Andrew L. Gould algould at datawok.com
Fri Apr 30 07:22:43 PDT 2004

"Christopher Bahn" <bahn at wz-berlin.de> wrote:
>  Dear Geeks,
> I wanted to config my x-server, but I have not any specification for my
> video-Card and monitor (because my computer is very old and second-hand). Is
> there anything I can do?
> Thank you for your advise!
> Kind regards
> Christopher Bahn (Diplom-Volkswirt)

XFree86 can probe for video card information.  Instructions can be found in the FreeBSD handbook at:


As for the monitor, if searching for the brand name and model via google fails, try starting with some fairly conservative settings:

depth = 8 or 16
modes = 800x600
horizontal sync = 31.5-69
vertical refresh = 50-90

Also, if a version of Windows is on the computer, you can find monitor and video card information by digging through Display and System in the Control Panel.

Best of luck,

Andrew Gould

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