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Old 12-08-07, 01:53 PM   #1
s0be
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Default TV-Out Card Choices (HDMI/DVI/Component)

My current system uses the integrated 6150 tv-out on a Gigabyte GA-K8N51PVMT-9. This has worked great up until now. Yesterday I got a Sharp AQUOS 1080p TV. It supports 1080p on both HDMI and Component inputs, but the IGP doesn't seem to support 1080p on component.

The output of startx -- -logverbose 6 seems to indicate that 1920x1080 is only supported in 1080i (relevant output included below).

So now I'm searching for a pci-e x16 graphics card that's preferably silent, but most importantly, can be hooked up to my tv. I only use this system for mythtv, no gaming, and I can't seem to find any resources stating what aspects of a card are important to my tv/dvd-watching experience.

I'm looking for any input on card options and what aspects of the card are most important.

here's the relevant output:

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(II) Setting vga for screen 0.
(**) NVIDIA(0): Depth 24, (--) framebuffer bpp 32
(==) NVIDIA(0): RGB weight 888
(==) NVIDIA(0): Default visual is TrueColor
(==) NVIDIA(0): Using gamma correction (1.0, 1.0, 1.0)
(**) NVIDIA(0): Option "TVStandard" "HD1080p"
(**) NVIDIA(0): Option "TVOutFormat" "COMPONENT"
(**) NVIDIA(0): Option "UseDisplayDevice" "TV"
(==) NVIDIA(0): Using HW cursor
(**) NVIDIA(0): Enabling RENDER acceleration
(**) NVIDIA(0): Forcing COMPONENT output
(==) NVIDIA(0): Video key set to default value of 0x101fe
(**) NVIDIA(0): TV Standard string: "HD1080p"
(II) NVIDIA(0): Support for GLX with the Damage and Composite X extensions is
(II) NVIDIA(0):     enabled.
(II) NVIDIA(0): NVIDIA GPU GeForce 6150 (C51) at PCI:0:5:0 (GPU-0)
(--) NVIDIA(0): Memory: 262144 kBytes
(II) NVIDIA(0): GPU Architecture: 0x40
(II) NVIDIA(0): GPU Implementation: 0x4e
(II) NVIDIA(0): GPU Revision: 0xa2
(II) NVIDIA(0): GPU RAM Type: DDR1
(--) NVIDIA(0): VideoBIOS: 05.51.22.25.13
(--) NVIDIA(0): Found 2 CRTCs on board
(II) NVIDIA(0): Supported display device(s): CRT-0, DFP-0, TV-0
(II) NVIDIA(0): Bus detected as Integrated
(--) NVIDIA(0): Interlaced video modes are supported on this GPU
(II) NVIDIA(0): VPES : 1
(II) NVIDIA(0): SPS  : 2
(II) NVIDIA(0): 
(II) NVIDIA(0): Mode timing constraints for  : GeForce 6150
(II) NVIDIA(0): Maximum mode timing values   :
(II) NVIDIA(0):     Horizontal Visible Width : 8192
(II) NVIDIA(0):     Horizontal Blank Start   : 8192
(II) NVIDIA(0):     Horizontal Blank Width   : 4096
(II) NVIDIA(0):     Horizontal Sync Start    : 8184
(II) NVIDIA(0):     Horizontal Sync Width    : 504
(II) NVIDIA(0):     Horizontal Total Width   : 8224
(II) NVIDIA(0):     Vertical Visible Height  : 8192
(II) NVIDIA(0):     Vertical Blank Start     : 8192
(II) NVIDIA(0):     Vertical Blank Width     : 256
(II) NVIDIA(0):     Veritcal Sync Start      : 8191
(II) NVIDIA(0):     Vertical Sync Width      : 15
(II) NVIDIA(0):     Vertical Total Height    : 8193
(II) NVIDIA(0): 
(II) NVIDIA(0): Minimum mode timing values   :
(II) NVIDIA(0):     Horizontal Total Width   : 40
(II) NVIDIA(0):     Vertical Total Height    : 2
(II) NVIDIA(0): 
(II) NVIDIA(0): Mode timing alignment        :
(II) NVIDIA(0):     Horizontal Visible Width : multiples of 8
(II) NVIDIA(0):     Horizontal Blank Start   : multiples of 8
(II) NVIDIA(0):     Horizontal Blank Width   : multiples of 8
(II) NVIDIA(0):     Horizontal Sync Start    : multiples of 8
(II) NVIDIA(0):     Horizontal Sync Width    : multiples of 8
(II) NVIDIA(0):     Horizontal Total Width   : multiples of 8
(II) NVIDIA(0): 
(--) NVIDIA(0): Connected display device(s) on GeForce 6150 at PCI:0:5:0:
(--) NVIDIA(0):     NVIDIA TV Encoder (TV-0)
(--) NVIDIA(0): NVIDIA TV Encoder (TV-0): 400.0 MHz maximum pixel clock
(--) NVIDIA(0): TV encoder: NVIDIA
(II) NVIDIA(0): TV modes supported by this encoder:
(II) NVIDIA(0):   1920x1080; Standards: HD1080i
(II) NVIDIA(0):   1280x1024; Standards: HD1080i
(II) NVIDIA(0):   1280x720; Standards: HD720p, HD1080i
(II) NVIDIA(0):   1024x768; Standards: NTSC-M, NTSC-J, PAL-M, PAL-BDGHI,
(II) NVIDIA(0):     PAL-N, PAL-NC, HD480i, HD720p, HD1080i, HD576i
(II) NVIDIA(0):   800x600; Standards: NTSC-M, NTSC-J, PAL-M, PAL-BDGHI, PAL-N,
(II) NVIDIA(0):     PAL-NC, HD480i, HD480p, HD720p, HD1080i, HD576i, HD576p
(II) NVIDIA(0):   720x576; Standards: PAL-BDGHI, PAL-N, PAL-NC, HD576i,
(II) NVIDIA(0):     HD576p
(II) NVIDIA(0):   720x480; Standards: NTSC-M, NTSC-J, PAL-M, HD480i, HD480p,
(II) NVIDIA(0):     HD720p, HD1080i
(II) NVIDIA(0):   640x480; Standards: NTSC-M, NTSC-J, PAL-M, PAL-BDGHI, PAL-N,
(II) NVIDIA(0):     PAL-NC, HD480i, HD480p, HD720p, HD1080i, HD576i, HD576p
(II) NVIDIA(0):   640x400; Standards: NTSC-M, NTSC-J, PAL-M, PAL-BDGHI, PAL-N,
(II) NVIDIA(0):     PAL-NC, HD480i, HD480p, HD720p, HD1080i, HD576i, HD576p
(II) NVIDIA(0):   400x300; Standards: NTSC-M, NTSC-J, PAL-M, PAL-BDGHI, PAL-N,
(II) NVIDIA(0):     PAL-NC, HD480i, HD480p, HD720p, HD1080i, HD576i, HD576p
(II) NVIDIA(0):   320x240; Standards: NTSC-M, NTSC-J, PAL-M, PAL-BDGHI, PAL-N,
(II) NVIDIA(0):     PAL-NC, HD480i, HD480p, HD720p, HD1080i, HD576i, HD576p
(II) NVIDIA(0):   320x200; Standards: NTSC-M, NTSC-J, PAL-M, PAL-BDGHI, PAL-N,
(II) NVIDIA(0):     PAL-NC, HD480i, HD480p, HD720p, HD1080i, HD576i, HD576p
(II) NVIDIA(0): Option "UseDisplayDevice" "TV" converted to "TV-0".
(II) NVIDIA(0): Frequency information for NVIDIA TV Encoder (TV-0):
(II) NVIDIA(0):   HorizSync   : 28.000-33.000 kHz
(II) NVIDIA(0):   VertRefresh : 43.000-72.000 Hz
(II) NVIDIA(0):     (HorizSync from Conservative Defaults)
(II) NVIDIA(0):     (VertRefresh from Conservative Defaults)
(II) NVIDIA(0): Note that the HorizSync and VertRefresh frequency ranges are
(II) NVIDIA(0):     ignored for TV Display Devices; modetimings for TVs will
(II) NVIDIA(0):     be selected based on the capabilities of the NVIDIA TV
(II) NVIDIA(0):     encoder.
(II) NVIDIA(0): 
(II) NVIDIA(0): --- Building ModePool for NVIDIA TV Encoder (TV-0) ---
(II) NVIDIA(0): --- Done building ModePool for NVIDIA TV Encoder (TV-0) ---
(II) NVIDIA(0): 
(II) NVIDIA(0): 
(II) NVIDIA(0): --- Modes in ModePool for NVIDIA TV Encoder (TV-0) ---
(II) NVIDIA(0): "nvidia-auto-select" :  800 x  600 @  60.3 Hz  (from: NVIDIA Predefined)
(II) NVIDIA(0): --- End of ModePool for NVIDIA TV Encoder (TV-0): ---
(II) NVIDIA(0): 
(II) NVIDIA(0): Assigned Display Device: TV-0
(II) NVIDIA(0): Requested modes:
(II) NVIDIA(0):     "1920x1080"
(WW) NVIDIA(0): No valid modes for "1920x1080"; removing.
(WW) NVIDIA(0): 
(WW) NVIDIA(0): Unable to validate any modes; falling back to the default mode
(WW) NVIDIA(0):     "nvidia-auto-select".
(WW) NVIDIA(0): 
(II) NVIDIA(0): Validated modes:
(II) NVIDIA(0): MetaMode "nvidia-auto-select":
(II) NVIDIA(0):     Bounding Box: [0, 0, 800, 600]
(II) NVIDIA(0):     NVIDIA TV Encoder (TV-0): "nvidia-auto-select"
(II) NVIDIA(0):         Size          : 800 x 600
(II) NVIDIA(0):         Offset        : +0 +0
(II) NVIDIA(0):         Panning Domain: @ 800 x 600
(II) NVIDIA(0):         Position      : [0, 0, 800, 600]
(II) NVIDIA(0): Virtual screen size determined to be 800 x 600
(==) NVIDIA(0): DPI set to (75, 75); computed from built-in default
(==) NVIDIA(0): Enabling 32-bit ARGB GLX visuals.
(--) Depth 24 pixmap format is 32 bpp
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