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Old 12-10-05, 11:31 AM   #1
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Default Legacy - Linux, voodoo3 3000, TV-out

I apologize in advance, I know this is a post for a legacy product. However, it does deal with the Nvidia Linux driver.

In a brief attempt to setup a living room jukebox machine with a TV-interface using an old Voodoo3 3000, I ran across this post to a mailing list:

http://Linux.derkeiler.com/Mailing-L...5-01/0890.html

This can't possibly be true, can it? Does the Nvidia driver actually support the legacy voodoo3 card in some fashion? Or does installing it in some way help the TV-out ability of the voodoo3?

All searches to date for TV-out + Linux + voodoo3 refer to the manipulation of the bt869 chip registers via the i2c kernel drivers, and special modes for X. Unfortunately, bt869 support was dropped in the 2.6 kernel. I was able to find and use a patch to add support to the 2.6 kernel (and it appears to have worked in this aspect, it does now detect and manipulate the bt869 chip on the card), however, my attempts to date to get TV-out working on the Voodoo3 3000 + 2.6.12 kernel with a good picture have not been successful.

Anyway, if someone out there can elaborate on any relation between the modern Nvidia drivers and the Voodoo3 TV-out _might_ have, please do so. Has anybody had successful results? How?


From the post:
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> I,m struggling to get the TV-out on my Voodoo3 graphics card to work.
> Has anyone had success with this card and could you tell me how
...

I think you are referring to the Voodoo3 3000. It works quite easy by
installing nVidia drivers and adding the following lines to XF86Config,
Section "Device":
Option "ConnectedMonitor" "TV"
Option "SecondMonitorVertRefresh" "60"
Option "SecondMonitorHorizSync" "30-50"
Option "MetaModes" "1024x768, 1024x768; 800x600, 800x600;
640x480, 640x480;"
Option "TwinView" "on"
Option "TwinOrientation" "Clone"
Option "CursorShadow" "on"
Option "TVOutFormat" "COMPOSITE"
Option "TVStandard" "PAL-B"
Screen 0
Option "Rotate" "off"
VendorName "NVidia"

Replace the TV-Standard with the one from your contry
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Old 12-10-05, 12:17 PM   #2
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Default Re: Legacy - Linux, voodoo3 3000, TV-out

The NVIDIA Linux graphics drivers do not support the 3Dfx Voodoo 3000.
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Old 12-10-05, 01:44 PM   #3
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Default Re: Legacy - Linux, voodoo3 3000, TV-out

For the voodoo3 you can use the tdfx driver. I don't know about the tv-out.
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Old 12-11-05, 06:23 PM   #4
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Default Re: Legacy - Linux, voodoo3 3000, TV-out

I was actually successfull in doing this over the weekend (Voodoo3 3000, SVIDEO TV-Out, NTSC 800x600, Ubuntu 5.10, 2.6.12 kernel, BT869-i2c patch for 2.6 kernel)

You are correct, that original post I found is in error: The nvidia drivers do not support the Voodoo3 card, nor tv-out in any manor.

Since it is beyond the realm of this forum, I would be glad to post my steps / results someplace else, if there is interest.

These old cards and old machines make good living-room juke boxes with on-tv display.
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Old 12-12-05, 02:00 AM   #5
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Maybe you can post a howto on the Ubuntu forum/wiki.
I used to use a Voodoo 3 2000 (no tv-out) that always worked great with linux.
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Old 12-29-05, 06:09 PM   #6
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Default Re: Legacy - Linux, voodoo3 3000, TV-out

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Originally Posted by mile10com
I was actually successfull in doing this over the weekend (Voodoo3 3000, SVIDEO TV-Out, NTSC 800x600, Ubuntu 5.10, 2.6.12 kernel, BT869-i2c patch for 2.6 kernel)

You are correct, that original post I found is in error: The nvidia drivers do not support the Voodoo3 card, nor tv-out in any manor.

Since it is beyond the realm of this forum, I would be glad to post my steps / results someplace else, if there is interest.

These old cards and old machines make good living-room juke boxes with on-tv display.
I would really like to see your xorg config file! I just got TV-out working on my voodoo3 3000 and the picture quality is really OK. But I have some problems getting the correct resolution and stuff like that. Seeing your config might help me, even though I'm using PAL and you NTSC. The perfect thing would be to get 720x576 @ 100hz, as my TV is a 32" 100hz CRT widescreen, but I guess the voodoo can't give me 100hz ?

Another question: A CRT widescreen TV, does it use a wider resolution than 720x576, or is the picture just stretched?
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