Can't get X to start in 1280 x 1024 resolution

Russell Shaw rjshaw at
Fri Aug 4 20:35:05 PDT 2006

Tom wrote:
> --- Russell Shaw <rjshaw at> wrote:
>>It just picked the highest resolution
>>things would allow because you didn't
>>specify a modes line like this:
>>      SubSection  "Display"
>>          Viewport    0 0
>>          Depth       16
>>          Modes       "1280x1024"
>>      EndSubSection
> Yes, I know (sort of) why it started
> at 1400 x 1050 (although shouldn't
> the monitor prevent that?), but I
> can't figure out why it won't start
> at all when I put in a modes line
> exactly like you have above.

That's when you should see what the log file says.

>>You get more colours if you specify
>>   DefaultDepth    24
> Definitely over my head here, but
> doesn't DRI require a maximum of 16
> bpp (and does it speed things up
> enough to justify running at 16 bpp)?

There shouldn't be much change in speed, but it might
use double the video ram. But you get 8 bits per r/g/b
pixel or 256 levels per colour channel which would make
things look much better.

>>Also, you don't need those
>>"Viewport    0 0" lines.
> I can take those out. The automatic
> configuration put them there, so I
> didn't see any reason to delete them.

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