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Why does Screen Resolution NOT offer orientation option?

Update:11-30Source: network consolidation
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This HP OMEN gaming laptop is the first PC I've owned (out of maybe a dozen) that doesn't offer orientation options on the Screen Resolution screen. Even the "help" thinks it should be there. I've searched for hours by now, wanting to avoid having to ask what should be so simple. For a seperate issue, I updated my graphics driver approximately 7/05/15. That issue was successfully resolved, so I know the update "took". Can't find it in any of the Nvidia choices either. SO many programs presume it to be available, many have stopped offering it within the program settings. Ideas, please? Thank you.

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I took out the modules in mkinitcpio.conf, took off all the kernel additions, and borrowed a monitor from a different computer in the house.  Everything says this should work, so i figured the TV may be the problem.  It is.  I had the TV hooked up with my Nvidia card on the old machine, and it worked perfectly.  It did add fan noise, so I wanted to be rid of it if possible. 
With the new monitor, it works perfectly.  lsmod shows the i915 module loaded.  Hook it back up to the TV (which is DVI to HDMI), nothing.  This is some other issue, I think, so I'm marking this one solved.
Note:  The SVIDEO line was wrong; a re-read of the archwiki page on KMS showed me that the line needs to be formatted as follows:
The format is: video=<conn>:<xres>x<yres>[M][R][-<bpp>][@<refresh>]"["i"]"[m][eDd]
so the line should have been video=DVD-D:etc, rather than video=SVIDEO:etc
Quotation marks above aren't really there; I can't figure out how to get a square bracket i to work without them; the forum kicks me an error.
Last edited by timm (2011-10-10 13:33:49)
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