Xorg - how can I configure this thing??

Andrew Gould andrewlylegould at gmail.com
Thu Jul 9 20:51:45 UTC 2009

On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 3:23 PM, herbs<herbert.raimund at gmx.net> wrote:
> Hi Daemons,
> I am stuck with a fresh installation, FreeBSD 7.2 with the usual X Server environment..
> Usually I invoke xorgconfig to set up the hardware I have, like mouse
> driver, monitor frequency, resolution and so on.
> The new X server 1.6.0 seems to have some sort of autoconfig. I compiled
> the /usr/ports/X11-wm/fluxbox - it installs the X Server with Fluxbox.
> Then I type startx.
> The twm windowmanager shows up, but accepts no input. Mousepointer
> stuck, no key input.
> I cannot even create a /etx/X11/xorg.conf file by invoking ./xorgconfig ..
> What am I doing wrong? Can anybody give me a hint in the right
> direction?
> Thanks!
> herb langhans


1.  Get to a terminal (ctl-alt-F2 should get you there).

2.  Log in as root.

3.  Execute:    'Xorg -config'
     This command should probe your hardware and create a sample
xorg.conf file ("xorg.conf.new", I think) in root's home directory.

4.  Using your favorite console-based editor, edit the new xorg.conf.new file.
     In the "ServerLayout" section, add the following:
        Option     "AllowEmptyInput"    "false"

5.  Save the xorg.conf.new file to  /etc/X11/xorg.conf

6.   Make sure the following 2 lines are in /etc/rc.conf:

7.  Reboot the computer and test X.

Best of luck,


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