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Old 08-14-2003, 01:45 PM   #1
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Generic Monitor Problemos

I have this old monitor, it's about 14-15", looks old. I don't know who makes it, but it does have "PS/1" written on the front of it. Whenever a linux distro starts X, it breaks into three parts, and displays everything in three sections. I Guess you could navigate through it if you were determined enough.

I'm trying to use Knoppix 3.2 with XFree86. (Debain 3.0r1 also had the same problem with this monitor.)

Now this monitor worked (and still does) work with Windows, and any text displaying. Now I have a slight hunch that it's the horizontal refresh, but I'm still a newbie, so I don't really know.

Anyone have any tips, solutions, or...anything else?

Old 08-14-2003, 02:00 PM   #2
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You could try to tweak the modeline for it
with xvidtune. Becareful: you can damage
your monitor with that tool.

If you change the syncing and it works, then
you can print the modeline and add it to your
/etc/X11/XF86Config (you'll need to read some
docs to figure out how that works).

Carlo Wood
Old 08-15-2003, 01:23 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply, but is there any sure-fire way to do it without damaging my monitor? :d
Old 08-16-2003, 11:38 AM   #4
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You can *try* using "X -configure" with this monitor, but it may be too old for X's autodetection stuff to work. X -configure will write a temporary configuration file and tell you what it could and could not detect and how to fix it and test your new config


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