Setting up XFree86 is not difficult in most cases. However, if you happen to be using hardware for which drivers are under development, or wish to obtain the best performance or resolution from an accelerated graphics card, configuring XFree86 can be somewhat time-consuming.
In this section, we describe how to create and edit the
XF86Config file, which configures the XFree86
server. This file is located in
/etc/X11/ in the
current version of XFree86, but in
/etc/ in the
previous versions. Also, the file format has changed between Version
3 and Version 4; what we describe here applies to Version 4, the
current version (to make things worse, some Red Hat versions call
XF86Config-4). In many cases, it is
best to start out with a “basic”
XFree86 configuration — one that uses a low resolution. A good
choice is 640x480, which should be supported on all video cards and
monitor types. Once you have XFree86 working at a lower, standard
resolution, you can tweak the configuration to exploit the
capabilities of your video hardware. The idea is that you want to
make sure XFree86 works at least minimally on your system and that
something isn’t wrong with your installation before
attempting the sometimes difficult task of setting up XFree86 for
real use. With current hardware, you should easily be able to get up
to 1024x768 pixels.
But before you start to write an
XF86Config file yourself, try one of the configuration programs that are available. In many cases, ...