LinuxQuestions.org
Help answer threads with 0 replies.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware
User Name
Password
Linux - Hardware This forum is for Hardware issues.
Having trouble installing a piece of hardware? Want to know if that peripheral is compatible with Linux?

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 12-09-2007, 11:34 PM   #1
StargateSteve
Member
 
Registered: Dec 2006
Location: UNM
Distribution: Debian Lenny
Posts: 107

Rep: Reputation: 15
WTF does HDCP mean for me?


I'm trying to dump my old geForce 6600 of one of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150250

A XFX GeForce 8600GTS with 512 MB GDDR3 ram. My question is about the whole "HDCP ready" thing. I'm aware that HDCP is a DRM pushed by MS, intended to encrypt the connection between the monitor and the video card, but how does it work? More specifically, do I need to worry about it?

Obviously, I will be using DVI, for a dual monitor setup. Both monitors are basic Samsung 1280x1024, no HDMI, pretty simple. I plan to use the binary nVidia drivers. I just want to know If I will have any problems playing DVDs, and a basic explanation of how HDCP works.

And yes, I would rather get a card without HDCP, but it's hard to find those these days.
 
Old 12-09-2007, 11:59 PM   #2
elliott678
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2005
Location: North Carolina
Distribution: Arch
Posts: 977

Rep: Reputation: 73
I have an HDCP capable monitor(HP w2207) and video card(eVga 7600GT) using the latest Nvidia binary drivers, connected by DVI, I don't notice anything.

Last edited by elliott678; 12-10-2007 at 12:01 AM.
 
Old 12-10-2007, 09:41 AM   #3
StargateSteve
Member
 
Registered: Dec 2006
Location: UNM
Distribution: Debian Lenny
Posts: 107

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
well, the issue for me is that my monitors aren't HDCP-capable. from what I can tell, this should work fine for me, just want confirmation.
 
Old 12-10-2007, 11:30 PM   #4
osor
HCL Maintainer
 
Registered: Jan 2006
Distribution: (H)LFS, Gentoo
Posts: 2,450

Rep: Reputation: 76
Quote:
Originally Posted by StargateSteve View Post
from what I can tell, this should work fine for me, just want confirmation.
Well, it should work fine for the most part. HDCP is supposed to reduce the quality of a digital signal to less-than high definition if the “source” requests that it be done. I don’t see any normal, everyday tasks (e.g., using an X server) doing such things. The only potential such request might come from Blu-ray or HD-DVD media with the “ICT flag” turned on (most current releases have this flag turned off). In 2012, Hollywood Blu-ray/HD-DVD releases could potentially enable the “ICT” flag on all their releases, which means that theoretically, you won’t be able to output high-definition video to your non-HDCP monitor. Of course this is very unsolid territory, and it is not certain what sort of technologies would be in effect.
 
Old 12-11-2007, 08:44 AM   #5
StargateSteve
Member
 
Registered: Dec 2006
Location: UNM
Distribution: Debian Lenny
Posts: 107

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
Alright, thanks. I don't foresee an X server doing anything like that, either, but I'm much less familiar with the hardware side of things than I should be. Thanks for the explanation.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
HDCP monitors in Linux Sargek Linux - Hardware 4 08-10-2007 12:47 PM
Wtf? raafaell SUSE / openSUSE 7 01-28-2007 12:43 AM
HDCP implementation in linux Garda General 2 09-19-2005 06:07 AM
hdcp in linux vs windows salahuddin_66 Linux - Networking 2 03-30-2005 11:43 AM
Wtf?!?!?!?!?!?! the13th_ox Linux - Software 3 11-24-2003 03:21 PM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:50 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration