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Beartooth 06-22-2008 06:44 PM

Wide, flat, & weird : HP w2207h with F8 & F9
 
I've been running several F8 and F9 machines behind a KVM switch
against what seemed the current high-end monitor in local stores. (My old
LCD, which was 1280x1024, died suddenly.)

The first weirdness, of several, is that my three PCs all handled
it well enough to be usable under F8, albeit not optimally -- they try
variously to treat the display or the hardware, or both, as anything from
1280x1024 to 1680x1050 (which is what it is), and often fail when they're
over 1280x1024.

This is the case even though I do my upgrades, and especially
installs, with the subject machine out from behind the KVM switch,
connected directly (and alone, of course) to the peripherals, so that it
can do any necessary negotiating with them, unimpeded by the KVM switch.

(In the past, that has sufficed. Once they're configured, they
can be put behind the switch again.)

One machine actually shows *almost* the model number (w2207,
without the h) -- but that's not in the list of all monitors that Fedora
knows about.

Is there some secret driver somewhere that I should be getting?
One reason I bought this on is that HP is supposed to be linux-
friendly ...

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Tom Horsley 06-22-2008 08:05 PM

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On Sun, 22 Jun 2008 18:44:25 +0000 (UTC)
Beartooth <Beartooth@swva.net> wrote:

> Is there some secret driver somewhere that I should be getting?

Depends on what driver you have now. The "nv" driver has problems
with lots of video cards and monitors:

https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=234824

as does the potential replacement "nouveau" driver:

https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=447526

So, if you have an nvidia card, the best bet for a working
driver is to add the livna repo and download the kmod-nvidia
driver.

You could take a look at the /var/log/Xorg.0.log file and
see if is says things like "Oh look, I'm supposed to run this
display at 1680x1050, but I don't think that's a good idea" :-).

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Beartooth 06-22-2008 10:36 PM

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On Sun, 22 Jun 2008 16:05:20 -0400, Tom Horsley wrote:

> On Sun, 22 Jun 2008 18:44:25 +0000 (UTC) Beartooth <Beartooth@swva.net>
> wrote:
>
>> Is there some secret driver somewhere that I should be getting?
>
> Depends on what driver you have now. The "nv" driver has problems with
> lots of video cards and monitors:
>
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=234824
>
> as does the potential replacement "nouveau" driver:
>
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=447526
>
> So, if you have an nvidia card, the best bet for a working driver is to
> add the livna repo and download the kmod-nvidia driver.
>
> You could take a look at the /var/log/Xorg.0.log file and see if is says
> things like "Oh look, I'm supposed to run this display at 1680x1050, but
> I don't think that's a good idea" :-).

Hmmm ... I *think* the PackageKit in F9 (when it get to it) will
let me do that with a couple of clicks. I know there's a way to add livna
to F8 -- I've done it -- but it's been a while. I *think* I browse to
livna.org, download an rpm, install it, and then just use yum as always,
with one more file yum.repos.d; I'll check those things, and if it's so,
I'm golden -- no reply required. If I'm confused, prithee divulge one
more such excellent clue!

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Beartooth 06-22-2008 10:56 PM

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On Sun, 22 Jun 2008 16:05:20 -0400, Tom Horsley wrote:

> So, if you have an nvidia card, the best bet for a working driver is to
> add the livna repo and download the kmod-nvidia driver.

I *think* so; what I know of hardware would go comfortably in a
gnat's eye.

I do now have livna on all three Fedora machines that use this
monitor; and have run or am running yum update. But I don't know how to
download -- just "yum install kmod-nvidia"? Or kmod-nvidia-driver? Or
kmod-nvidia_driver? Or ....

> You could take a look at the /var/log/Xorg.0.log file and see if is says
> things like "Oh look, I'm supposed to run this display at 1680x1050, but
> I don't think that's a good idea" :-).

Doing that now ...

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Craig White 06-22-2008 11:03 PM

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On Sun, 2008-06-22 at 22:56 +0000, Beartooth wrote:
> On Sun, 22 Jun 2008 16:05:20 -0400, Tom Horsley wrote:
>
> > So, if you have an nvidia card, the best bet for a working driver is to
> > add the livna repo and download the kmod-nvidia driver.
>
> I *think* so; what I know of hardware would go comfortably in a
> gnat's eye.
>
> I do now have livna on all three Fedora machines that use this
> monitor; and have run or am running yum update. But I don't know how to
> download -- just "yum install kmod-nvidia"? Or kmod-nvidia-driver? Or
> kmod-nvidia_driver? Or ....
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Tom Horsley 06-22-2008 11:07 PM

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On Sun, 22 Jun 2008 22:56:41 +0000 (UTC)
Beartooth <Beartooth@swva.net> wrote:

> On Sun, 22 Jun 2008 16:05:20 -0400, Tom Horsley wrote:
>
> > So, if you have an nvidia card, the best bet for a working driver is to
> > add the livna repo and download the kmod-nvidia driver.
>
> I *think* so; what I know of hardware would go comfortably in a
> gnat's eye.
>
> I do now have livna on all three Fedora machines that use this
> monitor; and have run or am running yum update. But I don't know how to
> download -- just "yum install kmod-nvidia"? Or kmod-nvidia-driver? Or
> kmod-nvidia_driver? Or ....

yum install kmod-nvidia will probably work, or you could search for
nvidia in whatever the new PackageKit tool is (probably under
something like Add/Remove software in the menus).

>
> > You could take a look at the /var/log/Xorg.0.log file and see if is says
> > things like "Oh look, I'm supposed to run this display at 1680x1050, but
> > I don't think that's a good idea" :-).
>
> Doing that now ...
>

The log file will have lines with (NV) on them if you are using the
nv driver. Possibly the installer generated xorg.conf file will also
mention the nv driver.

If its not an nvidia card, you definitely don't want to install the
nvidia drivers :-).

I think the lspci tool can also give you a good hint about what hardware
is on the system.

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"Raymond C. Rodgers" 06-23-2008 12:54 AM

Wide, flat, & weird : HP w2207h with F8 & F9
 
Beartooth wrote:
I've been running several F8 and F9 machines behind a KVM switch
against what seemed the current high-end monitor in local stores. (My old
LCD, which was 1280x1024, died suddenly.)


The first weirdness, of several, is that my three PCs all handled
it well enough to be usable under F8, albeit not optimally -- they try
variously to treat the display or the hardware, or both, as anything from
1280x1024 to 1680x1050 (which is what it is), and often fail when they're
over 1280x1024.

My HP w2207h worked fine with both F8 and F9 on an ATI Radeon HD3850,
and in fact the clean install of F9 I did didn't even bother to ask me
what resolution I wanted to run the monitor in, it just set it
automatically to 1680x1050. Sorry I'm of no help, but I do have a
question for you on this monitor & Fedora: Have you found a way to get
the monitor to actually display any of the text mode terminals (say
alt-control-1) without going to sleep because the signal is out of
range? I've had the monitor for about two months now, and I'm frustrated
that text mode access is out of visible reach, and the scaling settings
don't seem to solve the problem.


Raymond

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Beartooth 06-23-2008 04:53 PM

Wide, flat, & weird : HP w2207h with F8 & F9
 
On Sun, 22 Jun 2008 20:54:23 -0400, Raymond C. Rodgers wrote:
[...]
> My HP w2207h worked fine with both F8 and F9 on an ATI Radeon HD3850,
> and in fact the clean install of F9 I did didn't even bother to ask me
> what resolution I wanted to run the monitor in, it just set it
> automatically to 1680x1050.

Well, it's good to know it can be done -- already. I had a
problem with an LCD monitor on my first install of FC1, so bad that I
eventually went back to RH9 until the developers got to that monitor.

> Sorry I'm of no help, but I do have a
> question for you on this monitor & Fedora: Have you found a way to get
> the monitor to actually display any of the text mode terminals (say
> alt-control-1) without going to sleep because the signal is out of
> range? I've had the monitor for about two months now, and I'm frustrated
> that text mode access is out of visible reach, and the scaling settings
> don't seem to solve the problem.

Unfortunately, I know nothing whatever of those terminals. I just
keep a gnome-terminal on workspace #1, with half a dozen tabs open, and
do everything CLI from there -- unless I want to use the machine I'm on
to work on another. But even then, all I do is put another gnome-
terminal, with different background colors, on a different workspace.

I *have* seen this monitor give me an impaired view just long
enough to let me log in, and then put itself relentlessly to sleep; and I
have not found any way to overcome that. I'd also be glad to know if
there is one -- maybe ssh into the machine from a better-adjusted one,
become root, and edit xorg.conf; but I've tried that a couple times
without success ....

Btw, with that spelling, are you related to our family friend Kay
Rodgers, formerly of LC?

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Beartooth 06-30-2008 04:45 PM

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On Mon, 23 Jun 2008 16:53:36 +0000, Beartooth wrote:

> On Sun, 22 Jun 2008 20:54:23 -0400, Raymond C. Rodgers wrote:
> [...]
>> My HP w2207h worked fine with both F8 and F9 on an ATI Radeon HD3850,
>> and in fact the clean install of F9 I did didn't even bother to ask me
>> what resolution I wanted to run the monitor in, it just set it
>> automatically to 1680x1050.

Somebody on another thread clued me into doing first downloading
an rpm to add livna to my repos, running rpm -ivh livna-release-8.rpm or
-9.rpm respectively, and then doing yum install kmod-nvidia. That helped
a lot. I now have two F9 PCs and an F8 PC giving acceptable if not
optimal displays.

The F8, unfortunately, is my #1 (newest, fastest) machine. I had
installed F8 over F9 already once, over the anaconda bug -- and,
apparently, somehow gotten an unclean install. I tried another fresh
install of F9, and failed again, the second time over this display issue.

I did the third fresh install of F8, did the livna bit, and re-re-
copied my data back in. Now I'm wondering if I dare try yet a third
upgrade to F9 -- before there's a re-spin to do it with.

Anybody know for sure if an upgrade F8 > F9 will keep all the
livna-nvidia settings?? Or even a way a subtechnoid can use to make #1
identify its video card for me?

(The machine was built for me, to my budget, by an electronic
friend; but I haven't found a way to ask it what video card it has, and I
hate to ask him to dig through his records (if any) to find out.)

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Tim 06-30-2008 05:05 PM

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On Mon, 2008-06-30 at 16:45 +0000, Beartooth wrote:
> (The machine was built for me, to my budget, by an electronic
> friend; but I haven't found a way to ask it what video card it has,
> and I hate to ask him to dig through his records (if any) to find
> out.)

You can try "dmidecode" (it's a command line tool).

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