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From man pages to google results, most documentation explains how to interact with /etc/X11/xorg.conf, which simply doesn't exist in my out-of-the-iso vanilla Ubuntu 12.04 installation.

So, where do I get documentation that actually explains how to interact with my xserver on Ubuntu 12.04?

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I'd go to

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/X/Config

for the help you need.

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I always start out with the man pages

man xorg.conf

Will show you the manual for Xorg without the requirement of internet access web browser, or a working X. So it's especially useful if you shut down X to reconfigure something ,and can't get it working properly.

'q' - quit man page 'page up' - browse page up 'page down' - browse page down '/' - enter search field

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the problem is, that my man-Page for xorg.conf talks about a single file most of the time, but this file doesn't exist. I only have an xorg.conf.d folder with some files inside, I seemed to use them incorrectly and man xorg.conf didn't help me understand why. –  erikb Jun 12 '12 at 14:17
    
It does not exist under /etc/X11/xorg.conf , because ubuntu automatically generates it. If you want to use one. Just create the xorg.conf file there and start editing the entries you require. –  tomodachi Jun 12 '12 at 14:46
    
I did and then couldn't start my Ubuntu. –  erikb Jun 12 '12 at 14:58

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