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Old 04-10-2005, 10:39 PM   #1
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S-Video port and KDE

Hi all,

There is actually a post similar to this one, but I had a hard time following it, as I am still a Linux newbie, plus my setup is slightly different.

I have a Radeon 32MB PCI Graphics card with an S-Video port. I have an S-video cable (with a converter in the middle to convert it to an RCA end, not sure if this makes a difference) to a regular 27' TV.

Well, I see the BIOS splash screen come up, then I see Linux start to boot, then another splash screen (Red Hat 9) comes up, and I hit enter to load the Kernel, more text, then it trys to load KDE.

Well, I see the desktop fine on my regular monitor, but my TV just goes black. I'm pretty sure it has something to do with my KDE settings, as I could see everything up until that point. However, maybe it's a "refresh rate" or "frequency" problem, im not entirly sure. I'm not trying to span the screen accross 2 monitors, I just want to view it through my television.

If you could help me I'd greatly appriciate it, but you may have to dumb it down for me if it involves config files, as I am still in the early stages of my education of Linux.

Thanks so much, oh, and I'm using Red Hat 9.

Old 04-11-2005, 04:37 AM   #2
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To get TV-out to work, you need to get a proper driver (generic drivers normally can't use TV-out).
Then you need to edit /etc/X11/XF86config-4 (not sure of the exact name in RH9)
Look here to see if there is a driver for your card:
ATI Linux driver
I know there is an app for Nvidia "nvtv" that enables TV-out, maybe there's something similar for ATI-cards?
Old 04-11-2005, 07:30 AM   #3
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Very cool, thanks man.

I'll give it a shot and search the forum for info on how to update the config file and I'll let you know how it works.

Thanks again

Old 04-12-2005, 08:12 PM   #4
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Ok, I *think* I have the right driver, but now what would I put int my XFree86 config file?

I'm assuming I would have to edit the "Monitor" part. Here's mine:

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
ModelName "Gateway VX700A"
DisplaySize 310 230
HorizSync 30.0 - 86.0
VertRefresh 50.0 - 130.0
Option "dpms"

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "radeon"
VendorName "Videocard vendor"
BoardName "ATI Radeon 7200"

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Videocard0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Depth 16
Modes "800x600" "640x480"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"

Anyway, thanks again for your help as always. Man, I can't wait until I'm not a newbie anymore...



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