Custom EDID for intel i915 KMS on Fedora
Recently I started using my old DELL U2412M monitor on a system with integrated Intel graphics. As the motherboard exposes HDMI output only, and my monitor has DVI-D, I used some cheap passive DVI-D to HDMI adapter signal adapter. Unfortunately in this setup the card was not able to receive EDID info. Combine that with early KMS enabled on Fedora, all I could get is a blank screen with a timing error warning.
It is possible to set custom EDID on Fedora following these steps:
Get a valid EDID file
This is a file I found online (U2412M.bin), and quickly checked it with a
parse-edidtool. It is also possible to extract valid EDID from another system, where EDID is correctly recognized.
Move the file to /usr/lib/firmware/edid
Edit grub config file
/etc/defaults/gruband add this option to
I also set
video=HDMI-A-1:Doption to force output to be connected even if I disconnect the cable.
Regenerate the grub config file with
grub2-mkconfig > /boot/grub2/grub.cfg
KMS is set early, from initramfs so we need to include our EDID file in the generated initrd.
install_items+=" /usr/lib/firmware/edid/U2412M.bin "to
dracut -fto rebuild the active initrd.
lsinitrdthat the EDID file is included.
Solved, and no need for these HDMI dummy plug - EDID emulator!