I have changed my name on the forum, or attempted to, from lawquest to sledgehammer.
We were loading vector 5.8 yesterday as part of our computer for kids programs and a member of the club brought her emachine in. She had been using windows for years but, watching (and helping) us give older computers loaded with Vector out to kids for months now, decided she wanted to switch. After "Puppying" it to get the stuff she wanted saved off, one of the guys fdisked it (I love that part) and loaded Vector 5.8.
5.8 worked fine, but the fellows couldn't get her emachine flat-screen monitor to work. So, being very busy, one of them said, "Let 'sledgehammer' try it." Everyone knew the reference was to me and that since it was a new load, I couldn't screw things up too much. The error was "out of range" or some such and I recalled that in VASM, there was reference to a different horizontal sync range. I TUIed it, logged in as root, opened xorg.conf and changed the horizontal sync to whatever the reference was, and it worked, saving the lady an unnecessary equipment purchase. Figured, "If the shoe fits, wear it." Ergo, my new name. At least for a while.
And all that aside, my real hope is that my new name might help me to remember to be more careful when working in root. If so, I will benefit greatly and someday might be able to get Thunar working properly again without a reload.