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Re: [SLE] LCD Monitors
  • From: devosc <devosc@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2005 08:01:51 -0600
  • Message-id: <da0b703b050225060127cb410@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Mikus, thanks for the detailed reply, certainly helped.... hmmm stuck
with SuSE 9.1 but I think I'l give it a bash...

Cheers.


On Fri, 25 Feb 2005 06:28:14 -0600, Mikus Grinbergs <mikus@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> In list.suse, you wrote on Fri, 25 Feb 2005 04:15:13 -0600:
> > I would like to upgrade my monitor to an LCD ( TFT ??? ) Monitor,
> > however I'm concerned about spending the money to then discover that
> > it won't work with my suse box....
>
> I have several SuSE systems with LCD monitors. It has been
> my experience that I was more comfortable with telling YaST/SaX2
> to use the GENERIC (LCD) specification rather than choose from their
> model list (my LCD panels were so new they were *not* in the list,
> and I wasn't happy with the substitute model number it chose).
>
> I'm using SuSE 9.2, which uses xorg rather than xfree86 for X.
> I had to get the *latest* SaX2 for it to work with xorg --
> the SaX2 that was on the 9.2 distribution DVD did not work for me.
>
> >
> > Are there any considerations that need to be made in choosing an lcd
> > monitor... i.e. what happens if it not in the list of know monitors in
> > YaST ? I also noticed that some monitors say required os are windows /
> > mac ??? aren't monitors os independent ?
>
> There is at least one well-advertised LCD monitor which does __NOT__
> have any buttons -- *all* adjustments (brightness, color, etc.) are
> made through software. I kinda doubt that anyone has ported this
> "adjustment software" to Linux.
>
> >
> > Lastly, how easy is it to actually swap monitors over in linux, I mean
> > as long as suse knows which graphic card is being used then swapping a
> > monitor should not be a problem ?
>
> I don't know how to answer this. Assume that nothing in life is easy.
>
> I use the DVI (digital) cable on my LCD monitors. With one of them,
> I had to tell the graphic card to *use* its DVI socket -- and I had
> to __see__ the software panel I was typing in to. So I had to first
> hook up the analog cable (so I had a screen with which I could work),
> then switch to the digital cable once the graphic card was set up.
>
>
> >
> > OT question... I've been told to look for a monitor withe + 1.3
> > million pixels, but when I look at the specs I don't see such details
> > ??? is this supposed to be something else, like colors maybe ?
>
> Affordable LCD panels come in two kinds of construction -- they have
> either a six-bit or an eight-bit "digital to analog converter".
> __If__ you are going to be doing any kind of graphical design work
> (or if your main activity will be to watch color movies) you NEED
> the eight-bit version. [It will be advertised as supporting 16.7
> million colors (note the '7').] If your main activity will be games
> (i.e., less emphasis on *exact* color), you'll do ok with the six-bit
> version. [It will be advertised as suppporting 16.2 million colors
> (sort of true -- but only if you count dithering between pixels).]
>
> Panel size is an interesting question. Since spring 2004, a number
> of *good* 17-inch models have come on the market. [Though earlier
> not-so-good models are still being offered - avoid anything with a
> "response time" of 35 milliseconds, or worse.] This "quality
> upgrade" wave has (IMHO) NOT YET spread to 19-inch models.
>
> 1.3 million pixels corresponds to a screen of 1280 x 1024. Yes,
> "quality" LCD panels come in this size. Note: if you use the
> "digital" cable, the picture will look horrible *unless* you set
> the graphics card at the same numbers as the "native" panel size.
>
> And if "game playing" is the be-all and end-all of your existence,
> buy the LCD monitor with the fastest "response time" that you can
> afford - even 20 milliseconds might be slower than you want.
>
> Good luck, mikus (I am *not* a gamer)
>
>


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devosc

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