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Old 01-11-07, 11:07 AM   #1
clinton
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Default Getting laptop, text console and TV working

Hi all

I have a Dell Inspiron 9400 with an Nvdia GeForce Go 7900 GS card and an SEC GH874 laptop screen, running openSuSE 10.2 with Gnome.

I also have a Sony WEGA KV-36FS70, which is quite old now but has a brilliant display - its a 36" flat screen TV with a 100Hz display - really great definition.

I want to connect the TV to my laptop. I tried the method of running 2 separate X displays, but there were some issues with Gnome where the notification area (where eg Skype and Gaim icons go) wasn't appearing.

So I tried to do it using TwinView.

I have managed to get it set up so that I have two resolutions to choose from - the first is just my basic laptop screen, the second includes the TV off to the right, which i can enable when I want to use the TV.

The problems I am having so far are:
1) The picture on the TV isn't great - bit fuzzy, and text impossible to read
2) Pressing Ctrl-Alt-F1 no longer gives me a text console, just blue and black blobs
3) Video playing on the TV suffers from black frames when there is panning motion.

Please could you have a look at my xorg.conf file (below) and let me know if there is a better way of doing this. i am using the 1.0-9631 driver.

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Code:
Section "Module"
  Load         "dbe"
  Load         "type1"
  Load         "freetype"
  Load         "extmod"
  Load         "glx"
  Load         "v4l"
EndSection

Section "Modes"
  Identifier   "Modes[0]"
EndSection


Section "Screen"
  DefaultDepth 24
    Option         "TwinView" "1"
    Option         "metamodes" "TV: 720x576 +1920+0, DFP: 1920x1200 +0+0; TV: NULL, DFP: 1920x1200 +0+0"

  SubSection "Display"
    Depth      15
    Modes      "1920x1200" "1900x1200" "1600x1200" "1680x1050" "1600x1024" "1600x1000" "1400x1050" "1280x1024" "1440x900" "1280x960" "1366x768" "1280x800" "1152x864" "1280x768" "1024x768" "1280x600" "1024x600" "800x600" "768x576" "640x480" 
  EndSubSection
  SubSection "Display"
    Depth      16
    Modes      "1920x1200" "1900x1200" "1600x1200" "1680x1050" "1600x1024" "1600x1000" "1400x1050" "1280x1024" "1440x900" "1280x960" "1366x768" "1280x800" "1152x864" "1280x768" "1024x768" "1280x600" "1024x600" "800x600" "768x576" "640x480" 
  EndSubSection
  SubSection "Display"
    Depth      24
    Modes      "1920x1200" "1900x1200" "1600x1200" "1680x1050" "1600x1024" "1600x1000" "1400x1050" "1280x1024" "1440x900" "1280x960" "1366x768" "1280x800" "1152x864" "1280x768" "1024x768" "1280x600" "1024x600" "800x600" "768x576" "640x480" 
  EndSubSection
  SubSection "Display"
    Depth      8
    Modes      "1920x1200" "1900x1200" "1600x1200" "1680x1050" "1600x1024" "1600x1000" "1400x1050" "1280x1024" "1440x900" "1280x960" "1366x768" "1280x800" "1152x864" "1280x768" "1024x768" "1280x600" "1024x600" "800x600" "768x576" "640x480" 
  EndSubSection
  Device       "Device[0]"
  Identifier   "Screen[0]"
  Monitor      "Monitor[0]"
EndSection

Section "Device"
  BoardName    "GeForce Go 7900 GS"
  BusID        "1:0:0"
  Driver       "nvidia"
  Identifier   "Device[0]"
  VendorName   "NVIDIA"
  Option       "TVStandard"    "PAL-I"
  Option       "TVOutFormat"   "AUTOSELECT"
  Option       "SecondMonitorHorizSync" "30-50"
  Option       "SecondMonitorVertRefresh" "60"
  Option "ConnectedMonitor" "DFP,TV"
EndSection


Section "ServerLayout"
  Identifier   "Layout[all]"
  InputDevice  "Keyboard[0]" "CoreKeyboard"
  InputDevice  "Mouse[1]" "CorePointer"
  InputDevice  "Mouse[3]" "SendCoreEvents"
  Option       "Clone" "off"
  Option       "Xinerama" "off"
  Screen       "Screen[0]"
EndSection


Section "DRI"
    Group      "video"
    Mode       0660
EndSection

Section "Extensions"
EndSection
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