[sf-lug] More Self inflicted Display Issues
tom at greenleaftech.net
Thu May 8 09:39:50 PDT 2008
On Thu, 2008-05-08 at 12:35 -0400, Blake Haggerty wrote:
> >What does /var/log/Xorg.0.log look like? Might be some clue as to
> >going wrong...
> I will try and paste this onto the list this evening. Is there another
> way to look into and edit this file besides nano? All Nano does is
> produce a blank file even for files I knwo there is info in.
For looking at files, I find "less" is pretty easy (remember, less is
more). Or for shorter files, you can just "cat" it (print the contents
Hope that helps,
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> -----Original Message-----
> From:Tom Haddon tom at greenleaftech.net
> To: "Blake Haggerty" ;
> Cc: "sf-lug at linuxmafia.com" ;
> Sent: May 8, 2008 09:22:02 AM
> Subject: Re: [sf-lug] More Self inflicted Display Issues
> On Thu, 2008-05-08 at 12:07 -0400, Blake Haggerty wrote:
> > Hey all,
> > Hoping someone will have a simple fix for this.
> > This problem is on Ubuntu Gutsy 7.10 W/ Nividia 8500GT
> > I was messing with the screen resolutions in my xorg.conf and I
> > changed some of the values and like an idiot I didnt back it up.
> > when I boot I cant see my desktop.
> > I tried to edit my xorg.conf (sudo nano /etc/x11/xorg.conf) the
> > is empty as in it is a blank page that nano pulls up (this has
> > been a problem for me with nano no matter what file I try to edit)
> There may well be other files in this directory that may be of use -
> know that every time you invoke the magic dpkg-reconfigure command it
> backs up the old one, so take a look in /etc/X11 and see if there's
> anything in there dated sometime that looks useful.
> > I tried the sudo dpkg -reconfigure xserver-xorg -phigh xorg.conf
> > sure if that is the correct syntax I usually am going off a cheat
> > sheet) That brought a screen to choose the correct resolutions and
> > did so and still no go.
> I would try starting with the basic driver (vesa) and see if you can
> it working on that. It's possible that at the same time/related your
> nvidia module (which I'm assuming you're using) got hosed. If so,
> another driver (such as vesa or nv) might at least get you to a GUI
> you can move from there.
> What does /var/log/Xorg.0.log look like? Might be some clue as to
> going wrong...
> Cheers, Tom
> > Now here is the really strange part.
> > I have a Belkein KVM switch that I use to switch between my two
> > computers sharing one monitor. When I switch over to my puppy Linux
> > Box and start working on that everything is good. If I switch over
> > the non working Ubuntu box I can briefly see the login screen. I
> > blindly enter my login and password. I will then switch back to the
> > puppy machine and then switch back to non working Ubuntu machine and
> > can briefly see my desktop for just a flash. So its there and its
> > running but it just wont display on the monitor.
> > Thank you for any help you can lend in advance!
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