How do I enable external video on a thinkpad laptop?

Asked by Chuck Davis on 2007-05-16

The Function key + F7 toggled the external video connection port on my Thinkpad R60 in the initial Windows installation. Since installing Edgy and Feisty, this function key no longer functions (that is, nothing happens when I press the keys).

Otherwise Feisty works fine on the laptop screen, but I occasionally need to hook up a projector. Is there any way to enable the external video port?

Thanks,

Chuck

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Massimo Forti (slackwarelife) said : #1

Thanks for your question. Your problem is only in Ubuntu system right ??? Can you post the result of this command:

$: lspci -vvn

We need have more info about your hardware. Thanks many

Many thanks Massimo. Yes the problem is only in my Ubuntu Feisty system. I had the same issue with Edgy. Here are the command results you requested. I appreciate the assistance.

Chuck
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~$ lspci -vvn
00:00.0 0600: 8086:27a0 (rev 03)
        Subsystem: 17aa:2017
        Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR+ FastB2B-
        Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort+ >SERR- <PERR-
        Latency: 0
        Capabilities: <access denied>

00:02.0 0300: 8086:27a2 (rev 03) (prog-if 00 [VGA])
        Subsystem: 17aa:201a
        Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B-
        Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
        Latency: 0
        Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 20
        Region 0: Memory at ee100000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=512K]
        Region 1: I/O ports at 1800 [size=8]
        Region 2: Memory at d0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
        Region 3: Memory at ee200000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256K]
        Capabilities: <access denied>

00:02.1 0380: 8086:27a6 (rev 03)
        Subsystem: 17aa:201a
        Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster- SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B-
        Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
        Region 0: Memory at ee180000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=512K]
        Capabilities: <access denied>

00:1b.0 0403: 8086:27d8 (rev 02)
        Subsystem: 17aa:2010
        Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR+ FastB2B-
        Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
        Latency: 0, Cache Line Size: 64 bytes
        Interrupt: pin B routed to IRQ 21
        Region 0: Memory at ee240000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
        Capabilities: <access denied>

00:1c.0 0604: 8086:27d0 (rev 02) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
        Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR+ FastB2B-
        Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
        Latency: 0, Cache Line Size: 64 bytes
        Bus: primary=00, secondary=02, subordinate=02, sec-latency=0
        Memory behind bridge: ee000000-ee0fffff
        Secondary status: 66MHz- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort+ <SERR- <PERR-
        BridgeCtl: Parity- SERR- NoISA+ VGA- MAbort- >Reset- FastB2B-
        Capabilities: <access denied>

00:1c.1 0604: 8086:27d2 (rev 02) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
        Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR+ FastB2B-
        Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
        Latency: 0, Cache Line Size: 64 bytes
        Bus: primary=00, secondary=03, subordinate=03, sec-latency=0
        I/O behind bridge: 00002000-00003fff
        Memory behind bridge: ec000000-edffffff
        Prefetchable memory behind bridge: 00000000e4000000-00000000e40fffff
        Secondary status: 66MHz- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- <SERR- <PERR-
        BridgeCtl: Parity- SERR- NoISA+ VGA- MAbort- >Reset- FastB2B-
        Capabilities: <access denied>

00:1c.2 0604: 8086:27d4 (rev 02) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
        Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR+ FastB2B-
        Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
        Latency: 0, Cache Line Size: 64 bytes
        Bus: primary=00, secondary=04, subordinate=0b, sec-latency=0
        I/O behind bridge: 00004000-00005fff
        Memory behind bridge: e8000000-e9ffffff
        Prefetchable memory behind bridge: 00000000e4100000-00000000e41fffff
        Secondary status: 66MHz- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- <SERR- <PERR-
        BridgeCtl: Parity- SERR- NoISA+ VGA- MAbort- >Reset- FastB2B-
        Capabilities: <access denied>

00:1c.3 0604: 8086:27d6 (rev 02) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
        Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR+ FastB2B-
        Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
        Latency: 0, Cache Line Size: 64 bytes
        Bus: primary=00, secondary=0c, subordinate=13, sec-latency=0
        I/O behind bridge: 00006000-00007fff
        Memory behind bridge: ea000000-ebffffff
        Prefetchable memory behind bridge: 00000000e4200000-00000000e42fffff
        Secondary status: 66MHz- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- <SERR- <PERR-
        BridgeCtl: Parity- SERR- NoISA+ VGA- MAbort- >Reset- FastB2B-
        Capabilities: <access denied>

00:1d.0 0c03: 8086:27c8 (rev 02) (prog-if 00 [UHCI])
        Subsystem: 17aa:200a
        Control: I/O+ Mem- BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B-
        Status: Cap- 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
        Latency: 0
        Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 20
        Region 4: I/O ports at 1820 [size=32]

00:1d.1 0c03: 8086:27c9 (rev 02) (prog-if 00 [UHCI])
        Subsystem: 17aa:200a
        Control: I/O+ Mem- BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B-
        Status: Cap- 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
        Latency: 0
        Interrupt: pin B routed to IRQ 21
        Region 4: I/O ports at 1840 [size=32]

00:1d.2 0c03: 8086:27ca (rev 02) (prog-if 00 [UHCI])
        Subsystem: 17aa:200a
        Control: I/O+ Mem- BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B-
        Status: Cap- 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
        Latency: 0
        Interrupt: pin C routed to IRQ 22
        Region 4: I/O ports at 1860 [size=32]

00:1d.3 0c03: 8086:27cb (rev 02) (prog-if 00 [UHCI])
        Subsystem: 17aa:200a
        Control: I/O+ Mem- BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B-
        Status: Cap- 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
        Latency: 0
        Interrupt: pin D routed to IRQ 23
        Region 4: I/O ports at 1880 [size=32]

00:1d.7 0c03: 8086:27cc (rev 02) (prog-if 20 [EHCI])
        Subsystem: 17aa:200b
        Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR+ FastB2B-
        Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
        Latency: 0
        Interrupt: pin D routed to IRQ 23
        Region 0: Memory at ee444000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1K]
        Capabilities: <access denied>

00:1e.0 0604: 8086:2448 (rev e2) (prog-if 01 [Subtractive decode])
        Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B-
        Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
        Latency: 0
        Bus: primary=00, secondary=15, subordinate=18, sec-latency=32
        I/O behind bridge: 00008000-0000bfff
        Memory behind bridge: e4300000-e7ffffff
        Prefetchable memory behind bridge: 00000000e0000000-00000000e3ffffff
        Secondary status: 66MHz- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort+ <SERR- <PERR-
        BridgeCtl: Parity- SERR- NoISA- VGA- MAbort- >Reset- FastB2B-
        Capabilities: <access denied>

00:1f.0 0601: 8086:27b9 (rev 02)
        Subsystem: 17aa:2009
        Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B-
        Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
        Latency: 0
        Capabilities: <access denied>

00:1f.1 0101: 8086:27df (rev 02) (prog-if 8a [Master SecP PriP])
        Subsystem: 17aa:200c
        Control: I/O+ Mem- BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B-
        Status: Cap- 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
        Latency: 0
        Interrupt: pin C routed to IRQ 20
        Region 0: I/O ports at 01f0 [size=8]
        Region 1: I/O ports at 03f4 [size=1]
        Region 2: I/O ports at 0170 [size=8]
        Region 3: I/O ports at 0374 [size=1]
        Region 4: I/O ports at 1810 [size=16]

00:1f.2 0106: 8086:27c5 (rev 02) (prog-if 01 [AHCI 1.0])
        Subsystem: 17aa:200d
        Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B-
        Status: Cap+ 66MHz+ UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
        Latency: 0
        Interrupt: pin B routed to IRQ 20
        Region 0: I/O ports at 18d0 [size=8]
        Region 1: I/O ports at 18c4 [size=4]
        Region 2: I/O ports at 18c8 [size=8]
        Region 3: I/O ports at 18c0 [size=4]
        Region 4: I/O ports at 18b0 [size=16]
        Region 5: Memory at ee444400 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1K]
        Capabilities: <access denied>

00:1f.3 0c05: 8086:27da (rev 02)
        Subsystem: 17aa:200f
        Control: I/O+ Mem- BusMaster- SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR+ FastB2B-
        Status: Cap- 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B+ ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
        Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 11
        Region 4: I/O ports at 18e0 [size=32]

02:00.0 0200: 14e4:167d (rev 21)
        Subsystem: 17aa:2081
        Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR+ FastB2B-
        Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
        Latency: 0, Cache Line Size: 64 bytes
        Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 20
        Region 0: Memory at ee000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
        Capabilities: <access denied>

03:00.0 0280: 8086:4227 (rev 02)
        Subsystem: 8086:1010
        Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR+ FastB2B-
        Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
        Latency: 0, Cache Line Size: 64 bytes
        Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 21
        Region 0: Memory at edf00000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
        Capabilities: <access denied>

15:00.0 0607: 104c:ac56
        Subsystem: 17aa:2012
        Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B-
        Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=medium >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR-
        Latency: 168, Cache Line Size: 128 bytes
        Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 20
        Region 0: Memory at e4300000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
        Bus: primary=15, secondary=16, subordinate=17, sec-latency=176
        Memory window 0: e0000000-e3fff000 (prefetchable)
        Memory window 1: 50000000-53fff000
        I/O window 0: 00008000-000080ff
        I/O window 1: 00008400-000084ff
        BridgeCtl: Parity- SERR- ISA- VGA- MAbort- >Reset+ 16bInt+ PostWrite+
        16-bit legacy interface ports at 0001

Massimo Forti (slackwarelife) said : #3

Ok, the problem is your resolution in output. When you try to switch on the external port the intel driver does not support resolution over 800x600, you must reduse it. Anthor thing, the external video is only black and white. I don't found anthing to setting colors. Sorry and thanks

Thanks Massimo. Obviously, I'm disappointed. Since I could do this under Windows, can I assume that it would be possible (swithing output with color and greater resolution) with Ubuntu if I had a different/ more robust driver?

Do you think there might be a restricted driver that would work?

I appreciate your time and effort on this question.

Chuck

Massimo Forti (slackwarelife) said : #5

I have the same video card. The problem is that the Intel had this problem with its free drivers. The free Intel drivers doesn't support the output S-Video very well, I serched a lot in the past to changr somthing, but I found anything. I had to use external projector on my community, and I was not able to use resolution over 800x600 and colors. You have tryed to change the resolution to see if it works fine ??? Thanks

When I look in the System > Preferences > Screen Resolution menu, the only option that shows up in the drop down menu is 1024 x 768 and 60 Hz. This is the only resolution I've tried so far.

Chuck

Massimo Forti (slackwarelife) said : #7

Ok, you can post your xorg.conf file. It is locate in /etc/X11/ dir. Thanks

Can you help with this problem?

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