[Techtalk] Switching X resolutions

Nils Philippsen nils at wombat.dialup.fht-esslingen.de
Thu Nov 21 00:23:35 EST 2002

On Mon, 2002-11-18 at 16:21, Conor Daly wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 17, 2002 at 11:12:36PM -0800 or so it is rumoured hereabouts, 
> Akkana thought:
> > Alvin Goats writes:
> > > > > A trick you can try after X is working right: set up a user for you that
> > > > > has the screen settings set for those games that want a lower resolution
> > > > > and different color depth. 
> > [ ... ]
> > > Now, if someone out there has the details or know where to find the
> > > details for this........
> > 
> > I'm sure there's an option somewhere to do this ... but I don't know
> > what it is.  Perhaps by editing ~/.xserverrc (mentioned but not in much
> > detail in man startx and man xinit) to add something like a -dpi
> > argument (mentioned in man Xserver).  man XFree86 also has some good
> > info -- if all else fails, you could make separate copies of your
> > XF86Config-4 file, and call them explicitly with -xf86config file.
> > None of these directly answers your question, so you may have to do
> > a fair amount of manual reading and fiddling.
> Now, I'm beginning to think that this will be limited to console logins
> followed by "startx".  Given that [gkx]dm have already started X before
> you login and the X restart happens only at logout.

Hooray for the next version of XFree86! This will likely contain the
RandR ("Resize and Rotate") extension to switch desktop sizes on the fly
and lets us use the turnable CAD monitors which we don't posess :o).

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