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Old 07-27-03, 04:16 PM   #1
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Question Nvidia tv-out problem.


I have searched throughout the land of google and the net and just can't seem to get a configuration that works for my NVIDIA based video card and tv-out capability. I now have a clean setup and this is the first thing I am trying to get working on the box.

I have successfully installed the Nvidia driver without a problem and I get the Nvidia logo when X tries to start. The GUI is much faster now. So I am trying to get TV-Out working.

I have enabled the twinview settings and tried numerous examples from posts throughout the web. However, none of them quite work.

Basically, I can get video to the tv OR to the monitor, but not at the same time (clone mode). Some configurations (such as the one below) get me a good picture to the tv, but the monitor is completely hosed (it is trying to sync and it cannot) - this locks my computer - or at least sets an undisplayable mode so that I have to power off and try again (ie. cannot switch to non X sessions or backspace out).

This just does not seem like it should be so difficult. I am hoping to determine in the next few days if it is a problem with this particular card or just a configuration problem. If a card problem then I can return and get a different brand. Any recommendations on brands that people have gotten this to work on?

I need tv-out as I am setting up a MythTv box on this computer.

Thanks in advance for any help or guidance.

My Hardware:
Motherboard: Asus A7n8X deluxe
Chip: AMD 2.5 Athalon
Ram: 512 MB
Video Card: Asus V9180 TD with 64 MB ram

Linux: Mandrake 9.1 Release

My XF86Config-4 file:

# File generated by XFdrake.

# ************************************************** ********************
# Refer to the XF86Config man page for details about the format of
# this file.
# ************************************************** ********************

Section "Files"
# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, Mandrake 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
# the X server to render fonts.
FontPath "unix/:-1"

Section "ServerFlags"
#DontZap # disable <Crtl><Alt><BS> (server abort)
AllowMouseOpenFail # allows the server to start up even if the mouse doesn't work
#DontZoom # disable <Crtl><Alt><KP_+>/<KP_-> (resolution switching)

Section "Module"
Load "dbe" # Double-Buffering Extension
Load "v4l" # Video for Linux
Load "extmod"
Load "type1"
Load "freetype"
Load "glx" # 3D layer

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard1"
Driver "Keyboard"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
Option "XkbCompat" ""
Option "XkbOptions" ""

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "PS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "Emulate3Buttons"
Option "Emulate3Timeout" "50"

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "monitor1"
VendorName "Generic"
ModelName "1024x768 @ 70 Hz"
HorizSync 31.5-60.0
VertRefresh 50-70
Usemodes "Modes[0]"

Section "Modes"
Identifier "Modes[0]"
Modeline "1024x768" 78.80 1024 1040 1136 1312 768 769 772 800

Section "Device"
Identifier "device1"
VendorName "nVidia Corporation"
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce4 (generic)"
Driver "nvidia"
Option "DPMS"

Option "TwinView" "true"
Option "SecondMonitorHorizSync" "30-50"
Option "SecondMonitorVertRefresh" "60"
Option "MetaModes" "1024x768, 800x600; 800x600, 800x600; 640x480, 640x480"
Option "TVStanderd" "NTSC-M"
Option "ConnectedMonitor" "CRT, TV"
Option "TwinViewOrientation" "Clone"
Option "TVOutFormat" "SVIDEO"

Section "Screen"
Identifier "screen1"
Device "device1"
Monitor "monitor1"
DefaultColorDepth 24

Subsection "Display"
Depth 8
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

Subsection "Display"
Depth 15
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

Subsection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

Subsection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "layout1"
InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"
InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer"
Option "Clone" "off"
Screen "screen1"

Section "DRI"
Group "video"
Mode 0660
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Old 07-27-03, 06:33 PM   #2
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/me runs screaming

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Old 07-28-03, 02:46 PM   #3
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Ooops. Sorry. I had read that and just made a mistake.
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