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Old 02-09-2011, 02:48 PM   #1
BigSteve
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HDTV not getting any resolution higher than 800x600 when used as a monitor?


Okay, so here is the deal I have been using Ubuntu for awhile as a network monitoring system and have now changed it to being my main system and was wondering why when my machine is hooked up to my HDTV via a VGA port on the back of VIZIO television, I am only getting a max resolution of 800x600? If anyone can help me with this problem it would be awesome.

Any additional information needed please include you terminal commands because I am still just so terrible with those.

Thank you for your time.
 
Old 02-09-2011, 03:28 PM   #2
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You need to post what video card you are using and what video driver. Linux comes with generic video drivers that may not handle HDTV resolution. You will likely need to install a proprietary ATI or Nvidia driver. On ubuntu, these can easily be installed: http://www.ehow.com/how_5104522_inst...rs-ubuntu.html

If you already have the correct video drivers installed, your TV may not be communicating to your computer with the correct capabilities it has. If this is the case, you will need to manually create a configuration file to set the correct output resolution. Try posting the specific TV model you have. For example, here is one working configuration file for a Vizio VX37L television: http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Vizio_VX37L

To use the one linked above, you would open gedit as root:

sudo gedit

Cut and paste the text and save it as: /etc/xorg.conf

Make sure you find one for your specific TV first.
 
Old 02-09-2011, 05:24 PM   #3
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Here is the output of the of the "lspci -v" command in the terminal.
Because I am not sure which one is needed because of the fact that I am a built-in VGA Controller that is built-in to the motherboard.
Also, the model of the TV is down at the bottom. If anyone could help find what I am looking for faster than I can that would be great, if not any additional help would be awesome.



00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. K8M890CE Host Bridge
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 8
Memory at f0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=128M]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: agpgart-amd64
Kernel modules: amd64-agp

00:00.1 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. K8M890CE Host Bridge
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0

00:00.2 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. K8M890CE Host Bridge
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0

00:00.3 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. K8M890CE Host Bridge
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0

00:00.4 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. K8M890CE Host Bridge
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0

00:00.5 PIC: VIA Technologies, Inc. K8M890CE I/O APIC Interrupt Controller (prog-if 20 [IO(X)-APIC])
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0

00:00.6 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. Device 6290
Subsystem: Device 0008:0000
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0

00:00.7 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. K8M890CE Host Bridge
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0

00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237 PCI bridge [K8T800/K8T890 South] (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 0
Bus: primary=00, secondary=01, subordinate=01, sec-latency=0
Memory behind bridge: fa000000-fbdfffff
Prefetchable memory behind bridge: d0000000-dfffffff
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel modules: shpchp

00:02.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. K8T890 PCI to PCI Bridge Controller (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
Bus: primary=00, secondary=02, subordinate=02, sec-latency=0
I/O behind bridge: 00001000-00001fff
Memory behind bridge: 50000000-501fffff
Prefetchable memory behind bridge: 0000000050200000-00000000503fffff
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: pcieport
Kernel modules: shpchp

00:03.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. K8T890 PCI to PCI Bridge Controller (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
Bus: primary=00, secondary=03, subordinate=03, sec-latency=0
I/O behind bridge: 00002000-00002fff
Memory behind bridge: 50400000-505fffff
Prefetchable memory behind bridge: 0000000050600000-00000000507fffff
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: pcieport
Kernel modules: shpchp

00:0f.0 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237A SATA 2-Port Controller (rev 80) (prog-if 8f [Master SecP SecO PriP PriO])
Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device 81b5
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 21
I/O ports at d800 [size=8]
I/O ports at d400 [size=4]
I/O ports at d000 [size=8]
I/O ports at c800 [size=4]
I/O ports at c400 [size=16]
I/O ports at c000 [size=256]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: sata_via
Kernel modules: sata_via

00:0f.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 07) (prog-if 8a [Master SecP PriP])
Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device 81b5
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 32
[virtual] Memory at 000001f0 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8]
[virtual] Memory at 000003f0 (type 3, non-prefetchable) [size=1]
[virtual] Memory at 00000170 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8]
[virtual] Memory at 00000370 (type 3, non-prefetchable) [size=1]
I/O ports at fc00 [size=16]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: pata_via
Kernel modules: pata_via

00:10.0 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev a0) (prog-if 00 [UHCI])
Subsystem: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 20
I/O ports at b800 [size=32]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd

00:10.1 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev a0) (prog-if 00 [UHCI])
Subsystem: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 22
I/O ports at b400 [size=32]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd

00:10.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev a0) (prog-if 00 [UHCI])
Subsystem: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 21
I/O ports at b000 [size=32]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd

00:10.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev a0) (prog-if 00 [UHCI])
Subsystem: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 23
I/O ports at a800 [size=32]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd

00:10.4 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0 (rev 86) (prog-if 20 [EHCI])
Subsystem: VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 21
Memory at f9fffc00 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd

00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237A PCI to ISA Bridge
Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device 81b5
Flags: medium devsel
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel modules: i2c-viapro

00:11.7 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8251 Ultra VLINK Controller
Subsystem: VIA Technologies, Inc. Device 337e
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 128
Capabilities: <access denied>

00:12.0 Ethernet controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6102 [Rhine-II] (rev 7c)
Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. A7V600-X Motherboard
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 23
I/O ports at a400 [size=256]
Memory at f9fff800 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: via-rhine
Kernel modules: via-rhine

00:13.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237A Host Bridge (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
Bus: primary=00, secondary=04, subordinate=04, sec-latency=0
Memory behind bridge: fbe00000-fbefffff
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel modules: shpchp

00:13.1 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237A PCI to PCI Bridge (prog-if 01 [Subtractive decode])
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
Bus: primary=00, secondary=05, subordinate=05, sec-latency=0
I/O behind bridge: 0000e000-0000efff
Memory behind bridge: fbf00000-fbffffff
Capabilities: <access denied>

00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
Flags: fast devsel
Capabilities: <access denied>

00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
Flags: fast devsel

00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
Flags: fast devsel

00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
Flags: fast devsel
Kernel driver in use: k8temp
Kernel modules: k8temp

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. K8M890CE/K8N890CE [Chrome 9] (rev 01) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device 81b5
Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 16
Memory at d0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
Memory at fa000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]
Expansion ROM at fbdf0000 [disabled] [size=64K]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel modules: viafb

04:01.0 Audio device: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT1708/A [Azalia HDAC] (VIA High Definition Audio Controller) (rev 10)
Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device 81e7
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 17
Memory at fbefc000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel
Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel

05:07.0 Ethernet controller: ADMtek NC100 Network Everywhere Fast Ethernet 10/100 (rev 11)
Subsystem: ADMtek Device 0574
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 17
I/O ports at e800 [size=256]
Memory at fbfffc00 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1K]
Expansion ROM at fbfc0000 [disabled] [size=128K]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: tulip
Kernel modules: tulip



TV model:VIZIO V0320E
 
Old 02-10-2011, 09:47 AM   #4
m_yates
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Your on board video card is Via Chrome 9. The video driver you need is openchrome: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/OpenChrome

Your TV has a native resolution of 1366x768: http://www.vizio.com/vo320e.html#techspecs

I would suggest installing xserver-xorg-video-openchrome, then see if you get the correct output resolution automatically.
 
Old 02-11-2011, 05:27 AM   #5
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All right I am trying a few things right now to see if I can get it working I'll post whether I get it working.

Last edited by BigSteve; 02-11-2011 at 05:46 AM.
 
Old 02-12-2011, 12:55 AM   #6
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Still didn't work i tried to install the packet that you suggested and it still didn't work. I also went to the documentation site that you posted and then followed there directions step by step and when i was prompted to restart my box my GUI crashed and was only left with the terminal prompt and had to revert back to the original drivers to be able to see GUI again. Man this is getting frustrating.
 
  


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