[CentOS] How to configure display on CentOS 6?

Fri Jan 25 08:02:18 UTC 2013
Toralf Lund <toralf.lund at pgs.com>

On 23/01/13 17:04, m.roth at 5-cent.us wrote:
> Toralf Lund wrote:
>>> Ned Slider wrote:
>>>> On 22/01/13 14:32, Toralf Lund wrote:
>>>>> How exactly are you supposed to configure the display (i.e. set up
>>>>> X11) on a CentOS 6 system? I mean, in the past, there was
>>>>> system-config-display, but that's not supported any more. There is
>>>>> gnome-display-properties/System->Preferences->Display, but that seems
>>>>> to rely completely on auto-detection of the graphics card and monitors.
>>>>> What if this fails? Surely there should be a way to specify everything
>>>>> by hand?
>>>> Yes, Xorg will still use /etc/X11/xorg.conf if present so you can craft
>>>> a config file by hand.
>>> *sigh*
>>> still miss Xfree86 and the xconfigurator, that was *NOT*
>>> desktop-dependant, and let you configure graphically and tune it.
>> Exactly. The tool mentioned above was actually post XFree86, though...
> Right. I hate having to edit xorg.conf by hand - it's a real pain, init 3,
> edit, startx, wait for it to crap out, or<ctrl><alt><bkspc>....

I have to say that I had some major headaches (mostly related to using 
KVMs) even with system-config-display with CentOS 5, though, related to 
the fact that the "auto" stuff would sometimes override the xorg.conf 

>> Anyhow, I guess I suspected that the program was removed completely with
>> no real replacement. Bad decision, if you ask me, but I suppose Red Hat is
>> to blame, and not the CentOS people. It's nice to know that you can still
> Oh, of course it was RH's. I think they've gone to "but it'll work out of
> the box, like WinDoze!!!" (not that they're alone in that).
> <snip>
Yep. This sort of worries me. I mean, one of the main reasons for using 
Linux, is that it does not traditionally take that approach - so you're 
not completely stuck the day things don't "magically" work after all.

It worked out of the box exactly "like Windows", by the way, that's why 
I needed to fix things ;-)
>> It seems like the  system-config-display still can be built and used on
>> the latest versions, though. I actually found a binary version via a
>> little search. It actually turned out that I didn't need it to get my
>> display up and running, as the problem was actually a missing driver
>> package, but I still think it's nice to have.
> Really! Do you have a link to src?
What I found was this:

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