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How do I fix resolution, refresh rate & Linux drivers?- Novell SUSE Linux

By xboomerx ·
The DELL PE 2400 has an ATI Technologies
3D Rage IIc 4MB video card.
I am totally new to SUSE and all Linux systems.

The desktop is too blurry run anything.
The current resolution, refresh rate and Linux drivers
are the defaults from SUSE installation.
How do I find the current resolution, refresh rate
and Linux drivers?

I quess I need some type of text mode
to run Linux commands.
On Boot-up I see SUSE Linux 10.1(Failsafe).
Do I run this option to fix the resolution
and/or refresh rate?
What should I do next?

Thank You
Bob Whitman

Blurry desktop problem with SUSE Linux 10.1
I successfully installed Novell SUSE Linux 10.1
with Windows XP pro on my DELL PowerEdge 2400 sever.
I am new to SUSE and all Linux.
When I boot-up Novell SUSE Linux 10.1,
the desktop is very blurry.
How do I fix the fix this problem?
Thank You
Bob Whitman
PS: Hardware Specs - DELL PowerEdge 2400 server.
Two(2) 866Mhz Pentium III processors
Six(6) SCSI 9GB drives
512MB of Memory(RAM)
SCSI CD drive
Floppy drive
Two USB 1.0 connections(Ports)

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the simple answer

by Jaqui In reply to How do I fix resolution, ...

edit xorg.conf or xf86config, depending on which is in the /etc folder [ could be /etc/x11 folder ]

this file has the refresh rates for the monitor, and the diplay resolution for default display.

my xorg.conf looks like this:

# **********************************************************************
# Refer to the XF86Config man page for details about the format of
# this file.
# **********************************************************************

Section "Files"
# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
FontPath "unix/:-1"

Section "Extensions"
Option "Composite"

Section "ServerFlags"
#DontZap # disable <Crtl><Alt><BS> (server abort)
AllowMouseOpenFail # allows the server to start up even if the mouse does not work
#DontZoom # disable <Crtl><Alt><KP_+>/<KP_-> (resolution switching)

Section "Module"
Load "dbe" # Double-Buffering Extension
Load "v4l" # Video for Linux
Load "extmod"
Load "type1"
Load "freetype"
Load "glx" # 3D layer

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard1"
Driver "kbd"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
Option "XkbOptions" "compose:rwin"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "usbwheel"
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "6 7"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "monitor1"
VendorName "ViewSonic"
ModelName "ViewSonic 17PS"
HorizSync 30-82
VertRefresh 50-160

# TV fullscreen mode or DVD fullscreen output.
# 768x576 @ 79 Hz, 50 kHz hsync
ModeLine "768x576" 50.00 768 832 846 1000 576 590 595 630

# 768x576 @ 100 Hz, 61.6 kHz hsync
ModeLine "768x576" 63.07 768 800 960 1024 576 578 590 616

Section "Device"
Identifier "device1"
BoardName "ATI Rage XL AGP"
Driver "ati"
Option "DPMS"
Option "XaaNoOffscreenPixmaps" "1"
Option "AccelMethod" "EXA"

Section "Screen"
Identifier "screen1"
Device "device1"
Monitor "monitor1"
DefaultColorDepth 24

Subsection "Display"
Depth 8
Virtual 1280 1024

Subsection "Display"
Depth 15
Virtual 1280 1024

Subsection "Display"
Depth 16
Virtual 1280 1024

Subsection "Display"
Depth 24
Virtual 1280 1024

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "layout1"
InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"
InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer"
Screen "screen1"

just so you have a functioning 1280x1024 24bit colour display that is crystal clear config to use as reference.

edited for display purposes, pre doesn't work right.

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Yes it is /etc/X11/xorg.conf in SuSE

by stress junkie In reply to the simple answer

I recommend that you switch to PCLinuxOS. You can get it at It is very easy to install. I put it on my Toshiba Satellite notebook computer. It was the easiest installation that I ever did.

SuSE is good but it can be a problem. The SuSE people appear to be trying to be bleeding edge at the expense of being easy to use.

SuSE has a utility called sax2 that you can use to set up your X configuration. You can run it at a text prompt or within X windows. It will allow you to set the center, height, and width of the screen, and then it will calculate the proper settings for /etc/X11/xorg.conf.

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