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Find Your Monitor

June 6th, 2008 by

Quite often I get bugreports that the hardware detection doesn’t find the monitor. Well, what should I do? We run a Video BIOS function for it, and if the BIOS can’t see the monitor, we’re out of luck.

But maybe not? It can well be that running BIOS code in Linux is not the best idea either.

To shed some light I wrote a small (6.5k if you must know) DOS-program and put it on a bootable CD. If that can’t detect the monitor it’s probably the BIOS’s fault, if it works blame, well, someone else. ­čśë

On a side note, the program was created with the usual gcc. It’s really surprising what you can do with a nice include file and a linker script.

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