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Re: Display all washed out

On Wed, 01 Jul 2009 13:46:37 -0600, Frank Cox wrote:
> You can easily find out.  Connect the "problem machine" directly to the
> monitor -- remove the KVM switch from the circuit.
> See if the problem goes away.
> If the problem goes away, the KVM switch is the problem.
> If the problem doesn't go away, the KVM switch isn't the problem.

	Doing that right now, and posting from that machine. The problem 
is not even mitigated.

	What's more, I ran system-config-display again, logged out, and 
logged back in. No change. It came up saying generic LCD, set to 
1280x1024, but only actually offering 1024x768 -- on a monitor that's 
really 1680x1050. I changed that to HP w2207, but it made no difference.

	Detail, which I meant to mention before, in case it tells anyone 
anything. Sometimes (I can't tell how to characterize the times), every 
movement of the cursor leaves a trail of tiny dots behind it. When it 
does, they persist even if I open a new app. They're barely perceptible, 
except in case they're right over a word or line of text (which is 
already way undersized as well as pale & faint); then they make that line 
or word all but illegible.

	Section "Monitor" of xorg.conf contains the settings : 

ModelName    "LCD Panel 1280x1024"
        HorizSync    31.5 - 64.0
        VertRefresh  56.0 - 65.0
        Option      "dpms"
Section "Device"
        Identifier  "Videocard0"
        Driver      "radeon"
Section "Screen"
        Identifier "Screen0"
        Device     "Videocard0"
        Monitor    "Monitor0"
        DefaultDepth     24
        SubSection "Display"
                Viewport   0 0
                Depth     24
        SubSection "Display"
                Viewport   0 0
                Depth     16
                Modes    "1280x1024" "800x600"

	Two other details : this is the oldest machine in the house, 
bought used from a guy who was eager to get in on the then- emerging 64-
bit systems, whenever that was. lshw-gui says it's an ASUS A7V8X, with an 
AMD Athlon(TM) XP 2200+ cpu motherboard

	I discovered when my previous lcd flat panel died suddenly and I 
had to buy this one that both the problem machine and the next oldest 
were physically incapable of handling 1680x1050; but, fortunately, HP's 
engineers had foreseen that, and the w2207h has software of its own that 
will stretch out 1280x1024 to an acceptable display -- if only I can get 
back to that. (It was doing so till I forgot that while upgrading -- 
thanks to a lot of help here, particularly from Frank Cox iirc.)

	I hope one of those details may tell one of you something.

Beartooth Staffwright, Neo-Redneck Not Quite Clueless Power User
I have precious (very precious!) little idea where up is.

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