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Old 09-25-2008, 07:19 PM   #1
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Connecting Laptop to TV via S-Video cable

I connected my laptop to my tv with the S-Video cable, then entered <xrandr>, which displayed TV CONNECTED. How come I am still looking at my laptop screen?? I also did a <xrandr --output TV --auto>. Someone here must be connecting their laptop to a are you doing it? Intel 965GM video card. Dell Vostro 1500. Thanks

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Old 09-25-2008, 08:06 PM   #2
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My notebook computer uses a nVidia GeForce8 8400M GS, so it is easy for me to output to a TV or a secondary display. The utility nvidia-settings provides a quick way to output to a TV or secondary display with out editing /etc/X11/xorg.conf. My /etc/X11/xorg.conf has two profiles that use for different setups. One for home and other for mobile use, so it is complicated.

It seems to me you are using an Intel or ATI graphics which will give you problems. Utility xrandr may have to be run as root.

How come I am still looking at my laptop screen??
Maybe you only have two eyes, so you need four eyes. ::p

Have not oil the neck in order to turn it to see the TV.

Seriously, you may not be on the correct input for the TV.

From the information that you gave. Your question will not be answer effectively.
Old 09-25-2008, 08:15 PM   #3
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LOL....your funny.

You must think your dealing with an idiot. Boy are you wrong. OBVIOUSLY I have my s-video connected to the Video-2 (s-video) input on my tv, and it was set for video-2 (s-video) on my Plasma. Said NO SIGNAL!


Section "Monitor"
DisplaySize 331 207
HorizSync 30-62
Identifier "Monitor[0]"
ModelName "CP041 LCD MONITOR"
Option "DPMS"
Option "PreferredMode" "1280x800"
VendorName "SEC"
VertRefresh 43-60
UseModes "Modes[0]"

Section "Modes"
Identifier "Modes[0]"

Section "Screen"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Depth 15
Modes "1280x800" "1280x768" "1280x720" "1024x768" "1280x600" "1024x600" "800x600" "768x576" "640x480"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "1280x800" "1280x768" "1280x720" "1024x768" "1280x600" "1024x600" "800x600" "768x576" "640x480"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1280x800" "1280x768" "1280x720" "1024x768" "1280x600" "1024x600" "800x600" "768x576" "640x480"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 8
Modes "1280x800" "1280x768" "1280x720" "1024x768" "1280x600" "1024x600" "800x600" "768x576" "640x480"
Device "Device[0]"
Identifier "Screen[0]"
Monitor "Monitor[0]"

Section "Device"
BoardName "965 GM"
BusID "0:2:0"
Driver "intel"
Identifier "Device[0]"
Option "SaXDualHead"
Option "XAANoOffscreenPixmaps" "true"
Option "monitor-LVDS" "Monitor[0]"
Option "SaXDualMonitorVendor" "--> VESA"
Option "SaXDualOrientation" "LeftOf"
Option "SaXDualResolution" "1024x768"
Option "SaXDualMode" "Clone"
Option "SaXDualHSync" "31-50"
Option "SaXDualMonitorModel" "1024X768@60HZ"
Option "SaXDualVSync" "50-60"
Option "SaXExternal" "Identifier&EXT+DisplaySize&+VendorName&--> VESA+PreferredMode&1024x768+HorizSync&31-50+ModelName&1024X768@60HZ+VertRefresh&50-60"
Screen 0
VendorName "Intel"

Section "Monitor"
HorizSync 31-50
Identifier "EXT"
ModelName "1024X768@60HZ"
Option "PreferredMode" "1024x768"
VendorName "--> VESA"
VertRefresh 50-60

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Layout[all]"
InputDevice "Keyboard[0]" "CoreKeyboard"
InputDevice "Mouse[1]" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Mouse[3]" "SendCoreEvents"
Option "Clone" "off"
Option "Xinerama" "off"
Screen "Screen[0]"

Section "DRI"
Group "video"
Mode 0660

Section "Extensions"

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Old 09-26-2008, 06:04 PM   #4
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SUSE is proprietary, so using Linux ways may not or will not work for your setup. You can try do the steps on the following page.

The following is more in depth that may screw up sax2 or similar SUSE proprietary utilities.

I recommend buy a notebook computer that comes with a nVidia graphics because using xrandr and fooling around with it will not be reliable for each setup. A GeForce8 8400M GS or GeForce9 9300 is what I recommend for notebooks.

Good luck
Old 09-27-2008, 06:47 AM   #5
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i am to having a problem with connecting my laptop to tv. im using s-video cable that is connected to a scart convertor which is connected to the tv. my graphics card is ati radeon x1250. i am getting picture but it is black and white, any ideas how to get color? i tried fiddling around a bit, but no luck.

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