can a tv-out card replace a monitor with a tv?

can a tv-out card replace a monitor with a tv?

Post by ken » Wed, 05 Feb 2003 18:11:08

i have a linux server with no monitor, which lives behind my tv.
can i get a tv-out card that will display primary to the tv, so that i
don't even need a monitor? ie: get bios bootup, linux terminal and run X
windows off the tv.

if so, are there recommended cards that work well with linux?



1. nvidia geforce2 MX TV out won't display on monitor AND tv

I have an OEM Geforce II MX 64MB with TV out, not sure what brand, it
was supplied with my PC with no documentation.

I want to get TV out working, with same display as monitor. I think i
have suitable lines in my XF86Config file, and can get either TV or
monitor working, but not together.

in XF86Config-4:
    Option "TwinView"
    # be sure to replace the HorizSync and VertRefresh with correct
    # for your monitor!
    Option "SecondMonitorHorizSync"   "30-50"
    Option "SecondMonitorVertRefresh" "60"
        Option "MetaModes" "1024x768, 1024x768; 800x600,NULL;
    Option "ConnectedMonitor"         "CRT,TV"
    Option "TVStandard" "PAL-I"
    Option "TVOutFormat" "SVIDEO"
    Option "TwinViewOrientation"      "Clone"

but the driver seems unable to use 2 monitors; from XFree86.0.log:
(II) NVIDIA(0): Using ConnectedMonitor string "CRT,TV"
(--) NVIDIA(0): Detected TV Encoder: Brooktree 868
(WW) NVIDIA(0): 2 display devices connected, but only 1 supported;
(WW) NVIDIA(0):      adjusting...

thus it seems not to be able to do twinview, and i cannot switch
between monitor and tv by switching modes, as the metamode line should

TwinView with TV out works completely fine on Windows, allowing
1024x768 on the monitor cloned on the TV, so the card is clearly
capable of doing this. Is the NVidia driver to blame?
I'm using Mandrake 8.2, XF86 4.20, NVidia drivers 1.0-3123

any ideas?


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