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Automatic Pattern Generation for Self-Testing Displays

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000062093D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Evans, CN Hewett, SJ [+details]

Abstract

In a CRT color display a pattern generator is activated when externally supplied horizontal sync pulses are absent and a test pattern is displayed. This provides self-test of a display at switch on and automatic self-testing in the event of system failure. The test pattern is a series of horizontal colored bars generated by a counter which is disabled by horizontal sync pulses. The attached circuit diagram shows a pattern generator for a color monitor. While the logic interface cable is connected, no pattern is generated, but when removed, a signal is generated which displays horizontal color bars on the screen. This enables diagnosis of horizontal scan, vertical scan and each of the three video amplifiers.