[ltp] External monitor with IBM T40

Paul Kaplan linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Wed, 3 Dec 2003 21:53:52 -0500

I was researching a related problem; and ran across the following web page:
It describes a tweek to xdm that allows booting different Xservers for 
different monitors.  Might help here.

On Wednesday 03 December 2003 11:53 am, IJsbrand Wijnands wrote:
> Hi,
> I've installed RedHat 9.0 on my T40 and I have a 21" sun monitor connected
> to my mini-docking station. When I boot my T40 from the docking station for
> some reason it's unable to detect the type of monitor and the refresh rate
> is very bad. This worked all fine with my old T21 running RH9.0
> After browsing the web I found that I can set the option "MonitorLayout"
> "lvds, crt" in the Device section of the XF86Config. That works and the
> refresh rate and display mode is fine.
> Now the problem is that if I boot my T40 without external monitor I get a
> blank screen. I see the T40 boot but as soon as X comes up it's gone.
> Removing the "MonitorLayout" option solves that problem..
> What I did for now is define 2 Layout's with it's own Screen and Device
> section's in the XF86Config file and starting X with 'startx -- -layout
> External' or 'startx -- -layout T40Layout'
> Does anybody has seen similar problems and came up with a different
> solution? I don't really like starting X manually each time and prefer to
> boot into the graphic login manager...
> Thanks for your response.
> Ice.