Ubuntu 11.10 Failed to parse existing X config file ‘/etc/X11/xorg.conf’!

After installing Ubuntu 11.10 on my desktop the second display was disabled by default.  I enabled it in the nVidia Xserver settings page but couldn’t save the configuration file.  I was getting the message Failed to parse existing X config file ‘/etc/X11/xorg.conf’!, I resolved this by doing the following.

  1. open a terminal
  2. sudo mv -i /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.backup
  3. sudo touch /etc/X11/xorg.conf
  4. sudo nvidia-settings
  5. Hit “save configuration”

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