MEPIS X-Windows Assistant

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Note: This utility is only applicable to MEPIS 8.5 and earlier.

It provides an easy way to configure the display.

  • You can start utility from KMenu --> System --> MEPIS menu.
  • The console name of the utility is: mxconfig


The Repair Tab

This tab is intended to be used from the LiveCD. It allows you to copy the automatically generated X configuration from the liveCD onto a hard drive installation of MEPIS. This is useful if you have messed up your X configuration on your hard drive so bad that X will not start, and you're not sure how to get back to a graphical desktop to repair anything.

To use it, first select the hard drive where MEPIS is installed. In the second field, select the partition where "/" is mounted. When you click "OK" or "Apply", X-Windows Assistant will copy the X configuration from the liveCD to the /etc/X11/ folder on the partition you have specified.

This utility is only useful from a hard drive install if you have MEPIS or a similar distribution (such as Ubuntu) on another partition, and you'd like to copy the xorg.conf file from one to the other.

The General Tab

This tab has a tool for changing the DPI (dots-per-inch) setting of on-screen text. It's worth noting that font sizes of KDE applications can be adjusted under settings:/LookNFeel/fonts. The DPI setting is more of a system-wide setting for all text rendered in X windows.

Change this if your monitor's size or resolution causes text to be too large or too small and you want to uniformly increase or decrease the size of all text.

The Mouse Tab

This tab simply allows you to activate or deactivate different mouse types on your system. Most users shouldn't have a reason to deactivate any of these devices, MEPIS will work fine even if nonexistent mouse devices are enabled.

For more fine-tuned control of the mouse's behavior, see settings:/peripherals/mouse.

The Monitor Tab

This tool allows you to specify the brand and model of your Monitor. This may be necessary if you are having trouble getting the full range of available video resolutions from your monitor. If you don't find your monitor listed in the brand/model menus, you can type in the monitor's vertical and horizontal frequency ranges manually (consult your monitor's documentation).

Be very careful with this tool! Setting your monitor to the wrong model, or setting the wrong frequency ranges can cause you to lose video, or even potentially damage your monitor. Make sure you consult your monitor's documentation!

If you are happy with the resolution you are getting, it's best to leave this tool alone.

The Nvidia Tab

This handy tool assists you in installing the drivers for your Nvidia graphics card (if you have one. If you don't, this tool is of no value to you).
See here for further instructions:

The ATI Tab

NOTE: This tab does not exist starting with MEPIS 8.5. See Install ATI driver page.

This handy tool assists you in installing drivers for your ATI graphics card (again, if you have one. If not, it's just pretty to look at). You have three drivers:

  • FGLRX: This is a proprietary driver from ATI, with full 3D support
  • Radeon: The open-source xorg driver, with limited support for 3D (?)
  • VESA: Again, the generic driver, for troubleshooting or as a last resort.

If you are uncertain of which to use, consult the list of ATI_supported_cards.

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