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nvidia says to do this:

% startx -- -verbose 5 -logverbose 5

But how can I do it without using startx?

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I found out how to do this...

From your X desktop (i.e. Ubuntu, Gnome, Xubuntu...) open a console (Alt-Ctrl-F1).

Stop the X desktop (sudo service stop lightdm) or gdm or what ever display manager your X desktion was using.

Run the command startx -- -verbose 5 -logverbose 5 note not with sudo. Now a new X desktop will open, and...

Now /var/log/Xorg.0.log will have lots more info on what's happening when X starts.

Including the EDID from your monitor or TV, which is what I was looking for...

When done, logout, then restart your X desktop, i.e. (sudo service start lightdm) or gdm or what ever display manager your X desktion was using. Close your console (exit) and rejoin your X destop (Alt-Ctrl-F7).

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