Not really Desktop Hardware, so I'll post it here...
I've used PCLOS 2007 before, lasted around 6 months or so and then my laptop died. So I'm now trying to get back to using Linux again. As things have progressed steadily through all the various distros, I decided to try a few of them yet again before sticking with one. I have to admit, PCLOS was not my decided upon choice. However, the support I got from the unnamed distro *coff*fedora*coff* kinda put me off it, despite liking the Gnome environment. Anyway, the problem I have seems to be a fault with a few different distros. The only 2 that worked, if I remember correctly, were OpenSuse and CentOS, though I'd have to try them again to confirm that.
The problem is that my installation only works if I remove my KVM switch and plug the monitor straight in to the PC. On all the distros I've tried, including PCLOS, it won't let me boot into the GUI when I'm using the KVM. I've manually set up the xorg.conf file which runs perfectly fine, as long as the monitor is directly connected to the PC.
From googling, it would appear that it's down to the EDID not being available due to the KVM? Ok, fair enough, the KVM is cheap and nasty, but it does what's required of it. If I've manually setup my xorg.conf file, then why is it still trying to query the EDID? and more importantly, why is it just failing instead of falling back on the xorg.conf file?
I can't remove the KVM switch and I'm not really interested in buying a new, more expensive one when this one works fine. Linux/xorg appears to be the problem. I don't understand the need of an xorg.conf file if it doesn't get used. In fact, it's clearly using it when the monitor is plugged in directly, as the screen resolution couldn't be changed above 800x600 until I set up the xorg.conf file manually, so why doesn't it use it when I use the KVM switch?
Any help greatly appreciated, not sure I wanna go back to OpenSuse.