Broken monitors and/or broken graphic boards may send erroneous or no
EDID data. This also applies to broken KVM devices that are unable to
correctly forward the EDID data of the connected monitor but invent
their own fantasy data.
This patch allows to specify an EDID data set to be used instead of
probing the monitor for it. It contains built-in data sets of frequently
used screen resolutions. In addition, a particular EDID data set may be
provided in the /lib/firmware directory and loaded via the firmware
interface. The name is passed to the kernel as module parameter of the
drm_kms_helper module either when loaded
options drm_kms_helper edid_firmware=edid/1280x1024.bin
or as kernel commandline parameter
It is also possible to restrict the usage of a specified EDID data set
to a particular connector. This is done by prepending the name of the
connector to the name of the EDID data set using the syntax
such as, for example,
in which case no other connector will be affected.
The built-in data sets are
They are ignored, if a file with the same name is available in the
The built-in EDID data sets are based on standard timings that may not
apply to a particular monitor and even crash it. Ideally, EDID data of
the connected monitor should be used. They may be obtained through the
drm/cardX/cardX-<connector>/edid entry in the /sys/devices PCI directory
of a correctly working graphics adapter.
It is even possible to specify the name of an EDID data set on-the-fly
via the /sys/module interface, e.g.
echo edid/myedid.bin >/sys/module/drm_kms_helper/parameters/edid_firmware
The new screen mode is considered when the related kernel function is
called for the first time after the change. Such calls are made when the
X server is started or when the display settings dialog is opened in an
already running X server.
Signed-off-by: Carsten Emde <C.Emde@osadl.org>
Signed-off-by: Dave Airlie <firstname.lastname@example.org>