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$ sudo apt-get install --reinstall ubuntu-desktop


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I believe the x-server was designed as a client-server architecture because initially computing resources were scarce and mainframes did most of the heavy lifting. X-terminals were just thin clients that connected to x-servers and displayed whatever needed to be displayed to the user. It does have a lot of benefits (albeit the communication protocol for ...


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From startx(1) - Linux man page: The startx script is a front end to xinit that provides a somewhat nicer user interface for running a single session of the X Window System. It is often run with no arguments. And this is where it came from. (link) It runs an XServer and a window manager. The details are too long so I'll give links. It's actually ...


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Firstly, it's not necessarily obvious that "my Qt application needs the X server to be running to do anything" - I have successfully run Qt5 applications with the linuxfb backend from upstart. If you can do that, you'll get faster startup and lower memory use than going via X. On the other hand, you might want it to start X11 client programs, or need a ...


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So after installing other things to fix the drivers the crash message went away and the fix ended up being adding Modes "1280x1024" to the SubSection in the Screen section in xorg.conf


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You could also run gtf 1280 1024 60 on the old monitor and add the Modeline to /etc/X11/xorg.conf . (If it exists. If not, you still can try to create it - see e.g. http://askubuntu.com/questions/217758/how-to-make-an-xorg-conf-file ).


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I don't know if that works, but instead of using xrandr --output CRT1 --mode "1280x1024_60.00" you should try xrandr -d:0 --output CRT1 --mode "1280x1024_60.00"



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