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Old 04-17-2011, 02:18 AM   #1
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Problem with External Monitor - Thinkpad T42 - OpenSuse 11.4


Hi,

I wasn't sure where to post this since it falls in two domains so I posted it in both the laptop & opensuse forums figuring more eyes the better.

Sor here's what I've got ...

OpenSuse 11.4 32 bit -- fresh install
Thinkpad T42 on a 2878 Dock/Port Replicator.
KDE
VGA Monitor

Note: The laptop screen remains lit and works properly in all cases listed below.
o The GRUB boot screen initially display's on both the VGA and the laptop screens.
o Once the boot process begins the VGA goes blank.
o Once runlevel 5 is reached the VGA lights up again with the login screen.
o After login everything works normally under KDE on the VGA screen.
o When I press Ctrl+Alt+F1 to open a text session the VGA screen goes dark.
o If I create a new graphics session and toggle to it via Ctrl+Alt+F8 the VGA works fine.
o It seems that the graphic sessions work fine on both the VGA and laptop screens.
o The non-graphic sessions only work on the laptop screen.

I've run suse 9.2, 10.3, 11.1 and 11.2 (a fresh install each time -- no upgrades) on this same model T42 Thinkpad and dock without incident. It seems that it is an issue only with 11.4

Any Ideas ???
 
Old 04-17-2011, 02:31 AM   #2
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Please don't cross-post, it is against the LQ rules.

Continue in this thread

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Old 04-17-2011, 02:44 AM   #3
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Angry

Sorry. Not familiar with the protocol here.

Still -- I'm not sure if this is in the laptop camp or the suse camp. Which would you suggest?

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Old 04-17-2011, 02:51 AM   #4
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Sorry. Not familiar with the protocol here.

Do you have an possible solution for me or are you just being a forum cop !!!
No need to be snobby!!

YOU did not read the rules and in not doing so violated them.....
 
Old 04-17-2011, 03:00 AM   #5
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I read the rules, edited my reply, my question stands.
 
Old 04-17-2011, 03:20 AM   #6
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I'm not sure if this is in the laptop camp or the suse camp. Which would you suggest?
This post is probably going to be closed by a moderator. To make sure that people that are interested in this question or think they know a possible answer can easily find your duplicate I supplied a link pointing to the other thread you created in post #2.
 
Old 04-17-2011, 03:27 AM   #7
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This post is probably going to be closed by a moderator. To make sure that people that are interested in this question or think they know a possible answer can easily find your duplicate I supplied a link pointing to the other thread you created in post #2.
OK. In the future when I am faced with this dilemma what should I do?
 
Old 04-17-2011, 03:32 AM   #8
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OK. In the future when I am faced with this dilemma what should I do?
Post in the sub-forum you think fits best.

If, for whatever reason, you think you posted to the wrong sub-forum, ask a moderator to move it (you can use the Report button to do so).
 
Old 04-17-2011, 03:52 AM   #9
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Yeah but in this case it clearly falls in two camps. You created a link from one to the other -- can I do that in the future and if so how?
 
Old 04-17-2011, 04:52 AM   #10
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Yeah but in this case it clearly falls in two camps. You created a link from one to the other -- can I do that in the future and if so how?
As stated before: Pick the one that you think is best. Cross-posting is not allowed in any way.
 
Old 04-17-2011, 09:51 AM   #11
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Your a big help.
 
Old 04-17-2011, 04:41 PM   #12
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I found the solution ...

It's very simple. Add nomodeset to the grub boot options in /boot/grub/menu.lst

The fix was discovered on an opensuse.org forum but I figured I'd post it here as well for anyone who might have the same trouble.

I must have to add that there is not a bit of thanks to "druuna" who found it more important to officiously reprimand me rather than to try to help find a solution to my problem. I was an IT director for a major US corporation for many years. Had he worked a help desk for me he would have been reprimanded for his attitude -- I don't care what kind of Linux "guru" he might be. Forums like this are for you and me to share knowledge -- not to officiously enforce benign rules.
 
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Old 04-18-2011, 02:47 AM   #13
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Being snobby, sarcastic and high-handed. All that because you were too lazy to read and follow the rules and are pissed off because someone pointed that out to you.

Anyway: Your're very welcome.
 
Old 04-19-2011, 09:45 PM   #14
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Thanks for the updated solution clkennedy. I'm closing this is a duplicate thread.

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