[CentOS] CentOS 5.3 - changing display settings

mark m.roth at 5-cent.us
Wed Dec 2 12:48:46 UTC 2009

Andrew wrote:
> I've just installed CentOS 5.3 on my desktop and need to change the
> installed display setting from 1280x1024 to 1024x768 (more suitable for
> my monitor). When I try this on the Display Settings tab, I get the
> message:
> "Display settings changed
> You need to log out and restart the X server for the changes to take
> effect.
> Configuration was written to /etc/X11/xorg.conf, original configuration
> saved as /etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup."
> Trouble is, I don't know how to restart the X server apart from
> rebooting the computer, but that has no effect and the display settings
> remain unchanged! Any help appreciated,

What runlevel is the system at - 3, or 5? If 3, log out and log back in. If 5, 
as someone said, you can always do a <ctrl-alt-bkspc>.

Hmmm, wonder if init 3 would work....

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