[rescue] Monitor compatibility

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Wed Feb 11 22:40:39 CST 2004

On Feb 11, 2004, at 11:36 PM, Phil Stracchino wrote:
> I have a rescued Sun GDM-90W10 monitor (OEM'd Sony GDM-W900) which is
> showing distressing signs of impending failure.  While trying to find
> the cost of replacements, I came across a SGI GDM-W90D11 which is SGI's
> badged version of the same monitor, and has the same input connections
> (one HD15 VGA, one 13W3).
> However, my recollection from prior discussions here is that SGI 13W3 
> is
> not the same as Sun 13W3.  Can anyone substantiate or refute?  Will a
> Sun framebuffer drive an SGI 13W3 monitor?

   They are indeed different.  If memory serves, the Sun DB13W3 
interface uses the pins as sense pins and sync, while the SGI interface 
just uses the coaxial connector elements and sync-on-green.

   That said, however, I've used some Sun monitors on some SGI 
workstations with much success.


Dave McGuire                      "My tummy hurts now, but my soul
St. Petersburg, FL                 feels a little better."     -Ed

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