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Date:      Fri, 18 Jul 1997 00:56:18 -0700 (PDT)
From:      Doug White <dwhite@gdi.uoregon.edu>
To:        "Majmundar, Sam" <smajmund@visa.com>
Cc:        "'freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG'" <freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG>
Subject:   Re: Resolution and system backup questions on freeBSD 4.3
Message-ID:  <Pine.BSF.3.96.970718005527.283b-100000@localhost>
In-Reply-To: <c=US%a=_%p=Visa%l=SW720_X001-970715203740Z-90726@msmailgw2.visa.com>

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On Tue, 15 Jul 1997, Majmundar, Sam wrote:

> Greetings!
> 
> I replaced my 13" monitor with 17" on cyrix 166+ PC running BSD 4.3, and it 
> crashed while loading X using .fvwmrc (NT look-like interface).
> 
> I reinstalled everything from the backup and have the following questions:
> 
> 1. 	Graphics on X flickers a lot and the resolution is extremely bad. On 
> the NT partition, things work just wonderful. On BSD, it is the most 
> horrible resolution that I have ever seen. I tuned using XF86Config file, 
> but I have no idea about the Video card chipset, etc. When mouse moves in 
> and out of Netscape, it changes colors from black to white and when I move 
> a browser window, it leaves multi-color ghosts behind. What am I doing 
> wrong???

You really need to find out what type of video card you have.  NT should
tell you if you look at the current video card driver.  From tehre, you
can select modelines from the card database, which should get you good
looking displays.

> 2. 	I had a hard time restoring from the backup. Two of the tarred files 
> complained about unexpected end of tar file. Fortunately I had 4 backup 
> tapes of different dates. Also, I was careful not to override system 
> devices, and it took almost one complete day to recover. Is there a better 
> way to take backup - so that in case of machine crash, I can bring it up in 
> a matter of hours??

I usually use 'dump' to do backups instead of tar.  Dump seems a bit more
robust.


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