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  • #16
    Ah. building building building... I'm getting impatient...

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    • #17
      Ok, its not working.
      So now I'm left with a problem.

      Verified that the DP->DVI adapter is good on a different machine with a DP. After enabling DP in the bios on that board, it works fine.

      Now on this one, there is NO OPTION in the bios to enable DP, so presumably it "just works".... but it also doesn't POST to DP on this one.... and of course, I don't even know if it SHOULD.


      My next concern is whether or not the kernel works properly. I patched the stock Fedora 13 kernel 2.6.33.6 -- should that work? Or did I just waste my time on that when I really need something newer?

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      • #18
        When it is the only monitor connected to DP then you must get a POST screen, otherwise you can skip all other tests.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Kano View Post
          When it is the only monitor connected to DP then you must get a POST screen, otherwise you can skip all other tests.
          Damn, so that means that the board isn't working. Even when it is the only thing connected, it'll never show anything.

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          • #20
            Well, I'm not giving up on this just yet.

            The main questions I'm thinking about are these;
            1) What are the REAL chances that the ONLY thing that really drew me to this board is the ONLY thing that doesn't work on it?
            2) I know that everything starting from the DP->DVI adapter and outwards *definitely* works.

            So I'm going to try a couple of crazy things;
            linux-next
            windeath7 (it makes me shiver just typing that...)

            already tried windeathxp, but surprise surprise, it crashes when I try to install catalyst. I wonder where windeath7 will crash....?

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            • #21
              Most likely you would need an active dp -> dvi adapter or a monitor with dp connector. That would be the most easy way to try.

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              • #22
                You only need an active DP->DVI adapter for dual link DVI monitors. As I mentioned earlier, you may need this patch:
                http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kerne...3096dc21cf8df8
                to get that port working properly. Can you pastebin your dmesg?

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                • #23
                  But why doesnt he get a POST screen then?

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                  • #24
                    In most cases he should, but it depends on the oem/bios. Also, if you have a secondary card in the pcie x16 slot, it will disable the DP port since they share lanes. There really should be a bios option to enable/disable the DP port.

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                    • #25
                      You might try adjusting the "GFX Dual Slot Configuration" or the "Internal Graphics Mode" options in the bios.

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                      • #26
                        The monitor is a single link. In fact, my DVI wires themselves are only single link (missing the 6 pins in the middle) and work when plugged into the DVI port, so definitely shouldn't be needing any active adapter.

                        I've tried now with next-20100716, which includes that patch. No difference. The dmesg for next is here: http://pastebin.com/HjxcNJgG

                        I have no cards at all in any of the slots, and there's nothing in the bios to enable the DP. I have looked at those "dual slot" and "internal graphics mode" options, the "internal graphics" option is enable/disable and whether or not to use sideport memory. I don't think that sideport should make any difference to it, but I guess I might as well try just to make sure.

                        BTW: sorry it took me a while to get back to this, car window spontaneously self destructed yesterday, had to replace it.

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                        • #27
                          Try changing those bios options. The dual slot one may be important as some of the pcie pins are shared for use by the pciephy used by the DP port. The dmesg looks ok. Can you post your xorg log?

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                          • #28
                            @droidhacker

                            It seems you use a Gigabyte board, press CTRL+F1 to show all options.

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                            • #29
                              I'm just about to go through all the bios options again in every possible combination. I've also readied the W7 to test -- if it also fails there, then at least I can conclude that it is either a bios configuration, bios bug, or defective board.

                              Here's the xorg log: http://pastebin.com/zvW9RUq9
                              Nothing remarkable. It detects the DP as disconnected.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Kano View Post
                                @droidhacker

                                It seems you use a Gigabyte board, press CTRL+F1 to show all options.
                                Its an ECS board. I was going to go with gigabyte, but they didn't have one with DP.

                                Or does gigabyte own ecs? I'll try the Ctrl-F1 anyway.

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