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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | Alpha Systems Forums | Alpha Software Forum
Author Decwindows - graphics mode not working

Posts: 7
Joined: 07.06.08
Posted on July 26 2008 16:03

I have an DEC Workstation 433au. The SRM bios says the video card is a "Digital TGA2 Graphics Controller". OpenVMS version is 7.3-2.

When the computer boots normally, the screen goes blank. Clearly its an invalid graphics mode. I also borrowed my friend's 17" monitor. It can do a maximum of 1600x1200x60Hz. Another nice feature is that it displays an error message when the video mode is invalid:

HF 93.7kHz (supported range 30 - 85)
VF 75Hz (supported range 47 - 160)

Clearly the Horizontal Frequency is invalid.

I tried modifying SYS$MANAGER:DECW$PRIVATE_SERVER_SETUP.COM (copied from template). I put in the following:

$ decw$xsize_in_pixels == 800
$ decw$ysize_in_pixels == 600
$ define/exec/system/nolog decw$server_pixel_depth 8
$ define/exec/system/nolog decw$server_refresh_rate 60

I put them at the start of the file. I put it at the end of the file. I put it in the workstation section after $DO_DEFAULT (about line 585). They have not fixed the problem.

Can anyone help?

Thank you
Author RE: Decwindows - graphics mode not working

Posts: 7
Joined: 07.06.08
Posted on August 01 2008 20:16

Thank you very much. I found the rotary switch and it now works.

Out of curiosity, does anyone know why the card has a rotary switch? My parents first computer was a 286... I remember the VGA video card could change resolutions without using jumpers / switches. So why is the PowerStorm so primitive????

Thank you
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