[Comm-en] HP Pavilion Monitor Problems

Michael Shigorin mike at osdn.org.ua
Sun Feb 1 21:36:24 MSK 2004

On Sun, Feb 01, 2004 at 08:34:11AM -0600, D&J Bouley wrote:
> I'm trying to help a friend move into the world of Linux.  I
> have installed Junior 2.2 on his HP brand PC, however, we're
> having problems with his monitor's (HP Pavilion Mx70) refresh
> rate.  Seems as though, withing certain windows in KDE
> characters and graphics go missing.  Switching from one virtual
> desktop and back "refreshes" the screen and everything is
> visible again (most of the time).

If it's i845-based system, then it's not monitor but that
particular version of XFree86 ( which got specific

The solution is to either downgrade to 4.2.1 or upgrade to 4.3.0;
I have spare set of 4.2.1-alt4 packages which are known good
regarding that particular bug, and there's "Shrek's backport
collection" having XFree86-4.3.0 among other goodies here:

> Anyone here know how to fix this problem?  We've selected all
> of the appropriate options under the ALT Control Center for
> monitor and graphics card settings, but the refresh rate just
> doesn't work properly.

It just isn't RR.  Frankly, it's a lapse that XFree86 build with
quite exposed problem (manifesting itself on a widespread video
target) went into ALx2.2 :(  but things got better since then, so
there's hope that audio/video-related problems are much more rare
in ALT products now.

In fact, you can just try Compact to see -- there's a fresh
snapshot at ftp://ftp.altlinux.ru/pub/people/darkstar/iso, and
its buglist at http://bugzilla.altlinux.ru/show_bug.cgi?id=3005
seems to be getting shorter with each snapshot so hopefully the
release is closing in.

We'll be testing it tomorrow here in Kiev, if most things are OK
then freshmeat/distrowatch announce will follow as 2004011x were
quite comfortable to us already.

 ---- WBR, Michael Shigorin <mike at altlinux.ru>
  ------ Linux.Kiev http://www.linux.kiev.ua/
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