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Old 10-07-2007, 12:30 AM   #1
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screen resolution?

HI everybody
My graphic card is ATI Technologies Inc Rage 128 Pro Ultra TF
My monitor is viewsonic va720
I'm using slackware 12

in xorg.conf, I try to use
(According to manual)
HorizSync 30.0 - 82.0
VertRefresh 50.0 - 75.0
Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen 1"
Device "VESA Framebuffer"
Monitor "My Monitor"

DefaultDepth 24

Subsection "Display"
Depth 8
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
Subsection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
Subsection "Display"
Depth 24
#Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
Modes "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
Subsection "Display"
Depth 32
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
In terminal, all fonts look pretty, but when I startx, my monitor says out of range and stays blank.

After playing around I use HorizSync 30.0 - 62.0, I can run x but the resolution is poor. Windows and fonts look huge

Can anybody shed some lights on this?

Thank you
Old 10-07-2007, 02:05 AM   #2
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My monitor is viewsonic va720
check that please - cannot find it in Viewsonic's catalog. Post link to specs page if possible.

I have found a Viewsonic VE700? The maz H-sync is supposed to be 80. But for TFT monitors, it's not supposed to matter as they don't "scan" anyway.

After playing around I use HorizSync 30.0 - 62.0, I can run x but the resolution is poor. Windows and fonts look huge
If the windows and fonts look huge, then it is probably using 640x480 or something nuts like that. But:
when I startx, my monitor says out of range and stays blank.
... this suggests that you are running X all the time but your monitor is shutting down to protect itself from something ... probably you running hi-res at high refresh rates.

The max rates are normally only for the lower resolutions. I suspect you can just comment out the sync speeds altogether. If you don't like that, set them to 50 or something.
Old 10-07-2007, 02:54 AM   #3
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I got stuck with a resolution of "1024x768" after installing Slackware12 and the Nvidia drivers. My xorg.conf was set to:

HorizSync 31.5 - 50.0
VertRefresh 40-90

I googled xorg.conf and the resolution I required, "1600x1200", and messed with the recommended settings I found in the links until I got one that gave me what I wanted:

HorizSync 28 - 87
VertRefresh 43 - 87

I would advise doing the same, as each system is different, my settings possibly won't work for you.


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