[rescue] Sun Monitor Sanity Check
jonathansturges at yahoo.com
Thu Jan 17 15:57:16 CST 2008
> Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 22:23:58 -0600 (CST)
> From: "Jonathan C. Patschke"
> Subject: Re: [rescue] Sun Monitor Sanity Check
> To: The Rescue List
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> On Wed, 16 Jan 2008, Joshua Boyd wrote:
> > I've been using an Apple CRT (17" to match a sawtooth) as a display
> > first on Ultra 5 onboard graphics, then on a Raptor 64, and that was
> > happy.
> Both of which do PC-style component-sync.
> > Now I'm trying to use the same monitor on a Sun Expert3D, and I don't
> > even get a the initial open firmware boot stuff displayed.
> All the Sun color framebuffers with 13w3 ports that I've ever seen
> demand composite sync.
> > Is it reasonable to expect this monitor to work on this
> > given a proper 13w3->VGA adapter?
> Could be.
> > There isn't any chance that this card is trying to demand SoG
> That'd be Very Strange for a Sun framebuffer.
> > Considering how badly the monitor reacts when presented with both SoG
> > and composite sync, I don't think this monitor is SoG compatible.
> If you know that the display doesn't do composite sync, that's almost
> certainly your problem. If you're using an off-brand adapter to
> the 13w3 port, that might also be your problem. I can mail you a
> Sun-badged one, if you like.
> Jonathan Patschke
> Elgin, TX
Aside from the great Sun-branded adapters, a very useful cable for odd monitor/Unix framebuffer configurations is this one:
I use it primarily now to let my SGI Indy XL24 graphics card speak VGA, so I can put the Indy on a PC PS/2-style KVM switch.
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