Originally Published: Sunday, 23 January 2000 Author: Craig Bamford
Published to: enhance_articles_hardware/Hardware Articles Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

The Trouble With Monitors

Have you had trouble with a monitor? I've had trouble with my particular monitor ever since I installed Linux. I am not sure if it was a problem unique to my monitor, the entire production model, or even the brand. However, after much scrutiny and experimentation with another monitor, I was able to determine that it was indeed my monitor that was at fault. Once that was settled, the best way I could see to solve the problem was to acquire a replacement.

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Have you had trouble with a monitor? I've had trouble with my particular monitor ever since I installed Linux. I am not sure if it was a problem unique to my monitor, the entire production model, or even the brand. However, after much scrutiny and experimentation with another monitor, I was able to determine that it was indeed my monitor that was at fault. Once that was settled, the best way I could see to solve the problem was to acquire a replacement.

The problem was one that hindered much of my work under Linux. I could not switch video modes! Example: If I was in X-Windows and I wanted to go to another virtual console by pressing 'alt' + 'ctrl' + the number of the console, the monitor wouldn't switch video modes from 16-bit, 640 x 480 to the monochrome console. This was a very frustrating problem, causing me to return to X-Windows and use the Konsole program to do my work. The matter was only worsened by its unpredictable nature. At some points, it would change modes perfectly, yet five minutes later, it would not. I knew that Linux directly supported the monitor, because I set it up during installation.

The monitor in question was a 15 inch MAG DJ530. It's a good little monitor that works well with other operating systems, but had a serious problem with Linux. To make sure that it was the monitor causing the difficulty, I was able to obtain a 14" Daytek monitor from a friend to work with on this project. After attaching the monitor, I changed the appropriate settings using SaX through YaST (Yet Another Setup Tool), a configuration utility for the SuSE distribution. With that completed, I started X-Windows and then began switching virtual desktops and consoles, testing to make sure the monitor could change video modes properly. After some time I was satisfied and pronounced the monitor as functioning properly. It was clear that monitor was just fine.

In closing, I thank you for your loyalty and your attentiveness. If you have experienced similar problems, or have any problems with Linux at all that you have encountered as a new user, please send them to me, Craig Bamford, so that I can continue to learn.

MAG is Copyright 1999 MAG InnoVision. All Rights Reserved Daytek is Copyright 1999 Daytek Electronics Corporation. All Rights Reserved.





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