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Old 04-20-06, 10:14 AM   #1
tam9
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Question Using ubuntu dapper and twinview with Nvidia driver

Hi all,

I used to run Debian unstable for a long time and when I upgraded a short while ago it broke X and a few other things, but my main reason for leaving debian behind was I need to have TwinView, anyway, this is my story, I watch a lot of media from my TV via nvidia's linux drivers using TwinView but recently I can't even get a single thing on the TV from the computer and when I do I get just a blue square where the media is supposed to be (although the other parts of the screen are fine). If I turn twinview off the media on the computer works fine...I am confused about this and was wondering if you guys could help?

Both my monitor and TV are Sony, my monitor is just a plain 16" TFT and my TV is a 44" (if that is any help).

I have googled to no avail recently and still haven't figured out a solution at all...

Here are the details of my operating system and some other things that will come in useful.

tam@spud:~$ uname -a
Linux spud 2.6.15-20-386 #1 PREEMPT Tue Apr 4 17:48:51 UTC 2006 i686 GNU/Linux

My xorg.conf (this is messy)

Section "Files"
FontPath "unix/:7100" # local font server
# if the local font server has problems, we can fall back on these
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/misc"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/cyrillic"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/:unscaled"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/Type1"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/CID"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/Speedo"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi"
FontPath "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi"
EndSection

Section "Module"
# Load "GLcore"
Load "bitmap"
Load "dbe"
Load "ddc"
# Load "dri"
Load "extmod"
Load "freetype"
Load "glx"
Load "int10"
Load "record"
Load "speedo"
Load "type1"
Load "vbe"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Generic Keyboard"
Driver "kbd"
Driver "keyboard"
Option "CoreKeyboard"
Option "XkbRules"
Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "gb"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Configured Mouse"
Driver "mouse"
Option "CorePointer"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option " Protocol" "ImPS/2"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "true"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
ModelName "LCD Panel 1280x1024"
DisplaySize 300 230
HorizSync 31.5 - 67.0
VertRefresh 50.0 - 75.0
Option "dpms"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "nvidia"
VendorName "Videocard vendor"
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce 4 (generic)"
Option "NvAGP" "1"
Option "DigitalVibrance" "2"
Option "TwinView" "1"
Option "SecondMonitorHorizSync" "30-61"
Option "SecondMonitorVertRefresh" "56-76"
Option "TwinViewOrientation" "clone"
Option "TVStandard" "PAL-B"
Option "MetaModes" "1024x768@1024x768,800x600 @800x600"
EndSection

Section "Screen" Identifier "
Screen0"
Device "Videocard0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
Option "TwinView"
Option "SecondMonitorHorizSync" "30.0 - 61.0"
Option "SecondMonitorVertRefresh" "56.0 - 76.0"
Option "MetaModes" "1280x1024, 800x600 @1280x1024; 1024x768, 1024x768 @1024x768; 1024x768, 1024x768"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "DRI"
Group 0
Mode 0666
EndSection


Here is also part of the X's logs:

(II) Setting vga for screen 0.
(**) NVIDIA(0): Depth 24, (--) framebuffer bpp 32
(==) NVIDIA(0): RGB weight 888
(==) NVIDIA(0): Default visual is TrueColor
(==) NVIDIA(0): Using gamma correction (1.0, 1.0, 1.0)
(**) NVIDIA(0): Option "NvAGP" "1"
(**) NVIDIA(0): Option "TVStandard" "PAL-B"
(**) NVIDIA(0): Option "TwinView"
(**) NVIDIA(0): Option "TwinViewOrientation" "clone"
(**) NVIDIA(0): Option "SecondMonitorHorizSync" "30.0 - 61.0"
(**) NVIDIA(0): Option "SecondMonitorVertRefresh" "56.0 - 76.0"
(**) NVIDIA(0): Option "MetaModes" "1280x1024, 800x600 @1280x1024; 1024x768, 1024x768 @1024x768; 1024x768, 1024x768"
(**) NVIDIA(0): Enabling RENDER acceleration
(**) NVIDIA(0): TV Standard string: "PAL-B"
(**) NVIDIA(0): TwinView enabled
(**) NVIDIA(0): Use of NVIDIA internal AGP requested
(II) NVIDIA(0): NVIDIA GPU GeForce4 MX 420 at PCI:1:0:0
(--) NVIDIA(0): VideoRAM: 65536 kBytes
(--) NVIDIA(0): VideoBIOS: 04.17.00.41.26
(II) NVIDIA(0): Detected AGP rate: 4X
(--) NVIDIA(0): Interlaced video modes are supported on this GPU
(--) NVIDIA(0): Connected display device(s) on GeForce4 MX 420 at PCI:1:0:0:
(--) NVIDIA(0): Sony SDM-M61 (CRT-0)
(--) NVIDIA(0): NVIDIA TV Encoder (TV-0)
(--) NVIDIA(0): Sony SDM-M61 (CRT-0): 350 MHz maximum pixel clock
(--) NVIDIA(0): NVIDIA TV Encoder (TV-0): 350 MHz maximum pixel clock
(--) NVIDIA(0): TV encoder: NVIDIA
(II) NVIDIA(0): Assigned Display Devices: CRT-0, TV-0
(II) NVIDIA(0): Validated modes:
(II) NVIDIA(0): "1280x1024,800x600@1280x1024"
(II) NVIDIA(0): "1024x768,1024x768@1024x768"
(II) NVIDIA(0): "1024x768,1024x768"
(II) NVIDIA(0): Virtual screen size determined to be 1280 x 1024
(II) Loading sub module "int10"
(II) LoadModule: "int10"
(II) Reloading /usr/lib/xorg/modules/libint10.so
(II) NVIDIA(0): Primary V_BIOS segment is: 0xc000
(--) NVIDIA(0): DPI set to (101, 104); computed from "UseEdidDpi" X config option
(--) Depth 24 pixmap format is 32 bpp
(II) do I need RAC? No, I don't.

Thanks for taking your time to have a look,

Tam.

Last edited by tam9; 04-20-06 at 11:37 AM. Reason: edited title
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Old 04-21-06, 12:41 PM   #2
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Default Re: Using ubuntu dapper and freeview with Nvidia driver

What is the command that you're using to play the media when you get "a blue square where the media is supposed to be"? What kind of media are you trying to play?

Additionally, please generate and post an nvidia-bug-report.log

Thanks,
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Old 04-24-06, 07:13 AM   #3
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Hi netllama,

First of all sorry for the late reply, I was away for a couple of days.

I am trying to play an avi file or any other video files. I'm using the command mplayer blabla.avi or even xine blabla.avi.

Here is the nvidia bug report you requested. I have also copied it to the email provided inside the bug report instructions.

http://ineed2.co.uk/~tam/nvidia-bug-report.log

Thanks again for your time.

p.s. I have heard of other people with similair problems.
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Old 04-24-06, 02:58 PM   #4
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I'm afraid that I'm not able to replicate this problem. Does this reproduce with both of the following commands:
mplayer -vo xv file.mpg
mplayer -vo gl file.mpg

Also, which version of mplayer are you using?

Thanks,
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Old 04-25-06, 03:19 AM   #5
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Hi netllama,

Thanks for your help as it is very much appreciated. The command mplayer -vo gl worked perfectly, but I'm wondering why it failed to work when it used to work fine all the time without fail. So that intrigues me, why not.

Another thing would be
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Old 04-25-06, 03:50 AM   #6
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I am having the same problem with ubuntu dapper.
This is a recent regression that have happened during the last couple of weeks.
The next thing I am going to try is backing a few kernel revisions and see if that helps.
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Old 04-25-06, 08:09 AM   #7
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Try the kernel after the one you're using. 2.6.15-21 cleared up some X-related problems for me.
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Old 04-25-06, 10:53 AM   #8
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Tam9,
Just to confirm, this only reproduces for you when running mplayer with the "-vo xv" option?

Can you please post the full output that is generated by mplayer when the problem is present?
Was your mplayer built from source, or from a repository?

Thanks,
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Old 04-28-06, 12:43 PM   #9
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I'm having the same problem.
I did this:
1. start in totem, didnt work
2. mplayer -vo xv, worked
3. /usr/bin/mplayer -fixed-vo -autoq 100 -zoom -xy 800 -osdlevel 1 -subpos 78, didn't work
4. mplayer -vo xv, didn't work
5. mplayer -vo x11, worked

I have attached output from mplayer -v from step 4 and 5.
If I reboot step 2 will work until step 3 messes it up again.
Feel free to ask for more logs.
Oh, it might be relevant that the tv-out gets enabled at 800x600 with:
Option "MetaModes" "1280x1024,NULL;800x600,800x600"
Attached Files
File Type: txt mplayer-out.txt (10.6 KB, 146 views)
File Type: txt mplayer-out-x11.txt (11.3 KB, 129 views)
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Old 04-28-06, 01:42 PM   #10
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mikaelk,
I'm confused about what differs between your steps 2 and 4, as they appear identical. Do you need to run step 3 in order for step 4 to fail, or is that unrelated? Can you clarify this?

Also, where did you obtain the mplayer build that you're using?

Thanks,
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Old 04-29-06, 04:20 AM   #11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by netllama
mikaelk,
I'm confused about what differs between your steps 2 and 4, as they appear identical.

Do you need to run step 3 in order for step 4 to fail, or is that unrelated? Can you clarify this?

Also, where did you obtain the mplayer build that you're using?

Thanks,
Lonni
Yes, step 2 and step 4 is identical. I need to run step 3 for step 4 to fail.
The mplayer I am using is the current in ubuntu dapper.
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Old 04-29-06, 10:20 AM   #12
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The -fixed-vo option is listed as being experimental, so its possible that this is an mplayer bug that you're hitting. Can you isolate which of the options in your step 3 is triggering the problem, or are all of them required to trigger the problem.

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