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Old 10-12-2008, 01:46 PM   #1
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kde ,ati ,svideo and dvi to hdmi..... need some explanation/help

well i am going to explain from the begin
i have an old pc with a radeon 9600 pro which have s-video and dvi output
i installed slackware 12 , kde 3.5 and then the ati drivers using the slackware pkg.
as a monitor i use a hdtv
first when i start installing the dvi to hdmi (through an adapter) didnt work so i installed using s-video.After the ati drivers i was able to use
the hdtv through kde as a 2nd monitor (in options of the drives)
i left the pc on for about 2 days...(powering off the tv)
and now that i am back i cant use the 2nd desktop/terminal/machine( the dvi one )
and i have some progs and works left there..
i switched the tv to s-video but is totally like a differnt desktop and there are no apps running .
i cant switch back to the 2nd one . how can i access it or make the 2nd one 1st? or how can i use only the dvi one?
thx in advance
Old 10-13-2008, 07:58 AM   #2
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Ok so you use your hdtv as your main monitor, connected to your graphiccard with a dvi and a hdmi in the tv, right?!
Do your graphiccard have 2 DVI connector?
Do your hdtv have a dvi-connector?

I had a problem with my laptop. After I used a projector, the next bootup left me with a black screen after ati drivers started. The thing was that the drivers saw my main monitor as the second and the projector as the first.
What I had to do was that I booted into console mode and made the computer search for connected monitors. This solved my problem.

So I suggest if you connect only your hdtv and boot into console mode.
Now you only have one monitor connected and the computer should find it.

If you are open to new ideas I suggest you try opensuse 11. This distro has a nice function for detecting monitors from the console and is was this that solved the problem for me.
Old 10-15-2008, 06:55 AM   #3
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i just downloaded suse and i am going to try them later
(damn configuration and setup again)
my tv has a dvi
my card has one dvi
now about the console, it boots on console auto and then if i need to go to X i do so :P
but even then it still dont give output from dvi..>
during boot on memory check up (from bios) hdtv works fine but after that it goes blank(no signal)

btw what command u use for detecting monitors?

Last edited by ghost333; 10-15-2008 at 06:56 AM. Reason: ask command
Old 10-21-2008, 09:13 AM   #4
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To detect my monitor I just type in yast as root, then i select hardware and monitor. My computer seamed to work alittle and then it was finished.
Btw what is your resolution? Is the TV a 1920x1080??
Could be a resolution issue if your monitor/TV dosen't support the resolution the card gives out.


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