screen size is too large after freebsd install

Lee Harr missive at
Fri Aug 22 18:41:38 PDT 2003

>I have spent over 2 days trying to install this software but no matter
>what I do the desktop size always ends up being too big.
>If I click on alt + ctrl + - or + nothing happens. Tryed altering the
>xf86config file it won't let me.

Are you editing the file as root?

>Why is this so hard seriously its a pain.

Getting X set up right can be frustrating.

Here's what I usually do.

1) log in as root
2) XFree86 -configure
3) ee
4) look in that file for the mouse section
    - replace /dev/sysmouse  with  /dev/psm0
    - if you have a wheel mouse, add the line
       Option      "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
5) look for the screen section
    - add the line
       DefaultDepth    24
       DefaultDepth    16
         before the parts that say
            Subsection ... EndSubSection
    - in whichever section you choose (16 or 24)
        add a line
          Modes "1024x768"
            underneat the line that says
          Depth 24  (or 16)
6) save the file (by pressing ESC-ENTER-ENTER)
7) move the file in to position with
       cp /etc/X11/XF86Config

There is also a good page about this in the handbook:

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