Whenever I restart my system, the screen resolution has been reset to 1600 x 1200. I change it in “configure desktop” and it’s ok for the session but it changes back on reboot. Also, the font sizes are too small for xterms. Sure, I can ctrl+ to increase but why should I have to do this each time I login?
I noticed others seem to be having this problem. Is there an upgrade that will fix this? I’m using 11.2 and kde.
The video card seems to be configured properly (the display is perfect), it’s just that the resolution is too high. I reset it at 1280 x 1024 and that’s about right for me. I ran sax2 but it set the rez at 800 x 600 and the display was somewhat messed up, so I mv’d the /etc/X11/xorg.conf that sax2 created so it wouldn’t be used. I checked the man page for sax2 but don’t recall if you can manually specify a resolution. It seemed that sax2 was to id hardware and set it up. But, that’s not the point, it’s that you can’t specify the setup you want with “configure desktop” and it will be saved and used on subsequent reboots. Thought maybe this might be “fixed” with an upgrade patch. I thought about manually adjusting /etc/X11/xorg.conf but didn’t want to do that. Something else is broken.
Unfortunately, it didn’t work. Although the refresh rate was retained. I set size to 1280 x 1024 and refresh to 75. Usually the system sets it to 1600 x 1200 with refresh set to auto which turns out to be 85, as shown in the green box to the right. Another kind of weird thing, maybe unrelated but the cursor theme isn’t retained either. As a last resort, I may try to set the video in xorg.conf.
thanks for the tips,
@reddogg, I have experienced similar “video parameters do not save across reboot” problems with openSUSE 11.2. I fixed it, as suggested in various places, by running sax2 manually. This used to be in Yast, now you just need to be root and run it from the command line with no parameters. It autodetects your current settings (may take a minute with lots of screen glitches). Then you set the parameters you need and save them – it creates a new xorg.conf.
Certainly back up your old one before running sax2 (full path is /etc/X11/xorg.conf) because sometimes sax2 hoses things big time and you have to come back at run-level 3 and manually switch back to your old xorg.conf. All such manipulation must be done as root.
Yes, it ought to just work, and on most of my openSUSE 11.2 installations it does. On some, it doesn’t.
But, that’s not the point, it’s that you can’t specify the setup you want with “configure desktop” and it will be saved and used on subsequent reboots. Thought maybe this might be “fixed” with an upgrade patch. I thought about manually adjusting /etc/X11/xorg.conf but didn’t want to do that.
I agree 100% with you on this. The ‘Configure Desktop > Display’ resolution settings should be persistent. I don’t know why they don’t make it so.
It is possible to make display changes persistent (without having to save sessions) via an xrandr command within a suitably placed script: