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    Default editing .conf files.

    why cant I do it? Im not to familiar with linux. I used ubuntu for a while.. and decided to try open suse for a possible future PS3 install. I'm a little familiar with some very very basics of linux..

    im trying to configer my xorg.conf file.. however no matter what i do it keeps saying i dont have the privileges to save any changes.

    in ubuntu sudo gedit /xorglocation/ worked just fine.

    I've come to understand that sudo gives you temporary super powers in linux.. However with OpenSuse that doesnt seem to be the case. IDK

    I tried to find something else to help me.. i read some place that su - /line/ would be the same as root.. but this hadnt granted me the ability to save my xorg.conf changes either..


    any help much?

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    Default Re: editing .conf files.

    sudo, in ubuntu, have been configured to give all root's power (which is a poor choice in a multiuser setting).

    In opensuse, sudo's power is partial and has to be configured with root's account.

    If you want to have superuser power:
    Open a terminal
    Code:
    su (to become root, it will ask you root's password)
    gedit (or kate) /etc/X11/xorg.conf

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    Default Re: editing .conf files.

    But, in general, on openSUSE you don't need to be editing .conf files. Add you almost certainly don't want to edit xorg.conf because so many utilities edit it for you. If you have an nVidia card, use the nvidia-settings program. Otherwise, use Sax2 (do not use Sax2 if you have the nVidia driver installed!).

    And in most cases, that's the way to go - use the GUI to edit these files.

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    Default Re: editing .conf files.

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    You don't actually have a trailing slash on your xorg.conf file path,
    right? The command from Ubuntu should work just fine as it's all Linux
    (assuming sudo is setup properly, which it usually is out of the box).
    On my SLED 10 SP2 box the following works:

    sux -
    <enter root password as prompted>
    gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    <manipulate, save, etc.>
    exit #get back to normal user privileges

    sudo didn't work the first time, presumably because I didn't export my
    display properly. That, too, should be easy enough to work around.
    Perhaps try gnomesu instead (`gnomesu gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf`).

    Good luck.





    u83rmensch wrote:
    | why cant I do it? Im not to familiar with linux. I used ubuntu for a
    | while.. and decided to try open suse for a possible future PS3 install.
    | I'm a little familiar with some very very basics of linux..
    |
    | im trying to configer my xorg.conf file.. however no matter what i do
    | it keeps saying i dont have the privileges to save any changes.
    |
    | in ubuntu sudo gedit /xorglocation/ worked just fine.
    |
    | I've come to understand that sudo gives you temporary super powers in
    | linux.. However with OpenSuse that doesnt seem to be the case. IDK
    |
    | I tried to find something else to help me.. i read some place that su
    | - /line/ would be the same as root.. but this hadnt granted me the
    | ability to save my xorg.conf changes either..
    |
    |
    | any help much?
    |
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    Default Re: editing .conf files.

    I am running an ATI graphics card, an HD 2900xt to be exact. I had a lot of problems with the drivers and such in ubuntu and heard other distros have better HD card support so i thought I'd try this one ( and so far i like it better ). Im not certain, correct me if im wrong, but I do need the fglrx drivers correct? In the xorg.conf its set to "radeonHD" under driver, which is not what i had in ubuntu ( it worked, just not well , but 3d apps did work..

    some one had me ( under ubuntu ) run an app called envygn ( or something like that ) which installed and configured the xorg.conf and drivers accordingly, but i guess thats only for ubuntu because i cant seem to find any place that suggest is for linux in general.

    maybe you guys can help me out?

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    Default Re: editing .conf files.

    sorry for the double post, but i couldnt find and edit button

    I edited the xorg.conf and set the driver to fglrx and edited a few other things manually and now im not getting an error box when trying to start the ATI Catylist Control Center. It appears to be working

    thanks all!

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