Peppermint | Linux OS Community Forum
 
It is currently Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:28 am

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]





Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Display out of scan range
PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:37 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:13 pm
Posts: 3
Hello,

My brother in law gave me his old college computer, Compaq Presario

Quote:
peppermint@peppermint ~ $ inxi -F
System: Host: peppermint Kernel: 3.2.0-23-generic i686 (32 bit) Desktop: LXDE (Openbox 3.5.0) Distro: Peppermint Three
Machine: System: Compaq Presario 061 product: P8656E-ABA S4000V NA210 version: 0p]1411RE101K2 10
Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: HP System Board version: HP P/N Bios: Phoenix version: Version 3.08 date: 07/16/2003
CPU: Single core Intel Pentium 4 CPU (-UP-) cache: 512 KB flags: (sse sse2) clocked at 2399.723 MHz
Graphics: Card: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 65x/M650/740 PCI/AGP VGA Display Adapter
X.Org: 1.11.3 drivers: sis (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1024x768@60.0hz
GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on llvmpipe (LLVM 0x300) GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 8.0.4
Audio: Card: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS7012 AC'97 Sound Controller driver: snd_intel8x0 Sound: ALSA ver: 1.0.24
Network: Card: Realtek RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ driver: 8139too
IF: eth0 state: unknown speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: 00:0d:87:17:84:99
Drives: HDD Total Size: 41.1GB (-) 1: /dev/sda Maxtor_2F040L0 41.1GB
Partition: ID: / size: 233M used: 107M (46%) fs: overlayfs ID: swap-1 size: 0.24GB used: 0.24GB (99%) fs: swap
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 40.0C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 110 Uptime: 1:28 Memory: 353.4/464.3MB Client: Shell inxi: 1.7.33


Not exactly a powerhouse PC but I've run light versions of linux on older systems so I figured I would give it a try. Peppermint runs pretty well, I can listen to Pandora, do Facebook, email etc as long as I don't try to do everything at once (could probably fix that with a bit of RAM since my parents old P4 is running Peppermint as well and it is very smooth with 1 GB RAM).

Problem I'm having is this goofy monitor. I really don't want to buy a new monitor for such an old computer I'm just trying to extend the life of. Live CD works fine, using it now in fact. However, the install will not come up on the screen. The monitor goes "out of scan range."

Okay I get this, the monitor might be a bit weird with a horizontal of 35khz and vertical of 87hz. I think the default is 30kHz and 60hz? I know this can be set, but the problem is I can only get to the install on the HDD once, right after install. After it runs an update, its lights out. So I can reinstall and try to set this then, but I'm just wondering if there's a way to fix this without that from the Live CD? I can get to the grub file in /etc/default/grub but its read only in the LIVE CD.

So First of all, am I on the right track or completely off? If I'm on the right track, how do I login to the root account on the HDD install to change that file to add the GRUB parameters to change the scan range for hsync and vsync?

Thanking you in advance,

PepperPITT


Top
 Profile  
 
 

 Post subject: Re: Display out of scan range
PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 7:02 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:25 pm
Posts: 5521
Location: Cornwall, England
OK, this is a graphics card/driver issue

But before we go any further, have you got another graphics card you can use ?

Reason - the framebuffer drivers for SiS adapters is £$%^ in Linux .. now it would be possible to disable them and fall back to the vesa drivers (as used on the LiveCD) I doubt if the graphics would be up to much, and may even be unstable.

So it would be better if you could use a non-SiS card ?

_________________
Please be sure to sign up to the new Peppermint forum and post any new question there .. this forum will be made read-only on the 1st April 2014

You can read the announcement here:
http://peppermintos.net/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=6608
Or here's a direct link to the new forum:
http://forum.peppermintos.com


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Display out of scan range
PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 11:22 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:13 pm
Posts: 3
I will have to look, my stock of spare parts that might work with a ten year old system is rather low as I don't have the time I once had to fiddle with computers.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Display out of scan range
PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 6:39 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:25 pm
Posts: 5521
Location: Cornwall, England
If you haven't got one let us know and we'll see about using the vesa driver.

_________________
Please be sure to sign up to the new Peppermint forum and post any new question there .. this forum will be made read-only on the 1st April 2014

You can read the announcement here:
http://peppermintos.net/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=6608
Or here's a direct link to the new forum:
http://forum.peppermintos.com


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Display out of scan range
PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:11 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Dec 11, 2013 10:13 pm
Posts: 3
No I don't but so far ignoring updates marked "3" (untested but believed safe) is keeping the screen operational. Will post further if something changes.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Display out of scan range
PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:31 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Apr 17, 2012 12:25 pm
Posts: 5521
Location: Cornwall, England
Great news, glad to hear you've discovered a workaround .. cheers for the update :)

_________________
Please be sure to sign up to the new Peppermint forum and post any new question there .. this forum will be made read-only on the 1st April 2014

You can read the announcement here:
http://peppermintos.net/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=6608
Or here's a direct link to the new forum:
http://forum.peppermintos.com


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

Powered by php B.B. © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 php B.B. Group
Template made by DEVPPL