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Old 08-18-2003, 10:53 PM   #1
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Unhappy Problems With a Monitor and RedHat9.0

I recently installed Linux on an old computer and it is great. My problem is I recently got a new monitor its a Packard Bell 1401S, it works just fine in command prompt, but once i try to start the GUI it replicates about 1000 times over giving a very very blurry image of the desktop. I know i can configure it somehow to accept this monitor its just i don't know the command. It doesn't auto-detect it in start up, the search for new hardware yields nothing. Please help this is a very nice monitor much nicer than the IBM G42 I have been using. Thank you very much in advance!
Old 08-19-2003, 06:25 AM   #2
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i cant help, but i am curious to find out if the auto-detect of monitors by linux uses the same mechanism that is used under MS Windows OS's -- else, if someone could describe it, I would appreciate.

I had a KDS radius Rad 7c which i tried to make work with RH 8, and it was a real pain.

Old 09-19-2003, 10:33 PM   #3
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I can't get a Xtreme Flat 7b KDS monitor to work with RedHat 9 and I've tried everything! Anyone have something new that might work?
Old 09-20-2003, 02:04 AM   #4
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Check your horizontal and vertical refresh rates of your monitor(from the manual). Try entering those values in. If you are in Gnome or KDE, look for a setting called Display(its in System Settings) - go to the advanced tab. If Linux didn't recognize it in the first place, your monitor will be listed as "unprobed" (at least that's what it did in my case - I use a SMILE monitor). Leave it as it is and just change the hrr and vrr according to your manual.
To do it from the prompt, run:
Hopefully that'll solve your problem. BUT like I say always, don't mess around with the hrr and vrr settings of your monitor.
Also check out:
Old 02-19-2004, 05:05 AM   #5
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Narrow fluoro green display. Help Please.

I am an ABSOLUTE newbie and my ignorance will probably make more experienced users groan but here goes. I installed fedora on my old 550 mhz pc. So far I have been unable to obtain an acceptable display. My monitor came up as unprobed. I selected the options generic - 1024x?, 800x600 and then tried 640x480 and alll to no avail. Should I try the unprobed choice? It is extremely difficult to read the screen at present unless I connect my new monitor (- but it belongs to another PC).

I will try the unprobed choice but does anyone have any feedback or knowledge for me.? I had this problem when using a CD run Knoppix distro and for that I had to type in "knoppix screen=640x480" after pressing F2 when the initial splash screen appeared. However, the fedora starts differently and progresses so quickly I can't read any options for keying in a similar command. Can a similar thing be done with fedora? Like I said my knowledge is woeful but I have to start somewhere...


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