[svlug] Arcade Monitor X11 modeline help?

Karsten M. Self kmself at ix.netcom.com
Sun Jul 22 15:34:01 PDT 2001

on Tue, Jul 17, 2001 at 03:19:11PM -0700, Dan Beimborn (Dan at celticmusic.com) wrote:
> Anybody out there good with X modelines? I'm doing a fairly fun 
> project of trying to get an X11 display on an old RGB arcade game
> monitor. I have it working under DOS using some utilities that rewrite
> the VESA bios with the proper modelines, but now I want it to work with
> linux/X11/framebuffer :)
> The monitor is 15.75khz by 58hz in timings (Spec here: 
> http://www.happcontrols.com/amusement/monitors/49054300.htm)
> And I'd like to create modelines for 320x240, 384x224 for starters..
> anyone who could help out or point me to a good faq (I've been on
> google all morning!), I'll email you a beer!

Not sure if this counts as expert, help, or timely, but....

Recently had to configure X on a system which didn't run quite right
under XF86Setup (a really cheap, SISxxxx video card -- that's otherwise
absolutely fine -- US$36, no-name boxed at many stores).  Found that
it's possible to dig modelines out of the XF86Setup monitor data file:


Some which might be helpful, though not quite what you're asking for:

    " 320x200 @ 70 Hz, 31.5 kHz hsync, 8:5 aspect ratio"
    "12.588 320  336  384  400   200  204  205  225 Doublescan"

    " 320x240 @ 60 Hz, 31.5 kHz hsync, 4:3 aspect ratio"
    "12.588 320  336  384  400   240  245  246  262 Doublescan"

    " 320x240 @ 72 Hz, 36.5 kHz hsync"
    "15.750 320  336  384  400   240  244  246  262 Doublescan"

There are also several online X modeline generators which might be
helpful.  Google 'em up.


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