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Damn Small Linux => Other Help Topics => Topic started by: jharris1993 on January 16, 2016, 02:05:17 AM

Title: Oops! My display is . . !!! How to reconfigure X on DSL
Post by: jharris1993 on January 16, 2016, 02:05:17 AM
Sometimes when installing DSL - especially if the install has to be done on a different machine - the graphical display may encounter problems, the mouse may not work, etc. etc. etc.

So, how do you go about cleaning up this mess?


If you are still in the graphical display, type CTL-ALT-DEL, (the Windows "3-finger salute"  ;D ), to exit the graphical shell.

If you are at a "shell prompt" (which should look like dsl@tty1[dsl]$), you type in xsetup.sh

Once you do that, you will see a series of psudo-graphical dialogs that will ask you questions about your configuration:
*  Xvesa or Xfbdev?  ("normal" vesa graphics, or do you need Frame Buffer graphics?  If you get this wrong, your graphics might be garbage, or won't work)  You scroll up-or-down to select - if one doesn't work, go back and try the other.
*  USB mouse?  (yes or no)
*  (If no USB mouse) IMPS2 mouse? (is it a PS2 - round connector - mouse?)  (yes or no)
*  (If no USB or PS2 mouse) it will ask you about a serial mouse - I've never messed with this since my mouse is PS2.
*  Number of mouse buttons?  (2 or 3)
*  Screen Resolution?  (640x480, 800x600, 1024x768, etc.)  You arrow up-or-down to the one that matches.
*  Number of bits (color depth), (4, 8, 16, 32, etc.)  As before, you arrow up-or-down and hit Enter.
*  Keymap? (Here you arrow up-or-down to select the keymapping you want to use.)

After you do that, you can check your work by typingstartx to restart the graphical screen.

If everything works, including the mouse and it's buttons, you're golden!

If not, go back and try a different set of selections.

If you STILL can't get it to work, try asking a question here - include as much system and graphic card information as you can, and if anyone can help, you should hear back soon.

What say ye?

Jim (JR)

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