I'm so sad. I've given up on linuxmce because my monitor REFUSES to work right and it use my internet connection right. I have all but given up, but thought I would make a post anyway. Someone might be able to help.
I have a massive 32 inch crt monitor. Yeah, it's a tubed behemoth. The exact specs are at the bottom of the post.
I am unable to get a hold of a quick install dvd, so I have to install from the CDs. This means installing Kubuntu fromt he alternate disc. For some reason, none of the special options like safe graphics mode or change resolution will work in 640x480. I guess it's just way too low. Anyway, so I get kubuntu 7.10 or 7.04 installed (I've tried both versions of LMCE many times) and then go through the agonizingly long install process. All the while, kubuntu is set to 640x480 res. I finish installing MCE and reboot. When the AV wizard comes up...BLAMO! Resolution is off the charts and I can't see anything. I try clicking ok a few times cause I know that the default choice is 640x480 res. When I get to that point, the screen goes black, then the fast moving lines come back.
So then, I follow several posts on this forum and check my xorg.conf file. No dice. Everything says what it should. My resolution, refresh, horizontal... So, I grab a temporary monitor to try and get the settings right. Video works fine on that. But when I've set everything to 640x480, completed setup and gotten into the orbiter, I restart. Plug in the monster crt and I get the same crap! What is this?!
BTW, I was completely unable to install any extra software. Everytime I told it to install something, it said it couldn't download at this time. I also never got any flicker background pics. Obviously, something wrong with my internet, but when I logged out into the kubuntu desktop, I could surf just fine! What the hell?! Mind you, I can only do this with a temporary replacement monitor. My main monitor won't show me anything.
So long story short, LINUXMCE screwed me over. I bought all compatible hardware and it freaks out. Even when I got into the orbiter, I couldn't install libcssdvd, so no dvds. I'm assuming that I need to by a new tv/monitor, but I'm still not sure LMCE will work. What was up with the crappy internet? Well, I'm done ranting. I'm willing to keep trying, but I've spent so many days of actual tweaking time on this and have nothing to show. Anyone know a fix to the non-downloadable software or freaking out resolution?
Part number 7000053,MON031001AAWW
Specifications - Destination 31-Inch Monitor
CRT Overall diagonal size is 33 inches, 32.5 millimeters (mm) neck size, 0.83 - 1.04 mm horizontal and 0.79 mm vertical stripe pitch, 110 degree diagonal deflection, tinted
Maximum Resolution 640 × 480
Display Colors Unlimited
Scanning Frequency Horizontal: 31 to 38 kilohertz (kHz)
Vertical: 60 to 72 hertz (Hz)
Aspect Ratio 1.37:1
Video Bandwidth 40 megahertz (MHz) nominal
(H × W) 428 × 586 mm (16.85 × 23 inches)
Input Signal Video Sync Analog: .07 Vp-p 75 Ohm
Separate sync: TTL level
Horizontal sync: positive/negative
Vertical sync: positive/negative
Power Input 90–132 volts alternating current (VAC) and 60 Hz, 3.0 amperes (A) (U.S.)
180–264 VAC and 50 Hz, 1.5 A (International)
( W × H × D) 780 × 701 × 580 mm (approximately 30.7 × 27.6 × 22.9 inches)
Weight Net: 58.1 kilograms (kg) (128 pounds)
Gross: 72.1 kg (159 pounds)
I have a massive 32 inch crt monitor. Yeah, it's a tubed behemoth. This page has the specs of the exact monitor I am trying to use.
Power Management Meets Energy Star requirements:
* Suspend mode: 15 watts (W)
* Active-off mode: 8 W
Fully Plug and Play Bidirectional data channel
Certifications UL, CSA, DHHS, TUV, FCC Class B, DOC class B, BZT, FDA CFR Subchapter J, ZH-1/61810.80, CPA, conforms to EPA standards.