The untimely death of Joe Goble affects different folks in different ways.
Me, I was insulted that he checked out, without helping me solve my problem, so I was obliged to fix it myself, and did so, thinking of Joe.
Problem: newest (but not the old) version of LXDE refuses to permit 1280 x 1024 x 16, as I have used on this computer, with both XP, and older versions of PCLinuxOS, going back to Mandrake.
Yes, it is a computer from 12 years ago. Works fine. Uses very little current, therefore inexpensive to operate, perfect for the task of internet radio station receiver, as I have described elsewhere (at linux questions dot org). In another thread, on this forum, many in the Sandbox pay tribute to Joe in another fashion, by listing various musical compositions. That's good, but with internet radio reception, one can play music all day and all night, without changing CD's etc....
So, back to the problem: It is really a trivial issue, because the OS works just fine, with 1024 x 768, but, I am dissatisfied looking at such a miserable screen resolution, and I want to continue looking at PCLOS as I always have, or with an even sharper resolution, not with an inferior screen resolution.
If one accesses the Drake control center, one is disappointed to learn that the old method: which permitted the user to choose, and then test, various parameters, IS GONE. All one can do is assign to the monitor, the proper resolution, but not the card.
Then, we need a different approach, since good old reliable Drake had preceded Joe onto the pyre: We have to jury rig the xorg.conf file in /etc/X11.
1. click on the terminal icon. Type su
then, enter the password
2. type cd /etc
3. type cd /X11
4. type ls and the user should see a file called "xorg.conf"
5. edit that file by typing nano xorg.conf <--"enter"
6. in that file, change the default depth from 24 to 16--> this step, formerly accomplished with Drake, is no longer permitted.
7. in that file, change the "preferred mode" to 1280 x 1024, again, no longer permitted using Drake, in the newest version of LXDE.
8. in the subsection "display" under modes, add: "1280x1024"
9. To save, type CNTRL O, letter o, not zero.
10. To exit, type CNTRL X, or x both work.
Reboot, and now, computer will display 1280 x 1024, just as it did, ten years ago.
Thank you Joe. You will be missed.