:
In running my Mandrake 6.5 I found typing setup from a terminal window worked best.
0

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
elmendorAuthor Commented:
The answer from Maxtrix2600 offers more choices. According to CentrX, Maxtrix2600 answer of xf86config is old and XF86setup should be used. Maxtrix2600 still offers more choices.  ciaranj@lc's answer was correct but did not work since the command was case sentsitive and because I had it wrong it didn't work which was not pointed out.

Credit could be shared by both  ciaranj@lc and Matrix2600 but  ciaranj@lc should have noticed the case. Everything in linux depends on case and careful attention to detail has to be noted as Centrx has noted.
0
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today
Installation

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.