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Old 07-10-06, 07:10 PM   #1
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Default How To: TwinView: FullScreen Video Overlay

Default TV-Out working, but a few issues

I feel obliged to append the fact that I'm new to Linux/Ubuntu
and might need a bit more explanation on some command line functions.

I've got a GeForce2 Go on an Inspiron8200. I've got the TV output working, but not that way I want it.

First, I'm not sure if I've got the nvidia legacy drivers installed properly. When I ran the .run package I got a message saying couldn't find "ld" in package "binutils". However, I see the Nvidia splash screen and TV-out is working, so, I'm not sure if it's properly installed. Is there anyway I can find out?

Second, when my TV-out works, my login screen is at the same resolution as the TV, but when I login, my monitor jumps to the proper resolution (1400x1050). The TV, on the otherhand only shows the top right hand corner of the DFP screen.

Is there anyway I can enable "panning" so that I can view the entire contents of my DFP monitor by moving the mouse and the TV display follows my mouse?

Also, right now, the way it works is that if I open additional applications in the same screen space as my video, it overlays itself, and I can't see the video. Is there anyway I can force the video output to play at full screen on the TV, while allowing me to use my entire desktop space on the DFP display?

I've attached the relevant parts (I think) of my xorg.conf and xorg.0.log files.

One thing that might be odd, are my metamodes settings. The order seems to be DFP-0, TV-0 in the xorg.0.log file, but it seems like I have to set my metamodes resolution opposite (TV-0 resolution, DFP-0 resolution). If I do the opposite "1400x1050,640x480" I don't get any output on the TV.

Any assistant, suggestions are truly appreciated. Really looking forward to getting this setup up and running smoothly. The log file is attached. The xorg.conf section is below.

Section "Device"
Identifier "NVIDIA Corporation NV11 [GeForce2 Go]"
Option "NoLogo" "True"
Driver "nvidia"
BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
Option "TwinView"
#Option "ConnectedMonitor" "DFP-0,TV-0"
Option "MetaModes" "640x480,1400x1050"
Option "HorizSync" "DFP-0:28-70; TV-0:31.5-48.4"
Option "VertRefresh" "DFP-0:43-60; TV-0:60-60.3"
Option "TwinViewOrientation" "Clone"
Option "TVStandard" "NTSC-M"
Option "TVOutFormat" "Composite"

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Old 07-11-06, 02:41 AM   #2
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Default Re: How To: TwinView: FullScreen Video Overlay

You can get the panning by using 640x480@1400x1050 instead of 640x480. In case of the twinview mode you are using there's no way to get a movie to display in fullscreen on your TV.

If you want that you need to use a twinview mode other than clone. Then launch a media player like totem, xine or whatever and move it to the TV. When you press fullscreen it can 'sense' what the resolution of your TV is and it will be shown in fullscreen.
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Old 07-11-06, 09:58 AM   #3
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Default Re: How To: TwinView: FullScreen Video Overlay

Thanks for the solution - I'll give it a shot!

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