[plug] Query about display problem
jason at mindsocket.com.au
Fri Jul 1 08:46:40 WST 2011
Do you have any other monitor you could temporarily use to help narrow in on
On Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 5:30 PM, Bret Busby <bret.busby at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 30/06/2011, Bret Busby <bret.busby at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hello.
> > I am running Debian 5, on, I think, an AMD Athlon, and the monitor is
> > a Viewsonic VZ703b 17" 4:3 aspect ratio screen.
> > (I do not remember how to get the displaying of the hardware
> > components (CPU, graphics adaptor/accelerator, display, etc)
> > In the last few days, the monitor has started to "flash" off - going
> > black, with nothing displayed, for a couple of seconds at a time.
> > This can happen repeatedly, with progressively increasing frequency
> > during a session as described below.
> > It seems to happen mostly when I am running alpine, within a terminal
> > window.
> > Apart from it having happened once just before staring to compose
> > this message, shortly after I opened konqueror, to log into my gmail
> > (which may be the only time that it has happened other than when I
> > have been so using alpine), within a minute or so of my closing down
> > alpine and the terminal window, I do not remember it happening with
> > applications other than when I have been running alpine within a
> > terminal window.
> > Is this an indication that the monitor is likely stuffed, or the
> > graphics adaptor is stuffed, or that the fault lies in the
> > alpine/xterm/gnome combination?
> > A new printer has been installed; a Samsung CLX3185Fw, using the
> > Samsung Unified Driver (which required a replacement of the Samsung
> > Unified Driver, to provide for the printer, which was not available
> > with the previous version of the Unified Driver), which may be about
> > the timing of the start of the problem, but I am not sure of the exact
> > timing of the start of the problem and the installation of the printer
> > - both have been in the last few days.
> > So, I do not know whether the problem could lie with the printer or
> > the printer driver.
> > Thanks in anticipation.
> > --
> > Bret Busby
> > Armadale
> > West Australia
> > ..............
> And, while it appeared to be stable (-ish) when I was working using
> the GUI, to send the email message using gmail, when I tried using a
> console (<CTRL><ALT><F2 (I think) >), it happened again, again with
> progressively increasing frequency, while I was trying to compose a
> message using alpine, yet, when I exited alpine and closed that
> console, and (managed to, with difficulty) return(ed) to the GUI, to
> write this message, the problem again disappeared.
> Thus, it appears to be a fault within alpine or the xterm/console
> application thingy.
> Bret Busby
> West Australia
> "So once you do know what the question actually is,
> you'll know what the answer means."
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> Chapter 28 of Book 1 of
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jason at mindsocket.com.au
0430 314 857
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