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Old 03-24-2006, 08:29 PM   #1
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Is there a way to use S-VIDEO out without changing xorg?

I would like to send video out to my TV but having to modify xorg was a disaster. I have seen these boxes that allow you to do that. Would I still have to modify xorg to use one of those boxes?
Old 03-25-2006, 03:41 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by M$ISBS
Is there a way to use S-VIDEO out without changing xorg?

If you don't want to mess with your original "/etc/X11/xorg.conf" file, you could make a second one.

First make sure you backup your original (as root):
#cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.monitor

Next create one for your TV.
Basically you only need to replace the Device section like this:

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "nvidia"
VendorName "Videocard vendor"
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce FX (generic)"
Option "TwinView" "true"
Option "TVStandard" "PAL-B" #(PAL-B is what we use use in Belgium, replace this with whatever you use)
Option "TVOutFormat" "SVIDEO"
Option "SecondMonitorHorizSync" "30-50"
Option "SecondMonitorVertRefresh" "60"
Option "TwinViewOrientation" "CLONE"
Option "ConnectedMonitor" "TV"
Option "MetaModes" "1024x768,1024x768;800x600,800x600;640x480,640x480"

Back it up as well.
cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.TV

Next use whatever you need.

cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf.monitor /etc/X11/xorg.conf

cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf.TV /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Last edited by jens; 03-25-2006 at 03:42 AM.
Old 03-25-2006, 08:56 PM   #3
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Thats similar to what I tried and I screwed things up, but that looks like theres more to it than what I did. I will give that a try, Thank you.


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