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Old 01-17-04, 05:10 PM   #1
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Default GeForce 2 GTS, RH9, X, TV-out

I had an ATI Radeon 7000 working on this machine with X, but, as many of you probably know, they don't have ANY linux drivers, so I couldn't do anything accellerated in linux. So, I decided to use my GeForce 2 GTS-class card in the system (It is running RH9).

I'm using a TV-out via the S-Video. It starts up fine. I installed the NVidia 5328 drivers. Everything installed fine. When I try to start X, though, I get a lot of colored garbage and flickering for about 3 seconds, then it settles down to a black screen. It looks like it also has grey borders.

X is running, I think, but not displaying properly. When I Ctrl-Alt-F1 to the console I see that the last thing that is printed is generally "Initializing GLX" or something like that. Also, when I Ctrl-C to break out of X at the console, I sometimes get messages from applications saying that they can't reach the X server. So it seems to be working, just not displaying correctly.

Anyway, I'd love to finally get this working. I have attached my XF86Config and my XFree86.0.log, which I did in verbose mode. Thanks.

RedHat 9
Athlon 500 MHz
Geforce 2 GTS (I believe is is some kind of special edition with 64 Meg RAM)

Richard

BEGIN XF86Config:
# XFree86 4 configuration created by redhat-config-xfree86

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Default Layout"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
InputDevice "DevInputMice" "AlwaysCore"
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"). 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 "glx"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "keyboard"
Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
# If the normal CorePointer mouse is not a USB mouse then
# this input device can be used in AlwaysCore mode to let you
# also use USB mice at the same time.
Identifier "DevInputMice"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "TV"
VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
ModelName "Unknown monitor"
HorizSync 30-50
VertRefresh 60
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "Gforce"
Driver "nvidia"
VendorName "Videocard vendor"
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce 2 GTS (generic)"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Gforce
Monitor "TV"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
Option "TVStandard" "NTSC-M"
Option "TVOutFormat" "SVIDEO"
EndSubSection
EndSection
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Old 01-17-04, 05:29 PM   #2
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Default Workaround

As a temporary fix until you are able to get tv-out working, you should try booting without the tv cable plugged into the card. If you have not yet verified that the driver works without tv-out, then I suggest you do.

Problems with tv-out causing this kind of corruption on screen, especially the terminals, is pretty common. Your setup appears valid to me, but I don't use tv-out with my card, so I'm not that familiar with the setup.
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Old 01-17-04, 06:12 PM   #3
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If you have not yet verified that the driver works without tv-out, then I suggest you do.
Yes, I just tested it. It works fine with just a monitor plugged in. This doesn't really provide me with a temporary fix, though; This computer is our media server, and is supposed to play movies on our TV. I have it working in windows, but windows decided it didn't like to boot anymore so I switched to linux, which is what all the other computers in our place run. I like NVidia a lot, I just wish I could get it to work with the TV out as advertised.
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You could try changing the value of TVOutFormat to composite.
This works for me if I use the SVHS->composite cable thart came with the card.

I attached a working XF86Config-4 that uses both crt and tv, hope it helps.
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Old 01-21-04, 05:33 PM   #5
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You could try changing the value of TVOutFormat to composite.
This works for me if I use the SVHS->composite cable thart came with the card.

I attached a working XF86Config-4 that uses both crt and tv, hope it helps.

I just bought a composite cable to check with, but no luck. It did exactly the same thing. One thing I should probably do is check and see whether TV-Out works under windows.
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