Configuring video adapters

Assigning function keys

After you choose a monitor and resolution, you must assign one or more console function keys (<F>) to them. This creates a link between the particular graphics adapter, monitor, and resolution, and the assigned function key, as described in ``Function keys and video configuration''

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Assigning specific function keys

If you elected to specify function keys in the Function Key Setup window, when the Specify Function Keys window appears, select the function key or keys you want to associate with the current adapter, monitor, and resolution, then click on OK.

If you are unsure about the current adapter and resolution, look in the ``Current selection'' field at the top of the window.

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Function keys and video configuration

In multiuser mode, each function key on the SCO OpenServer system console corresponds to a different graphical environment. To achieve this ``multiscreen'' capacity, each function key is associated with a different device driver. For example, <F1> is associated with tty01, <F2> is associated with tty02 and so on up to <F12>. Each function key controls a different UNIX login session, so you can configure each session as if it were a different graphical system. In single-user mode, because access is restricted to a single user, all of the function keys are controlled by the console device driver and only one login session using <F1> is available.

Essentially, video configuration consists of creating links between a graphics adapter, a monitor and resolution (for example, Fahrenheit 1280 Plus, ViewSonic 15 at 1024x768), and a console function key. In most cases, you will use the same configuration for every function key. However, there are situations when you might want to have different graphical environments attached to different function keys. For example, you might want to use fewer colors at a higher resolution, or more colors at a lower resolution. Or, you might have more than one graphics adapter and monitor attached to your system.

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SCO OpenServer Release 5.0.7 -- 11 February 2003