Re: Getting FC3 to see a Benq FP767

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On Fri, 29 Apr 2005 13:07:59 -0700, Jack Spaar wrote:

> I don't have a solution, but I do use a Benq FP767 on an FC2->FC3
> upgrade with no problems.

Well, I'm very glad to know that's possible.

> The appropriate entry in /usr/share/hwdata/MonitorsDB has this: Benq;
> Benq FP767; 0; 31.5-83; 56.0-76.0; 1

I didn't know about that file. Mine has :
 Benq; Benq FP767; 0; 31.5-83; 56.0-76.0; 1 -- in which I see no
 difference from yours.

> My /etc/X11/xorg.conf has a slightly different range for vertical
> refresh:
> Section "Monitor"
>     Identifier   "Monitor0"
>     ModelName    "Benq FP767"
>     HorizSync    31.5 - 83.0
>     VertRefresh  56.2 - 75.0
>     Option      "dpms"
> EndSection

Hmmmm.... The ones in FC1's /etc/X11/XF86Config are the same horizontally
and almost the same vertically (56.0 - 76.0); but in FC3's
/etc/X11/xorg.conf (as I may have said earlier) are quite different : 31.5
- 67 and 50.0 - 75.0

> And the Screen section of xorg.conf looks like this: Section "Screen"
>     Identifier "Screen0"
>     Device     "Videocard0"
>     Monitor    "Monitor0"
>     DefaultDepth     16
>     SubSection "Display"
>         Depth     16
>         Modes    "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600"
>         "640x480"
>     EndSubSection
> EndSection

FC1's section "screen" has subsections depth 16 and depth 24;  both have
modes that start with 1280x1024 and go down to 640x480. But the screen
section in FC3 has depths 16 and 8, and the modes are only 800x600 and

> I don't know anything about issues caused by a KVM.  But you might also
> mention what kind of video card you are using.  Will the card handle
> 1280x1024?

It did on the same machine under both FC1 and FC2. Both the display
settings under videocard, and the hardware browser say 3DLabs Permedia 2
(generic) -- and always have.

I've just tried a trick I thought might work and even be safer -- and got
my comeuppance, I guess.

I copied the whole XF86Config from FC1 onto a floppy; moved FC3's
xorg.config to xorg.config.orig (to distinguish it from the backup already
there -- which I haven't looked at); and copied the file from the floppy
onto a new xorg.conf.

One thing that I forgot in doing that was that the FC1 file  starts with a
line saying "# XFree86 4 configuration created by redhat-config-xfree86"
-- and the corresponding line in xorg.conf (also commented out) says it's
created by system-config-display. Could that make trouble, even though
commented out??

Anyway, then I logged out and back in, with no joy. So I rebooted. That
hit some sort of a fan: The boot process professed inability to deal with
X11, and showed me vast amounts of incomprehensible (to me) info in two
batches, the second of which ends with "Fatal server error: no screens

Then it offers to run the X configuration program. I told it No. It told
me "I will disable this X server for now. Restart GDM when it is
configured correctly." Google tells me GDM is the gnome display manager,
but beyond that it and its hits lose me. :-(

When I told it OK to disable, it put me at a text login. I suppose I
should login as root -- and then what? I'm not sure what to edit nor how,
other than changing the redhat-config comment to system-config-display, or
maybe just deleting it. I guess I could tell it to shut down -- and then
(at a venture) go through booting up again watching for something specific
in all that mass of info about X -- if I knew what to watch for ....

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Remember that I have little idea what I am talking about.

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