Making settings for xvidtune (Linux) permanent?
I am relatively new to Linux and need advice. My display does not fit the screen properly. I came across a application 'xvidtune', which lets you configure your display. The problem is that, although it corrects it, the settings are lost on logoff/reboot. Is there a way to make it permanent.
from the xvidtune page at www.xfree86.org
Note: the instructions here are for xfree86 3.3.6 , there are quite a few differnces between xfree86 3.3.x and 4.0, here is a link to 4.0.2 documentation.
6. Running xvidtune
If you need to make adjustments to the video display, xvidtune is the tool to use.
Simply enter the command xvidtune from a shell prompt within an xterm. Read the warning and click on OK. Next click on the Auto button.
Now click on whatever combination of Up/Down/Left/Right Shorter/Taller/Wider/Narrower is need to adjust the display to your liking.
If you are using a recent S3-based card there will be some extra buttons and entries at the bottom (InvertVCLK, EarlySC, and Blank Delays). These can help solve problems of the display wrapping around a few pixels.
Once the display has been adjusted properly, press the show button to printout the correct ModeLine to put in the XF86Config to make the server always use the current display settings. To aid in copying this information to your XF86Config file, the modeline is also made the current selection allowing you to just paste it into your editor.
If you would like to adjust your other modes, you can click on the Next and Prev buttons to switch modes.
When you are through using xvidtune simply press on the Quit button.
Tried it out, but corrupted some thing(s). After restarting X would just not start! All went well during the startup but when it was about to go to graphic mode from text mode the screen just kept flashing. Had to reinstall Linux again. Am using RedHat 7.0. Any suggestions?
you are probably using Xconfigurator to set up X, try using xf86config, i have pretty good results with it, better than Xconfigurator. of course you will need to be at the console, i.e. X not running. BTW - you did not need to reinstall, removing xfree86 and thenn reinstalling that would be easier.
Ok I'll try it again and thanks for the solution. Do I just copy the line, which goes like this:
"800x600" 36.00 800 952 ..... +hsync +vsync
To the file 'etc/X11/XF86Config'. Or do I need to run 'xf86config' after that?
i would copy the line and place it in the areas where these setting belong.
if you read the mna page XF86Config it shoudl ehlp in deciding where to put it.
[This message has been edited by pbharris (edited 07-30-2001).]
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