Re: [tracker2] Setting profile switching with minicom?
- Interesting - thanks for the information. Maybe it's time to get out
the pliers and start yanking pins. =]
It's made worse by the fact that you can't tell if the monitor is off or
just in power save mode, and you can't get to the on-screen menu to see
if it's working after it's decided there is no signal and it needs to
turn off. My Dell monitors just go to a test pattern, and the LED color
tells you if they're on or not.
Robert Thompson wrote:
> Hopefully this offtopic material is more useful than annoying.
> Viewsonic had a firmware bug in a series of their monitors, and didn't
> consider it worth fixing. It isn't that they can't handle text mode...
> they just advertise a slightly different set of refresh frequencies
> than they can actually support, so a lot of video cards get confused.
> This behavior may differ on different cards, so swapping video cards
> sometimes works.
> A friend has had some success by using an extension vga cable that was
> missing the DDC pins, so the card would stop trying to match the lying
> monitor. A lot of older KVM cables intentionally are missing those pins
> since KVM usage confused some card/os combinations once upon a time.
> This does tend to prevent Windows from showing the higher resolution
> modes by default, but this can be worked around. Also, in the more "user
> friendly" distributions of Linux, this will prevent the X auto
> configuration from discovering the display's horizontal and vertical
> refresh, leaving you with the basic VESA modes unless you hand-edit things.
> If that doesn't work, the best option is to get a new monitor. It's sad,
> really, since the viewsonic my friend had was a *very* good monitor
> otherwise. It just totally refused to work with some video cards that
> worked fine with many other monitors, and would only work in certain
> modes on other cards.