OpenSUSE 11.2+: Is it ever valid to run sax2?

In openSUSE 11.2:

  • Is it ever valid to run sax2?
  • When is an xorg.conf necessary?

An interesting summary here, see #8. The documentation at Novell for 11.2 didn’t clear up the matter. Found entry in the forum that says xorg.conf is most likely not needed.

So when someone is discussing video/monitor problems, is it correct to suggest the following (to be done incrementally):

  1. If exists, rename xorg.conf (reboot or telinit 1/telinit 5)
  2. For monitor/video configuration: Go to Personal Settings -> Computer Administration -> Display
  3. Update the driver and use driver specific configuration tool (i.e., nvidia-settings)
  4. Repeat #2

I did have some problems with my dual monitor setup (nvidia driver (not nv)). It worked but I wanted to automate dual/non-dual. I stayed away from krandr because it didn’t seem to remember things and googling confirmed deficiencies at the time. xrandr worked and then after a few tries I lost my main monitor. I will say, at the time it seemed like, xorg.conf saved me. I worked this way for about 2 weeks and after reading, I decided to try it without xorg.conf. It works, except kdm isn’t aware, and I’m now using disper for automation.

I’m not sure yet if the wacom bamboo tablet will need anything in xorg.conf.

It seems from openSUSE 11.2 and going forward, xorg.conf will be a thing of the past. It’s all black box. Correct?

Two other questions:

  • Is it possible to corrupt auto detection? Is there any specific logging, anything unique that the user can view or configure?
  • I’ve seen windows applications in my searches, but is there any way in linux to display the monitor edid information?

Thank you.

Please read openSUSE Graphic Card Practical Theory Guide for Users - openSUSE Forums
A lot of the questions asked will be answered in there.

Bookmarked. Thank you.

It’ll be interesting to see where this goes:
#308357: Replacement for Sax2 in 11.3](