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Old 12-02-2004, 06:08 AM   #1
Rikular
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TV-out problem & DivX advice please!


Hi.

Just in the process of switching my network over from windoze to linux having recently sen the light. 2 Questions:

1.One of my computers just uses a TV as a monitor. It's running an NVIDIA GeForce4 MMX 440-SE which I managed to configure no problems using the excellent NVIDIA guide. My only problem is that the image isn't quite centered, it's very slightly down and to the right so I just miss these extremities. I wondered if there was anything I could tweak in the XF86Config-4 to amend this?

2. What is the best software to use for DivX, avi and MPEG playback in terms of codecs, smooth playback etc?

Cheers
 
Old 12-02-2004, 01:05 PM   #2
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1) ? ( adjusting the TV is not an option ?)

2) i think you need " xine" or " mplayer " ; they can play anything.

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Old 12-02-2004, 01:18 PM   #3
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Re: TV-out problem & DivX advice please!

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Originally posted by Rikular
Hi.

Just in the process of switching my network over from windoze to linux having recently sen the light. 2 Questions:

1.One of my computers just uses a TV as a monitor. It's running an NVIDIA GeForce4 MMX 440-SE which I managed to configure no problems using the excellent NVIDIA guide. My only problem is that the image isn't quite centered, it's very slightly down and to the right so I just miss these extremities. I wondered if there was anything I could tweak in the XF86Config-4 to amend this?
Absolutely, I too use a TV as a monitor and had somewhat of the same problem. You can actually give X/Y coordinates to place the screen. (I have the same card too ). Here's an example:
MetaMode 1024x768+1+0

To adjust up and down/left and right. The above should move your screen 1 (pixel?) to the right, so you would want to try something like:
MetaMode 1024x768-2+2

To move it left 2 and up 2, to see if there is any change. You can also try overlay values, see if anything works when adjusting those. Checkout the README appendix I (IIRC) for more info on tweaking TwinView (In 'Clone' mode), which is hopefully what you are using as it's the best solution I've found for TV Out working properly.

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2. What is the best software to use for DivX, avi and MPEG playback in terms of codecs, smooth playback etc?

Cheers
Yes, as noted, by far mplayer is the 'best' but not quite the 'user friendliest'. However, if you have a grip on any command line operations that is certainly the way to go, you also have the option of starting it into it's gui mode 'gmplayer' and being able to take advantage of many of the features it offers.

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Old 12-02-2004, 01:30 PM   #4
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With Xandros, you can install Mplayer very easily through APT. Just add the following line (as root) to the file /etc/apt/sources.list:
Quote:
# Marillat's Non-free Multimedia stuff
deb ftp://ftp.nerim.net/debian-marillat/ unstable main
Then do (as root):
Code:
apt-get update
apt-get install mplayer-686
Assuming you have an Intel processor (you can install mplayer-k7 if you use an Athlon AMD processor). Take note of the recommended packages as well, you may want to install windows codecs, mplayer fonts, and other stuff. You can also install "mencoder-686" to encode your own divx files. The command to start mplayer is just "mplayer <filename>" To start with a graphical user interface, it is "gmplayer" Take a look at www.mplayerhq.hu for documentation, or read "man mplayer".
 
  


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