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Dag-ErlingSmørgrav des at
Fri Mar 5 07:57:53 PST 2004

"Jeremy C. Reed" <reed at> writes:
> Does XFree86 4.4 include comprehensive Monitor databases (like
> hwdata-knoppix) and automatically use the correct VertRefresh and
> HorizSync for your monitor?

Modern monitors (since about 1997) have DDC which allows XFree86 to
get that information straight from the horse's mouth.  Works great in
my experience, except for some laptops which don't report the LCD
panel geometry correctly (Latitude D800 comes to mind).

> Does XFree86 4.4 configuration automatically include the best (common)
> resolutions and modes?

The only real problem I've had is that XFree86 doesn't always pick the
highest vertical refresh frequency supported by the monitor.  That
should be easy to fix.  For all I know, it might already be fixed in
4.4 - I still run 4.3, and when I run into this I just add a bogus
VertRefresh line claiming that the monitor doesn't support anything
below 75 Hz.

> Beginners don't want to manually edit their XF86Config. (Defaulting to
> depth 8 and the common 640x480 is not good enough.)

have you actually tried 'X -configure'?

Dag-Erling Smørgrav - des at

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