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Old 06-04-04, 03:34 PM   #1
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I am having trouble getting tv-out to work. I have a Dell Inspiron 8200 Laptop with the 1600x1200 UXGA display. The graphics chip is a GeForce 440 Go. The driver is 5336. Everything works fine when it's just the laptop display connected, but when I plug the dongle for the tv-out connection, X crashes. The tv-out settings were made by Yanc, if that helps. What I am trying to do is have the lcd display and a television display a clone of each other. It would be nice to have the lcd display at 1600x1200 and the tv at 640x480, but I don't know if that is possible. At this point, I would settle for restarting the X server with the tv-out cable plugged in and it changes the resolution on both to 640x480, or 800x600 (I think the tv can handle it). Attached is my config file and the error log file, although it may not show the errors because when I start X without the tv-out cable plugged in (as I did now to get X running to type this) it works fine.

Any help is appriciated!
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Old 06-04-04, 05:55 PM   #2
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> What I am trying to do is have the lcd display and a television
> display a clone of each other.


That's what i'm trying to do as well, seems it's not possible with my geforce3 because it doesn't support "twinview" ................. The only form of tv-out this piece of junk is able to come up with, is -only- a desktop on the tv, and a blank pc screen, and that crashes the entire system (can't even login from the network) when i try to exit or switch consoles.

So far this "official support" message board has been zero help, after posting several questions on the issue.
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Old 06-05-04, 03:24 AM   #3
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I don't know if this will help or not but I was having X crash when changing resolutionn etc. To fix this I added Option "NvAgp" "1". Still I can't help with the TV out as its broken on my FX5700 with any driver.
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Old 06-05-04, 10:22 PM   #4
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Alright, after some more googleing, i found a config file that works. Here's how it works: When you want regular lcd at high res, start the x server without the video dongle connected. When you want tv-out, plug the dongle in, log out of K, then when you get to the graphical logon, press "control-alt-backspace" to restart the X server. That should make the switch. Both the lcd and the tv will be at 800x600.

See my specs above, if you have the same setup, you may want to just replace this file with yours. However, always make backups of the config file!!! Before you make a change, do something like this to make a copy:

$ cp /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 /etc/X11/XF86Config-4.backup

Then if X fails completely, just run

$ mv /etc/X11/XF86Config-4.backup XF86Config-4

and your old configuration will be put back

I hope this helps!
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