Xorg - how can I configure this thing??

Warren Block wblock at wonkity.com
Thu Jul 9 21:43:43 UTC 2009

On Thu, 9 Jul 2009, Andrew Gould wrote:
> 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:
>         hald_enable="YES"
>         dbus_enable="YES"

Step 4 says "ignore HAL for input configuration, use mouse and keyboard 
config from xorg.conf" and step 6 sets up HAL.  It's best to pick one or 
the other.  The Handbook uses the hal version, making step 4 is 

-Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA

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