Laptop Diaries - Linux & X Windows again

The support team have got fed up with my old Dell C400 and upgraded me to a Toshiba Tecra M2. They've also got used to triple boot systems, albeit their usual linux is Sun's SUSE/JDS. I'm a data centre guy and I want Red Hat. Firstly, its what my data centre customer's use when they use Linux, and its what my service provider uses.

Mike has cut me a DVD with Fedora 4 Core. It takes us a couple of goes to get the Disk Druid to do what we want, i.e. blow SUSE away and install Fedora into the space. The Red Hat boot manager (GRUB) replaces Sun's but up she comes.

The screen's a bit fuzzy but this has been seen before. At last, as a late adopter of technology I can leverage other people's pain. It's caused by the Horizintal Sync & Vertical Refresh rates in the Monitor Section. Thanks to all my trail blazers. Firstly I selected the Generic LCD screen with 1024x768. I then use vi to amend the Section Monitor.

Section "Monitor"
.......
HorizSync   27.0 - 82.2
VertRefresh 30.0 - 150.0
EndSection

I tried more medium numbers but they didn't work. I assume there is a way of finding out the correct numbers but I don't know it, and I tried using the Microsoft Windows tools to find out.

Now on to the utilities.

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