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Re: Terrible display flickering after FC5 update today

On Wed, Oct 25, 2006, Tom Horsley <tomhorsley adelphia net> wrote:
> On Wed, 25 Oct 2006 14:02:48 -0700
> Johannes Erdfelt <johannes erdfelt com> wrote:
> > What monitor do you use?
> It's kinda weird - I use a Westinghouse LVM-42w2 HD monitor, but I have both
> FC5 and FC6 supposedly using the refresh rates it gets from the monitor
> for the 1920x1080 display mode, so the fact that it is much more frequent
> on FC6 (and I've never seen it happen on Windows) makes me think it is more
> like a random bug of some kind than a refresh rate problem. (The monitor
> will tell me if the signal is out of range, and it doesn't do that, it
> just turns off).
> It also shows some tendency to happen more frequently when running things like
> opengl screensavers than when running a simple 2d desktop.

It's not exactly a refresh rate problem. I'm not a graphics technology
guru, but I'll try to explain.

The speed of the dotclock is causing either the ATI card to produce a
slightly dirty signal or the monitor is having trouble handling it. I
never found out which is the problem (and from reading around, it might
be either or both depending on your setup), but I did find out that
reducing the dotclock helps the problem.

You can reduce the speed of the dotclock by using reduced blanking
interval timings. Since you're using an LCD, you don't need all of the
extra blanking intervals that CRTs need. As a result, you can keep your
high resolution without sacrificing refresh rate and hopefully solving
your problem.

The problem with the radeon driver is that it rejects timings with a
reduced blanking interval. You can hack the driver to fix that.

You can read up more here:


It sounds like recent versions of Xorg may have an option called
"ReducedBlanking" that might help you out with hacking the driver.

I ended up getting a bigger monitor and needed a new video card anyway
and decided to go back to nVidia for the time being, so I haven't had
this problem in a while :)


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