Sun Monitor (UK) (2)

From: Richard Erlacher <>
Date: Wed Jul 21 15:29:50 1999

Have a look below, plz.


-----Original Message-----
From: Tony Duell <>
To: Discussion re-collecting of classic computers
Date: Tuesday, July 20, 1999 1:05 PM
Subject: Re: Sun Monitor (UK) (2)

>> The Sony GDM1950 designation is strange. Yours was a Sun, mine is a
>> and in searching the net I also found references to a Radius version,
whom I
>That monitor was used/badged by a lot of companies. There have been other
>common workstation monitors as well - Hitachi made one (HM4119), KME made
>a number of monochrome ones that turn up on all sorts of UK machines,
>etc. Very few companies designed and built their own monitors.
>> had thought manufactured their own monitors. There seem to be 19-21"
>> and now I find also 3 and 5 BNC editions. Makes finding specs difficult.
>> found this reference in the Sync on green FAQ :
>> "For example, a STORM 1280/256 will drive a Sony GDM-1950 at 640x480,
>> 1024x768, 1280x1024 and DOS modes (this monitor is rated at 63.34Khz
>> sync. and the card runs at 64Khz Horizontal sync.). This card uses an S3
>> graphics accelerator. See also PC Magazine/April/13/1993."
The easiest way to stay within the range of the fixed frequency while
switching video modes as this one does is to play with the fonts. If you
use a large font (lotsa pixels) you generate fewer lines of text and fewer
characters, yet don't change the actual sweep rate at which the monitor

Unfortunately, most cards don't allow enough character generator
flexibility. That might mean drawing the fonts manually, or at least in
segments potentially supportable by the features of the graphics chip.
>> Now what kind of bloody "fixed frequency" is this. On another site ISTR
>> even had a different scan rate.
>Fixed frequency != known scan rate :-(.
>Fixed frequency means that the scan frequencies are set when the monitor
>is built and can't (easily!) be altered afterwards. But different
>monitors may have been built for different frequencies. I've got monitor
>manuals that cover (say) 50kHz and 64kHz versions of the chassis. They
>all go under much the same model number though.
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