i810switch -> xrandr for F8

Richi Plana myfedora at richip.dhs.org
Fri Sep 28 00:52:16 UTC 2007

On Thu, 2007-09-27 at 19:23 -0500, Matt Domsch wrote:
> The i810switch program has been around for a while, and it forces the
> Intel i810 - i945 series video chips to enable or disable the external
> VGA or LCD panel video output devices on a laptop.  i810switch has not
> had an update since June 2005.
> In Fedora 8, the xrandr application provides this same functionality,
> natively in the Xorg subsystem.
> In my limited testing, xrandr works on the i810 class hardware I have
> access to.
> I'd like to drop i810switch from the distribution for Fedora 8, and
> add a release note suggesting users of i810switch use xrandr instead.
> Thoughts?

How does the xrandr method compare to i810switch's in terms of energy
saving? Do they do the same thing to switch off the video output? If
i810switch's method is better, can it's mechanism be rolled in to xrandr
(via upstream, of course, 8-|).

Richi Plana

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