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Old 02-24-03, 11:15 AM   #1
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Default Debian, TV-Out - just 4:3 aspect ratio full screen

Hi there,

another Linux-Newb with problems, my system:

Debian (SID - but that shouldn't be the problem)
Asus GeForce 3
NVidia driver (1.0-4191, compiled from sources)

I set up my XF86Config-4 according to misc. mini-how-tos I found in the net. Everything seems to be fine.

Now I run:

X -screen tvout :1 -ac & sleep 2; DISPLAY=:1 xine -pfq "$1" -fullscreen \
&& kill `ps aux | awk '/X\ -screen/ {print $2}' `
as root, replacing $1 with a movie-file.

Everything runs fine, monitor turning off, TV turning "on", movie starts playing. But only if the movie is in 4:3 aspect ratio. If I press "a" in xine (change aspect ratio) the picture is gone.

If I start a movie with 16:9 aspect ratio, I cannot see anything. Changing it to 4:3 doesn't help, because the picture gets squished.

BTW: I cannot start other programs like xeyes on screen "Screen-TV-Out" either. They won't display. Just 4:3 fullscreen-aps.

I read something about xv driver and overlay vs. blitter. I tried xvid -V vx [...] but it doesn't help. And I googled around a lot to find more about "Option videomode blitter" or something like this, but I couldn't find anything useful.

Some other hints I found were about re-installing xv driver. How do I do this using Debian? I don't know which package to reinstall. -- And I even don't know if this would be of any help for my problem...

Here are the corresponding parts of XF86CONFIG-4:

Section "Device"
        Identifier              "GeForce III TV-Out"
        Driver  "nvidia"
        Screen  0
        Option  "CursorShadow"         "on"
        Option  "TVOutFormat" 				"COMPOSITE"
        Option  "TVStandard"            "PAL-B"
        Option  "ConnectedMonitor"      "tv"

Section "Monitor"
        Identifier      "tv"
        HorizSync       30-50
        VertRefresh     60

Section "Screen"
        Identifier      "tvout"
        Device          "GeForce III TV-Out"
        Monitor         "tv"

        DefaultDepth    24

        SubSection "Display"
                Depth 24
                Modes "800x600"

Last edited by mag23; 02-24-03 at 12:49 PM.
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Old 02-24-03, 01:58 PM   #2
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Likely this problem appears because you are using a plain X session without a window manager. When switching options like aspect ratio the window/visual id changes. (played with the Xine source in the past ..)

Likely this is causing your problems. So the solution I think is to run a window manager at the background.
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