To x perts:
I've posted about this before, as have several other people. I've read
HOWTO's, and FAQ's, and I've tried many things, but can't get what I would
Here is what I want: I would like to start at 1024x768, 16 bits, by
default, without hitting cntrl-alt+
I've read much on this, ran xf86configurator, edited XF86config file several
times, all to no avail.
Here is what I was told, and what I've done:
1. ran xf86config. program, gave proper monitor info, using svga server on a
Matrox Millennium G200.
2. I reordered the resolutions, so Modes says "1024x768 800x600 1240x1024"
so 1024x768 is first.
I reordered the Display modes, so 16 bits per pixel is also before the 8 bit
I've entered Virtual 1024 768, so it doesn't use the largest 1200x1024 by
default, as people have said that would also happen
None of this has changed either resolutions nor bbp.
3. I also read in a FAQ that sometimes, the Modelines of the monitor
section must be reordered.
I placed the Modeline for 1024x768 at 85 mhz etc first in the list of
Still no luck.
Now: Does ANYONE know:
1. Exactly what determines the whether x runs in 8 16 bbp, or what
2. I read you can run xdm or startx with -bpp 16 to use that color depth.
Now, the Red Hat 6. installation asked me if I wanted to start X
immediately upon booting, I answered "Yes". Consequently, I don't know
where (if anywhere) xdm or startx called from. If I knew that, and edited
the script to "xdm -bbp16," wouldthat would work? But I can't find where
xdm (or is it startx) is called. Was this call done (compiled in the
kernel) or something (forgive me if I sound stupid, but I'm new to linux and
I don't the details of the boot process), or is it called from an init
script (initx ??)
3. Finally, I have XF86config in TWO places: as /etc/XF86config, and also
in /etc/X11/XF86config. There are also XF86config~ files in both places --
I thought they were backups, but I don't know for sure. WHICH is
being used for configuration?
There are also these files in the usr directories, and I assume they are
defaut copies for individual users but which could be modified indiviually
to get the config they want.
I could live with x as it is, but the reason one uses linux is so you can
configure it exactly the way you want. Right now, my linux is behaving like
Windoze in safe mode.
If anyone can help me with this, I'd very much appreciate it.