reconfiguring xserver-xorg (xorg.conf)

Terry D. Cudney terry.cudney at
Sat Aug 2 12:34:57 EDT 2008

Hi Chuck, John and everyone interested in this thread,

	Just wondering, Chuck, did you find a solution to your problem?

	I have a similar problem here, except that I have a monitor connected. After the initial installation of Debian Sid (now kernel v 2.6.26) the xserver/gdm/gnome/etcetera all worked fine. After a "aptitude  sae-upgrade", the xserver was updated and has not worked since.

	On examining the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file, it appears that the definition for my monitor is missing/incorrect.
	On initial installation, and on other systems, it identifies my monitorcorrectly, a Sony GDM-500ps.

	Now this Debian sid system has:
X.Org X Server 1.4.2
Release Date: 11 June 2008
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0

	I have tried dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg, as suggested, with low priority enabled, but it only askes for input re keyboard, nothing about the monitor or mouse.

	I have also installed the 'xdebconfigurator' package that should update the configuration on reboot, but no joy.

	If you have found a solution, could you please share it?



On Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 03:48:05PM -0500, John Heim wrote:
> This is just a guess but i think you need to reconfigure debconf. Maybe you 
> have it configured to ask only mmedium questions.
> # dpkg-reconfigure debconf
> <select  low priority>
> # dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Chuck Hallenbeck" <chuckh at>
> To: "Speakup is a screen review system for Linux." <speakup at>
> Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2008 8:24 AM
> Subject: reconfiguring xserver-xorg (xorg.conf)
> >Okay, I give up! I would appreciate a tip or two from someone on this
> >issue.
> >
> >A long time ago I installed X, but never managed to make it run on this
> >new system, using an Intel 945G motherboard. The video section could
> >not be made to work. I let it go without pursuing the problem at that
> >time.
> >
> >But now I want to try reconfiguring it, and every way I can think of to
> >try reconfiguring will only ask me trivial questions, none of which
> >deal with the details of the video configuration, as it did on the
> >first installation. What I have tried, essentially, is this:
> >
> >dpkg-reconfigure -plow xserver-xorg
> >
> >I have tried other priorities too, besides high, but am only asked
> >about using a frame buffer, yes or no, and a half dozen questions
> >about my keyboard. That's it.
> >
> >What must I do to start this puppy over again?
> >
> >Thanks,
> >Chuck
> >
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