Does starting X stress monitors?
The cathode ray tube in my monitor failed just as X was starting up. It might have been just a coincidence - the monitor is eight years old - but I can't help wondering if it had something to do with the brilliant white flash that always appears across my screen just before X puts up its grey initial screen. It looks rather like the flash you get when XSetup or similar programs probe your video card. It made me wonder:
1) Does X carry out its own probe and, if so, why? Surely all the information it needs about the card and the monitor should already be in the /etc/XF86Config file.
2) Might this flashing weaken the monitor tube in any way? Would a monitor be more likely to fail at this point just as incandescent lamps usually fail at the moment when they are switched on? And would it be more likely to fail early?
The monitor was an IBM MM75 multimedia with a very nice built-in sound system and they don't make them any more so I really feel its loss! I want to avoid repetitions with the replacement.
I am running Red Hat 9 but I didn't do the XF86Config myself; anaconda did it, having recognised my monitor at installation; I assume (hope?) it put in the correct refresh rates. I have been using Linux for a year and a half and feel quite at home with it but I am no good at all with hardware.
Does starting X stress monitors
I haven't been using Linux on this box for long; that's why I was suspicious. I have another monitor now, a generic 17", but just for safety I have reset my default runlevel to 3. I like using the CLI and I can always startx if I want to do something graphical. Less stress on the tube thataway!