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Thanks for any help. And yes, I'm running over the XF86 site right now. But it's darn complicated to find what I need. ;)
I'm afraid your question is a little too general. Do you have any specific problems? The manual pages explain most of what you need to know, assuming you understand their lingo. Suse has the sax2 configurator program, which offers to do all the settings in a GUI. There's also the XF96Setup program doing similar things, and I think that one comes with X.
And yes, after you have made changes to your config you need to restart the server. It can't reread the file once its running, as most of the options affect the drivers it needs to load. The simplest way to start and stop the X server usually is to switch to a different runlevel ("init #"), but I have no idea which ones that would be on a Redhat system (3 and 5 on Suse).
Learning Linux: I'm absolutely new to Linux. Instead of buying the complete CD collection I invested in the O'Reilly book Learning Redhat Linux, which comes with a 2 CD version of Redhat 7.2.
The book works good for me. Additionally searching for answers to specific problems forums and mail lists proved being very helpful.
In a terminal as root type... Xconfigurator
That brings up a gui to walk you through setting up your hardware (you move around with the tab key and use the space bar to mark an entry). After your done it will restart X.
If you have something more specific with X your working on let us know.
Your config file is located
Thank you all for the help and also to those of you who send me sticky mail! :)