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Old 06-02-2005, 01:20 PM   #1
Garzo
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New monitor does not support video


I've got a new LCD monitor (FT500 Packard Bell) and I've hooked it up to my desktop machine running the latest Suse distro. The monitor gives me an error message (not the computer) when I run certain types of graphics (e.g. the free bubble game with the distro). It tells me that video is not supported. Rather unhelpfully it keeps the message in the middle of the screen while displaying the graphics perfectly underneath. Is there any way of telling it to grow up and love the penguin?

Thanks, Gareth.
 
Old 06-04-2005, 12:08 AM   #2
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It's not the penguin it's having a problem with, it's the resolution/frequency change that it's complaining about. Of course, I'm guessing - it would be useful to know the exact text in the message from the monitor. Some monitors (especially low cost units) are not capable of multisync operation. They can't dynamically change to a wide range of resolutions and refresh frequencies. They usually only offer a handful of acceptable resolutions, or list a narrow horzontal/vertical frequency range in the specs.

The workaround is to not play games that change the monitor frequency in fullscreen mode. For games like frozen-bubble, that's an option. Edit the file '~/.fbrc' and change the line:

$fullscreen = 1;

to:

$fullscreen = 0;
 
Old 06-06-2005, 06:55 AM   #3
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Thanks for your reply. As I don't have any documentation for the monitor, I'm not entirely sure what its specifications are. The workaround you suggested works well: thank you.

Gareth.
 
  


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