September 23rd, 2005, 15:36
Setup fbsd 6.0beta 5 here on a box at work, but I cant get xorg to accept the resolution i want. I can run Xorg -configure or xorgcfg and those settings work, but the resolution is so high i cant read anything since its so small. In the Screen section i added a Defaultdepth 24 and a Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768", etc.... Running startx brings up a totally messed up screen where I can not even ctrl-alt-backspace to kill the server. have to cold reboot.

September 23rd, 2005, 19:59
'Junkie, what kind of monitor do you have?

September 23rd, 2005, 23:40
Its a Dell 19". Works great in obsd 3.6. Figured i try out fbsd for a bit at work.

September 24th, 2005, 10:44
But is it a CRT or LCD? I had some trouble getting Xorg to sync on an LCD. It kept trying to up the vertical refresh rate to values higher than 70-75 Hz, which is the usual max for LCDs. CRTs can usually sync up much higher, eg 85 Hz.

LCDs are happiest at 60 Hz in general. I put some lines into the conf file to force it to that and I got it going finally.

September 24th, 2005, 11:09
Its a CRT.

September 24th, 2005, 11:17
Have you tried looking up the Horiz & Vert rate specs of the monitor and inserting these lines ...

Section "Monitor"
HorizSync 30.0 - 81.0
VertRefresh 56.0 - 76.0

It sounds like the values it's probing at start time don't fit into any of the resolutions you are telling it to use, so it's picking one that appears (to it) to factor correctly.

You'll be glad to know that all this hassle seems to go away with DVI. I got an LCD monitor with a DVI cable to sync immediately by simply running Xorg -configure, renaming the conf file then running startx. It just worked. I put the same monitor back on VGA and I had to fiddle for an hour. Bah!

September 26th, 2005, 14:07
ok, was wrong about the monitor, its a sony multiscan e440. Looked on the web for the horiz and vert values and xorg actually detected them correctly, but was commented out in the file. I uncommented, tried again and got the same results. No matter what, as soon as I try and force it to run as 1024x768 it freaks out.

September 26th, 2005, 19:11
I have that same monitor, my setting are 30-96, 48-170, and the resolution is set to 1280x1024, no problems.