After messing around with Debian on my machine for a while, I installed SuSE 8.1 on the notebook of my girlfriend (didn't want to configure all the exotic hardware there by hand
Everything is running fine, but there is one thing that drives me mad:
Suse configured the TFT-Monitor of the Notebook in such a way, that it ran with 70 hertz.
I've heard, that using TFT's with the wrong frequency can destroy them, and that the only refresh-rate allowed for most TFT's is 60 hertz.
To check which modes are supported, I booted windows, and the only mode supported there was indeed 60 hertz.
Now I tweaked the refresh rate myself (without really knowing what I was doing), and limited the horizontal refresh rate to 60 hertz.
The only mode with 60 hertz in sax2 is XGA, all other modes with 1024x768 use 70 hertz at least.
Therefore I chose XGA, and now it is running with 61 hertz (according to the sax2 test environment).
Can this marginal difference cause any damage to the TFT? What would happen if I would let the TFT work with 70 hertz?
Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to find useful information about this topic, I searched google for hours, and found nothing useful.
I have also tried to find some information in the manual, of course, but they aren't saying anything about the display's specs there...
I hope anyone can help me, because I don't want to destroy her notebook, it was hard enough to convince her that she should try Linux.