Xorg Config

The Beauty Of X

Running X is fairly painless now, compared to a few years back. If you had to manually edit xorg.conf and get it wrong. Aaaaaargh.

Anyhow, when you install X today, it auto-configures itself.

Sometimes you find you have no xorg.conf file. It normally resides in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.

If your xorg.conf file has disappeared, here's how to generate another.

First you need to kill X. Switch to the console by pressing Ctrl-Alt-F1 or Ctrl-Alt-F2 or Ctrl-Alt-F3.

As root user, stop your display manager, if your using one.

# /etc/init.d/kdm stop
# /etc/init.d/gdm stop
# /etc/init.d/xdm stop

Next change to X11 directory

# cd /etc/X11

Reconfigure Xorg

# Xorg -configure

Follow the on-screen instructions, which create your new xorg.conf.

On completion, restart X.

# startx

Done!