Using the IBM 9516-A03 TFT on Linux (Xfree86 4)
The 9516-A03 TFT monitor from IBM is a very nice piece of hardware which has some
limitations making it difficult to configure it correctly on the Linux
Operating System. It only supports resolutions of 640x480 and 1280x1024 both
at 60hz refresh rate.
To use the monitor in X the following monitor-section works:
And the screen-subsection "display" should look like
Modes "1280x1024" "640x480"
ViewPort 0 0
With these changes made to /etc/X11/XF86config-4, the X-Window-System
should start up. You may notice flickering or other distortions. These
are cured by running the calibration program.
The calibration program (xcolorbar) displays different coloured bars
and a barcode which triggers the auto-setup feature of the display.
IBM has included the source in the xcolorbar package for sun
which compiles with xmkmf && make.
Here is a precompiled version for linux-x86:
If you still have flickering, try changing the Phase. (Push setup-button on the back,
My current "perfect" settings are:
VREF R 138
VREF G 136
VREF B 147
Calibration for other platforms and monitor-documentation can be found here.
To enable the debug menu, do the following:
1. Enter the menu (press setup-button on the back)
2. press both brightness-buttons simultaneously
3. press both contrast-buttons simultaneously
4. press the brightness-down button