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Old 04-06-2003, 12:26 PM   #1
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TV-Out on an ATI Rage Fury Pro (Rage128)


I was just reading over this thread, and do not want to hijack it from twistedsoul, so I will start my own

So, I have an ATI Rage Fury Pro that has 32mb of video ram, tv out via either an svideo or composite cable, along with a composite in plug. I really don't care about the video in (although I'd assume that would be accomplished with v4l, I have a digital camcorder via firewire that works fine for video in), but would like to get the video out, to a tv, working. I'd like it to be both my monitor and tv working at the same time (I guess using 2 different things in the XF86Config file) but it just doesn't seem to want to.

Here's what I have done:

I plug in the cable to the tv, start the computer up (As I understand it, it's initializing the vesa driver on my card, otherwise it won't initialize without the cable plugged in), this works fine during bios post, but then when linux starts up (whether I use fb or not) the screen goes blank, and my monitor pops up with a complaint that the frequency is out of range. At this point the tv flickers and appears to want to display something, however it doesn't either. I can blindly login, and start mplayer to test a movie out:
mplayer -vo vesa movie.avi

And it does work, but then I cannot switch back to my console, and still cannot get anything to display either devices. A hard reboot using the reset button is required.

Anyway, if anyone is still reading this, do you have any suggestions, or have you had a good experience that you'd like to tell me about so I can give it a try

Thanks!

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Old 04-07-2003, 01:28 PM   #2
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Um, did I mention I use framebuffering...
 
Old 04-07-2003, 02:08 PM   #3
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>Anyway, if anyone is still reading this, do you have any suggestions

Until someone can offer specific help, you may wanna take a look at Gatos.
I know they supplied drivers that support multimedia features of ATI cards, although I never used them myself.
 
Old 04-07-2003, 08:49 PM   #4
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Thank you! It's something to go with for a while anyway

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Old 07-22-2003, 07:20 AM   #5
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I managed to get tv out working on knoppix (debian unstable using the rage 128 XF86 drivers that came with the distro, though i must say, not without pulling out what is left of the hair on top on my head, and a lot of mucking about.

I spent a lot of my wasted time trying different modelines with the ati driver, and trying to accelerate the generic vesa driver.

Instead i used a tool i previously abandoned that didnt work properly, a lot of you will have used/come across it, "atitvout".

ok enough of the babble...here's what i did.

firstly use the rage 128 driver that suits your card, and set the
resolution to 800x600 (set to 100Hz on my monitor, but may not work on yours, check your monitors accepted refresh rates)

I wanted to run oxine (set top box look frontend for xine) in X standalone, so i made a very simple shell script that starts x from a console, then runs "atitvout detect" then runs oxine in full screen mode.

heres the script. (excuse the shonkyness im not a scripter)

-------------------------------------------------------------

#!/bin/sh

/usr/X11R6/bin/startx /usr/sbin/atitvout detect;
/usr/local/bin/oxine -f;

#end of script

-------------------------------------------------------------

Ok so X starts then runs the atitvout detect option, which probes the VGA output and TV output, when the tv-out is probed it switches on the tv out, but corrupts the X display (showing stuff in black) but when you open a screen on top, the black goes away. and you will get a perfect picture on your tele.

Well, it works for me anyaway, give it a try
 
Old 07-22-2003, 09:50 AM   #6
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Just too add, you can substitute the last line in the script for
the fill path to your favourite window manager executable and so on.
 
Old 07-22-2003, 11:16 AM   #7
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Excellent! I will definitely be needing/using this fairly soon, this couldn't have come at a better time.

I'll be sure to give you any feedback on the whole thing after I give it a go later on this month/beginning of next.

Thank You!

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Old 07-23-2003, 07:28 AM   #8
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btw if you're wondering why i put everything in full paths, this is because i couldnt be bothered to set the paths, as is required when setting a startup item.
 
Old 08-04-2003, 07:56 AM   #9
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How to setup tv out in my Rage 128 Fury pro?
I need help urgent.
Thanks
I have installed XF86 4.3 and the cards with vga output working ok, but not work in tv out.
 
Old 08-04-2003, 12:12 PM   #10
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Quote:
Originally posted by ernesto00
How to setup tv out in my Rage 128 Fury pro?
I need help urgent.
Thanks
I have installed XF86 4.3 and the cards with vga output working ok, but not work in tv out.

Have you even read this thread??
 
Old 08-04-2003, 01:36 PM   #11
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I read this thread.
I have experience with NVIDIA's cards with tv out and I not problem with this cards.
But ,I need a example o explanation of XF86config for setup ATI RAGE 128 FURY PRO, I don`t setup this cards because when I start Xwindows in the monitor ,the frecuency sync monitor is incorrect and in tv , out black screen.

Last edited by ernesto00; 08-04-2003 at 01:49 PM.
 
Old 08-05-2003, 05:27 AM   #12
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ill post my sample XF86Config-4 when i get home, but its not guaranteed to work on your monitor.
 
Old 08-06-2003, 06:48 AM   #13
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Can you send me your XF86config-4 at nauthy@adinet.com.uy.
Thanks
 
Old 08-08-2003, 09:05 AM   #14
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PrImED, can you send your XF86config-4 with configration RAGE 128 Fury tvout at nauthy@adinet.com.uy?
 
Old 11-09-2003, 03:10 AM   #15
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Can you, guys, post your sample XF86Config file, please?
 
  


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