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Old 02-20-2005, 11:20 AM   #1
doctorwebbox
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Black and White tvout nvidia FX5200


I have been trying to set up a new graphics card in a new machine. It's always been a pain in the arse and I'm stuck again. My graphics card is an nvidia FX5200, and I running Debian GNU/Linux, kernel 2.6.8-2-686.

I have eventually got TV out working as it did on my previous machine but the TV output is black and white. I have found post by people having similar problems but haven't found any solutions that work for me.

Can anyone help?
 
Old 02-20-2005, 04:14 PM   #2
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Is your TV tuned in to the card's output properly?

My TV goes black-and-white when it's not tuned.
 
Old 02-20-2005, 07:16 PM   #3
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Yep - it's connected through scart. I have tried different cables and connectors. No difference.

This is my XF86Config-4 file:

# XF86Config-4 (XFree86 X Window System server configuration file)
#
# This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
# values from the debconf database.
#
# Edit this file with caution, and see the XF86Config-4 manual page.
# (Type "man XF86Config-4" at the shell prompt.)
#
# This file is automatically updated on xserver-xfree86 package upgrades *only*
# if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xfree86
# package.
#
# If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
# again, run the following commands as root:
#
# cp /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 /etc/X11/XF86Config-4.custom
# md5sum /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 >/var/lib/xfree86/XF86Config-4.md5sum
# dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86

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"
Load "v4l"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Generic Keyboard"
Driver "keyboard"
Option "CoreKeyboard"
Option "XkbRules" "xfree86"
Option "XkbModel" "pc104"
Option "XkbLayout" "gb"
EndSection

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

Section "Device"
Identifier "NVIDIA Corporation NV34 [GeForce FX 5200]"
Driver "nvidia"
# Option "TVStandard" "PAL-I"
# Option "NvAGP" "3"
# Option "DigitalVibrance" "0"
# Option "TransparentIndex" "0"
# Option "CursorShadowAlpha" "64"
# Option "CursorShadowXOffse" "4"
# Option "CursorShadowYOffset" "2"
Option "Twinview" "TRUE"
Option "TwinViewOrientation" "Clone"
Option "SecondMonitorHorizSync" "30-70"
Option "SecondMonitorVertRefresh" "50-120"
Option "MetaModes" "1024x768 , 1024x768"
Option "ConnectedMonitor" "CRT , TV"
# Option "TVOutFormat" "AUTO"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Generic Monitor"
HorizSync 30-60
VertRefresh 50-75
Option "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Device "NVIDIA Corporation NV34 [GeForce FX 5200]"
Monitor "Generic Monitor"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Depth 1
Modes "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 4
Modes "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 8
Modes "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 15
Modes "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1024x768"
EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Default Layout"
Screen "Default Screen"
InputDevice "Generic Keyboard"
InputDevice "Configured Mouse"
InputDevice "Generic Mouse"
EndSection

Section "DRI"
Mode 0666
EndSection
 
Old 02-20-2005, 11:57 PM   #4
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fx5200 tv-out black and white

I went through some hell trying to solve this one but it was actually very simple once I took some time and just made changes one at a time i.e. options was a big thing. try and copy my xorg.conf and see if it helps.

# Xorg configuration created by system-config-display

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "single head configuration"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection

Section "Files"

# RgbPath is the location of the RGB database. Note, this is the name of the
# file minus the extension (like ".txt" or ".db"). There is normally
# no need to change the default.
# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, Red Hat 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
# the X server to render fonts.
RgbPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
FontPath "unix/:7100"
EndSection

Section "Module"
Load "dbe"
Load "extmod"
Load "fbdevhw"
Load "glx"
Load "record"
Load "freetype"
Load "type1"


EndSection

Section "InputDevice"

# Specify which keyboard LEDs can be user-controlled (eg, with xset(1))
# Option "Xleds" "1 2 3"
# To disable the XKEYBOARD extension, uncomment XkbDisable.
# Option "XkbDisable"
# To customise the XKB settings to suit your keyboard, modify the
# lines below (which are the defaults). For example, for a non-U.S.
# keyboard, you will probably want to use:
# Option "XkbModel" "pc102"
# If you have a US Microsoft Natural keyboard, you can use:
# Option "XkbModel" "microsoft"
#
# Then to change the language, change the Layout setting.
# For example, a german layout can be obtained with:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# or:
# Option "XkbLayout" "de"
# Option "XkbVariant" "nodeadkeys"
#
# If you'd like to switch the positions of your capslock and
# control keys, use:
# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:swapcaps"
# Or if you just want both to be control, use:
# Option "XkbOptions" "ctrl:nocaps"
#
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "kbd"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
ModelName "IBM P70"
HorizSync 29.0 - 82.0
VertRefresh 50.0 - 120.0
Option "dpms"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "nvidia"
VendorName "Videocard vendor"
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce FX (generic)"
Option "TwinView"
Option "SecondMonitorHorizSync" "30-50"
Option "SecondMonitorVertRefresh" "60"
Option "MetaModes" "1024x768, 1024x768; 800x600, 800x600; 640x480, 640x480;"
Option "TVStandard" "NTSC-M"
Option "TVOutFormat" "SVIDEO"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Videocard0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 16
Modes "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 24
Modes "640x480"
EndSubSection
SubSection "Display"
Viewport 0 0
Depth 8
Modes "640x480"
EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "DRI"
Group 0
Mode 0666
EndSection

Now keep in mind IF your tv-out is connected by just plain old r/c plugs use "TVOutFormat" "COMPOSITE" mine is "SVIDEO'. My card had to at least be "SecondMonitorVertRefresh" "60" or TV-out would not work at all!

I did not try any other higher settings, lower settings killed my tv-out all together. I think the key to figuring out your xorg.config is changing only one setting at a time and checking to see the results. I was reading six or seven peoples xorg.configs and trying to get it all to work at once and just confused myself worse. Carefully examine my xorg.config and copy what you feel matches your video card (fx5200) or other nvidia. Keep in mind the tv-out will never be good enough for web browsing, however in is great for the Terminal if you make the fonts huge or watching movies on xine,mplayer,etc.

Good luck

Trentonknight
 
  


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