Re: Two Video Adapters - disable one?

Matthias Urlichs (
11 Jul 1997 07:02:14 +0200 (Jason Burrell) writes:
> >
> > The problem is that all these cards insist on using their VGA-compatible
> > I/O addresses when booting, with no way to turn the nonsense off, even
> > though most chipsets allegedly support that. :-(
> Without knowing anything about hardware, how hard would it be for these guys
> to stick jumpers on such things really? I'm figuring they're greedy and
> that's why they keep releasing "plug and pray" devices.
I'd figure maximum parts cost of $1 per card, and max time to actually
implement the stuff 1 day.

> stop listening, or one of them does something like "You're a Cirrus. You're
> crap. I'm an S3. I rule. Thank you and please drive through." I ran into

Typical. Why hasn't anybody of the PCI people realized this, and specified a
simple arbitration like "the lower manufacturer-ID<<16 + device-ID rules"?

> this problem with two cheap Cirrus cards the last time I tried to run
> multiheaded.
Is there a list of multihead-able cards somewhere?

> The monitor is capable of 1280x1024 at 16bpp in Winblows. NT let me select
> vertical sync rates up to about 76 Hz. X11 doesn't like those values. I did
> get it to display at 16bpp on 1280x1024 a few times, but the sync rates were
> obviously -very- retarded. Any ideas?
Sync rates aren't everything. You'd be amazed at the Special Effects people
have been getting on some 'normal' multisync monitors just by changing the
length of the sync pulse, not to mention the microseconds before and after.

When reminiscing about weddings, women talk about the "ceremony."

Men talk about "the bachelor party."

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