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Re: XFree86 config for i810E 1280x960

* Craig Dickson (crdic@yahoo.com) spake thusly:
> So, now the question: why does XFree86 4.1 (Sid) insist on using the
> vaguely flickery 60Hz mode rather than the nice 85Hz mode? 

Because it's just a dumb computer program?

> Now, as best I can understand all this, it seems that both my i810E and
> my Philips monitor should support the 85 MHz 1280x960 mode, so the next
> question is how to force XFree86 to use it, and whether I risk damaging
> any of my hardware in doing so? 

man XF86Config-4. You can specify ModeLine's, just like in X v.3.
Xvidtune is your friend, too. As for damaging the hardware -- unlikely: 
modern hardware is smart enough to shut itself off (YMMV, of course).

...Is it possible that although the
> hardware may be quite happy to use this mode, nevertheless, I can't use
> it, because XFree86's i810 driver doesn't support it? Is the driver's
> "DacSpeed" device option relevant to this?

Yes, it's possible. No idea about DacSpeed -- try google. X v.3 had
README.chipset files for most chipsets, check the docs (my box worked
fine without any hand-tuning, so I never bothered to look at the
docs for v.4. Dunno what's out there.)

One distinguishing characteristic of BOFHen is attention deficit disorder.  
Put me in front of something boring and I can find a near-infinite number 
of really creative ways to bugger off.                                   -- ADB

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