[Novalug] incredibly stupid monitor
karhunhammas at Lserv.com
Wed May 14 09:18:44 EDT 2008
On Tue, 13 May 2008, Mackenzie Morgan wrote:
> On Mon, 2008-05-12 at 11:24 -0700, Beartooth wrote:
>> And is it true that ViewSonic doesn't make a 1280x1024 any
>> more? There are certainly lots of them still for sale; but at
>> viewsonic.com I did get 'We found "0" documents matching your
>> query "1280x1024 lcd"'
> That's not even a standard (4:3) resolution. That's 5:4
> resolution. 1280x960 would be a proper 4:3 resolution.
Well, fwiw, I went to the local Staples yesterday in
search of a particular Samsung that Dangerous Dave had
recommended. It wasn't there, and the nearest thing to it in
price was *way* rectangular -- looked like at least 2:1 to my
untrained, unskilled eye. So I looked over what all else was
I ended up with an HPw2207h, 22" diagonal, 1680x1050
native, which I make out to be 1.6:1 -- way wide for its height,
but less so, to my eye, than most of what was there.
When I got home, I couldn't resist at least trying to
find out if my oldest desktop (an ASUS A7N8X-VM400, I think it
calls itself). It triple boots to CentOS 5, Fedora 8, and Ubuntu
7 -- and no, I don't recall offhand if that's 7.04 or 7.10, nor
much care. (Last time I booted to it, it offered to upgrade
itself to the latest; I let it try; it failed.)
CentOS handled the new monitor better than any of them
had handled the square one with the external transformer; it took
me a while to realize that something, it or the monitor, was
simply stretching the 1280x1024 that it was set for across the
bigger space. (Yes, I calculate that it gives me two or three
dozen more square inches, despite being so far off square.)
When I did realize that, I tried to reset it -- with the
GUI for Display that both Fedora and CentOS have. Bad move. It
apparently changed it in one place but not another. Result: the
monitor tells me to change the resolution, then puts itself to
sleep as soon as I try to log in (GUI-ly, of course). (Is there a
way to log into text mode from the standard login prompt,
rather than boot to it??
I'd've had to gnaw my way through booting to text mode
(which I'd've had to find in some manual and then re-learn). So I
booted to Fedora -- which also looks fine stretched -- mounted
the CentOS partition, edited /etc/X11/xorg.conf, and got out. I'm
about to reboot, trying CentOS again, just to see what I can see.
I have hunted, and I have lived.
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