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Old 10-27-2003, 08:00 PM   #1
Ulaire Smiley
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Monitor Problem - RedHat 9

I've got a Shamrock monitor here, I have no clue how old it is or anything, but it's always worked fine for me. I installed RedHat 9 with an extra Compaq monitor, but that's not in very good condition (it has lighting problems). Then I physically moved the computer to the Shamrock monitor, and it doesn't want to work anymore. Whenever it loads anything with the X Server (either the login screen or the installation screen from the install disc), the computer just spontaneously reboots.

My current comp situation is this: I want a Windows comp AND a Linux comp, but I only have 1 working monitor (the Shamrock one). I have a Linksys device that can hook two computers up to the same monitor, keyboard, and mouse, and that's what I'm using. However, plugging the keyboard/mouse/monitor directly into the Linux computer doesn't make a difference, so there's no problem with the extra device. What surprises me is that I used to have RedHat on a second hard drive in my Windows computer, but it was too much work to reboot each time I wanted to switch operating systems.

The only odd thing I noticed is that Linux's auto-detect found the monitor to be an "Unknown Monitor", but there's nothing else to show for its odd behavior.

Anyone have any suggestions? I just tested it out with the old monitor and it works fine...

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Old 11-01-2003, 09:14 PM   #2
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If you have windows setup on a computer, try this site:

Download on your computer and it should give you the info you need for your monitor. It should give you the specs to setup up linux correctly.
I used it to get info on an old computer and monitor that I have.

I have a Linksys device that can hook two computers up to the same monitor, keyboard, and mouse, and that's what I'm using.

Are you talking about a KVM switch. There has been a thread or two about this. You might want to do a search about any problems.

Good luck.


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