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    nVIDIA TV Out Configuration

    Hello Mr. Schotty,
    Because I am trying to connect my PC to the TV, I found your text about it very interesting.
    In Windows I already have TV-Out working, so I like to have in Linux too.
    I work on Fedora Core 3 with a nVIDIA GeForce Fx5200 Card.
    [gastonv@pandora1 ~]$ /sbin/lspci| grep VGA
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV34 [GeForce FX 5200] (rev a1)

    After many tries, my last configuration looks like:
    [root@pandora1 gastonv]# cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    ...
    Section "Module"
    Load "dbe"
    Load "extmod"
    Load "fbdevhw"
    Load "glx"
    Load "record"
    Load "freetype"
    Load "type1"
    Load "dri"
    Load "v4l"
    EndSection
    ... >>> Here I have added: Load "v4l"
    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Videocard0"
    Driver "nv"
    VendorName "Videocard vendor"
    BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce FX (generic)"
    Option "NvAGP" "1"
    Option "RenderAccel" "1"
    # TV Out Setup
    Option "TVOverScan" "0.6"
    Option "TwinView" "true"
    Option "TwinViewOrientation" "Clone"
    Option "SecondMonitorHorizSync" "30-50"
    Option "SecondMonitorVertRefresh" "60"
    Option "TVStandard" "PAL"
    Option "TVOutFormat" "SVIDEO"
    Option "TwinViewOrientation" "Clone"
    Option "ConnectedMonitor" "CRT, TV"
    Option "MetaModes" "1280x1024,1024x768; 1024x768,1024x768; 800x600,800x600; 640x480"
    EndSection
    ...

    Wenn I start Linux, with a connection to the TV, I can see the GRUB-Page in color, here I can select Linux or Windows. Then I can see and follow the Linux starting-up procedure.
    But after that, the login-screen gives on the TV a red screen with black lines. The following screens are blue, green, grey, all with black horizontal lines.

    I think something of my config is not yet correct.
    Please can you help me, because your TV Out is working correctly.

    Many thanks in Advance,
    Gaston Verhulst.

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    Re:nVIDIA TV Out Configuration

    If I am not mistaken, the driver line should not be "nv" but rather "nvidia". Also get rid of the dri lines.

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    Re:nVIDIA TV Out Configuration

    Yeah nv is the opensource driver(flaky). nvidia is the official driver.

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    Re:nVIDIA TV Out Configuration

    Well in order to use the TV-Out, I believe you need to use the official nVIDIA driver. So upgrade to that and you should be fine.

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    Re:nVIDIA TV Out Configuration

    Hello, great! Many thanks for the splendid help!
    After installing the official nVidia-driver, I could see my Linux on my TV-Screen.
    Now, I like to see it on my PC-screen too, should it be possible?
    So, my last, only on TV working Section "Device" looks like:
    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Videocard0"
    # Driver "nv"
    Driver "nvidia"
    VendorName "Videocard vendor"
    BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce FX (generic)"
    Option "NvAGP" "1"
    Option "RenderAccel" "1"
    #TV Out Setup
    Option "TwinView" "true"
    Option "SecondMonitorHorizSync" "30-50"
    Option "SecondMonitorVertRefresh" "60"
    Option "TVStandard" "NTSC-M"
    # Option "TVOutFormat" "COMPOSITE"
    # Option "TVStandard" "PAL-B"
    Option "TVOutFormat" "SVIDEO"
    Option "TwinViewOrientation" "Clone"
    Option "ConnectedMonitor" "CRT, TV"
    Option "MetaModes" "1280x1024,1024x768; 1024x768,1024x768; 800x600,800x600; 640x480"
    EndSection

    I like to thank you in advance for helping me for the last step ...
    I like to use it for e.g. video-streams, photopresentations and dvd, navigating from my PC-screen.
    Many greetings from
    Gaston Verhulst.

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    Re:nVIDIA TV Out Configuration - Ready

    Hello, with the help of the ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Li...664/README.txt I have found and tried something to configure my /etc/X11/xorg.conf, so my monitior screen shows exact the same as my TV shows.
    The final version looks like:
    [root@pandora1 gastonv]# cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    # Xorg configuration created by system-config-display

    Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier "single head configuration"
    Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
    InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
    InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
    EndSection

    Section "Files"

    # RgbPath is the location of the RGB database. Note, this is the name of the
    # file minus the extension (like ".txt" or ".db&quot. There is normally
    # no need to change the default.
    # Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
    # By default, Red Hat 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
    # the X server to render fonts.
    RgbPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
    FontPath "unix/:7100"
    EndSection

    Section "Module"
    Load "dbe"
    Load "extmod"
    Load "fbdevhw"
    Load "glx"
    Load "record"
    Load "freetype"
    Load "type1"
    Load "v4l"
    EndSection

    Section "InputDevice"

    # Specify which keyboard LEDs can be user-controlled (eg, with xset(1))
    # Option "Xleds" "1 2 3"
    # To disable the XKEYBOARD extension, uncomment XkbDisable.
    # Option "XkbDisable"
    # To customise the XKB settings to suit your keyboard, modify the
    # lines below (which are the defaults). For example, for a non-U.S.
    # keyboard, you will probably want to use:
    # Option "XkbModel" "pc102"
    # If you have a US Microsoft Natural keyboard, you can use:
    # Option "XkbModel" "microsoft"
    #
    # Then to change the language, change the Layout setting.
    # For example, a german layout can be obtained with:
    # Option "XkbLayout" "de"
    # or:
    # Option "XkbLayout" "de"
    # Option "XkbVariant" "nodeadkeys"
    #
    # If you'd like to switch the positions of your capslock and
    # control keys, use:
    # Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:swapcaps"
    # Or if you just want both to be control, use:
    # Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:nocaps"
    #
    Identifier "Keyboard0"
    Driver "kbd"
    Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
    Option "XkbLayout" "be"
    EndSection

    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Mouse0"
    Driver "mouse"
    Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
    Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
    Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
    Option "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"
    EndSection

    Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "Monitor0"
    VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
    ModelName "Unknown monitor"
    HorizSync 30.0 - 70.0
    VertRefresh 50.0 - 85.0
    Option "dpms"
    EndSection

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Videocard0
    Driver "nvidia"
    VendorName "Videocard vendor"
    BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce FX (generic)"
    Option "NvAGP" "1"
    Option "RenderAccel" "1"
    #TV Out Setup
    Option "TwinView" "true"
    Option "SecondMonitorHorizSync" "30-50"
    Option "SecondMonitorVertRefresh" "60"
    Option "TwinViewOrientation" "Clone"
    Option "ConnectedMonitor" "CRT, TV"
    Option "MetaModes" "1024x768,1024x768; 1024x768,1024x768,800x600,800x600; 640x480"
    EndSection

    Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Screen0"
    Device "Videocard0"
    Monitor "Monitor0"
    DefaultDepth 16
    SubSection "Display"
    Viewport 0 0
    Depth 16
    Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
    EndSubSection
    Option "TVStandard" "NTSC-M"
    Option "TVOutFormat" "SVIDEO"
    EndSection

    Section "DRI"
    Group 0
    Mode 0666
    EndSection
    Many greetings from Belgium,
    Gaston Verhulst.


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