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Author higer resolution possible voor gloria synergy?

Posts: 7
Location: Deventer, Netherlands
Joined: 11.12.07
Posted on April 28 2008 20:49
Hi folks,

is it possible to increase the resolution for Decwindows in combination with a Gloria synergy? (yes, i know, it isn't the best video card..) The specs of this card shows me a higher resolution than i can see on my screen.

I can't see what the resolution is now (i think 800x600), but it is lower than my Debian-Linux-installation on the same system (but on another disk), which is 1280x1024.

I have a PWS 600au, 728 Mb memory and a Gloria synergy video-card.

Edited by ermo on April 29 2008 01:01
Author RE: higer resolution possible voor gloria synergy?

Posts: 21
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Joined: 08.01.08
Posted on April 29 2008 04:19
If your ELSA Gloria Synergy has 8Mb of RAM, it should be able to support 1280x1024 without any problem.

Do you know where the configuration file for X-windows resides under OpenVMS ? If you post it in a follow-up message, I'm sure there are folks here who can help determine why you are not able to achieve the desired screen resolution.


-- Jim
Edited by jkmccarthy on April 29 2008 04:23
Author RE: higer resolution possible voor gloria synergy?

Posts: 7
Location: Deventer, Netherlands
Joined: 11.12.07
Posted on May 02 2008 11:29

I found the answer, due to the 2 replies i got. With your help i found this link:


It gave me the exact information i needed. And it worked!!

Following the link brought me the the following information:

To set the resolution, vertical sync, and or color depth for the ELSA
GLoria Synergy (PBXGK-xx; PowerStorm 4D10T) on OpenVMS, use the following

If the file exists, skip to step 2.

If the file does not exist, then copy:


lines in the Cluster Common or Standalone Workstation Setup area of
the file (along with the other setup options):

This example sets Resolution to 1280x1024, Vertical Sync to 75Hz,
and a Color Depth of 24.

$! Set the Resolution X and Y Size in Pixels:
$ decw$xsize_in_pixels == 1280
$ decw$ysize_in_pixels == 1024
$! Set the Server Visual Depth:
$ define/exec/system/nolog decw$server_pixel_depth 24
$! Set the Vertical Sync Rate (vsync):
$ define/exec/system/nolog decw$server_refresh_rate 75

3: Save the file, and invoke the OpenVMS shutdown and reboot process,
or restart the DECwindows X Server (the DECW$SERVER_0 process) via:


The following resolutions and refresh rates are supported by the 8MB
version of the PowerStorm 4D10T:

Resolution Color Depths Refresh Rates

640 x 480 8, 16, 24 60, 65, 70, 75, 85 Hz
800 x 600 8, 16, 24 60, 65, 70, 75, 85 Hz
1024 x 768 8, 16, 24 60, 65, 70, 75, 85 Hz
1152 x 870 8, 16, 24 60, 65, 70, 75, 85 Hz
1152 x 900 8, 16, 24 60, 65, 70, 75, 85 Hz
1280 x 1024 8, 16, 24 60, 65, 70, 75 Hz
1600 x 1200 8, 16 60, 65, 70, 75 Hz
1600 x 1280 8, 16 60, 65, 70, 75 Hz
1920 x 1080 8, 16 60, 65, 70, 75 Hz
1920 x 1200 8, 16 60, 65, 70, 75 Hz
Edited by ermo on May 02 2008 11:31
Author RE: higer resolution possible voor gloria synergy?

Posts: 7
Location: Deventer, Netherlands
Joined: 11.12.07
Posted on May 04 2008 19:13

I'm not an expert in using google (I'm the one that only types some keywords and then hope to find something), but I will use you method to find more interesting information.
But the solution i found have i got from a standaard google-search (and not by using the search-engin van HP) by using the keywords "gloria synergy resolution". The second hit (at google.com) is the one i showed to you all.
But nevertheless, thanks.

Author RE: higer resolution possible voor gloria synergy?
R Price

Posts: 36
Location: Canada
Joined: 09.12.10
Posted on January 14 2011 05:10
Per normal web practice I was looking for something else (I cannot remember what) and stumbled across this thread, which I assume is completely un-related to what I was originally looking for. Whatever, the info provided was useful and I was able to change my display resolution from 1024x768 to 1280x1024, which looks much better given this is the native resolution of my monitor.

Just for kicks I hooked up my 24" HP LCD and tried 1920x1200. This also works perfectly.

I'm running a 64 MB Radeon 7000 of unknown origin in my DS10. I have no idea who the manufacturer/vendor is but it is compatible with OpenVMS. If anyone is scouring ebay looking for a graphic card the Part Number to look for is 102-85503-01.
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