> If anyone can suggest anything which might help solve my plight, I'd greatly
> appreciate it. I'm new to linux (RH 5.2) and when I load X the screen real
> estate becomes minimal...e verything is huge, the start button is more than
> an inch high. I'd like to set the resolution higher, but can't figure out
> how. xvidtune was suggested by RH support, but it has no effect. In xconf
> I've set it from the lowest res VGA to the highest my monitor/vid card
> supports in SVGA, and always get the same screen size. If I choose in xconf
> that I do want virtual desktop sizes to be available, X won't load, I get an
> out of memory error. I have a 16MB Banshee based video card (Guillemot
> Maxigamer Phoenix) and 160MB ram.
> Thanks in advance for your help,
> Steve Whitcher
I will assume you are using an XFree86 server, most likely XF86_SVGA. Have you
looked into the file /etc/XF86Config or /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/XF86Config? When
you start your X server, (possibly by typing the command 'startx'), it looks
for its configuration file, first in /etc/ and then in /usr/X11R6/lib/ and
possibly other places as well. You are going to have to setup this file for
your hardware. There is a program called 'xf86config' that will get you
started, but even after using it, you may wish to modify the file further. In
particular, make sure the lines describing your monitor's allowed horizontal
sync rates and vertical refresh rates are correct, or you could possibly damage
your monitor. Also, check out the 'Screen Section'. Here you will find a
place to configure the video modes. Make sure you are changing the part
pertaining to your server. Again, it is most likely the SVGA server, but there
are other sub-sections for the other servers so be careful. It is the 'Modes'
line you want to edit to your liking. Mine for example says:
Modes "1024x768" "640x480"
This means that I start up in 1024x768, but I can also switch to 640x480 by
pressing CTRL-ALT and either the + or - keys. (CTRL-ALT-+ cycles forward
through the available modes, and CTRL-ALT-- cycles backward through them.) You
should be able to leave the 'Virtual' line as:
Virtual 0 0
Hope this helps.