[techtalk] Problems w/Gimp

Laurel Fan lf25+ at andrew.cmu.edu
Sat Nov 20 20:53:11 EST 1999

Excerpts from linuxchix: 20-Nov-99 Re: [techtalk] Problems w/G.. by
Darren Osadchuk at pangea.c 
> My next question is, why is this the default choice for X? My video card
> can definitely support higher colour depths, and those settings are in
> XF86Config, so how do I make X start in a higher colour depth by default,
> without having to type "startx -- -bpp 16" every time?

It's probably the default because in the days of 1M and 2M video cards,
8b color worked the best (you could run in 800x600. whee!)

Put a DefaultColorDepth line, like

DefaultColorDepth 16

in your screen section in the XF86Config file.

For example purposes only, since pasting the following probably wont
work for you, this is part of my screen section:

Section "Screen"
   Driver          "Accel"
   Device          "Primary Card"
   Monitor         "Primary Monitor"
   DefaultColorDepth 32
   SubSection "Display" 

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