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Old 02-21-2014, 04:59 PM   #1
RafaelUmbelino
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Debian 7 and HDMI Output - How To Configure Default Behaviour


Hi folks

I'm using the latest Debian (installed just yesterday), full updated, Gnome 3 interface.
My notebook is a Lenovo G480 and I'm trying to use a Samsung TV 46" through HDMI output.

I'm having NO problems in it, just the behaviour of the whole thing is a bit of a work in progress.
First, I plug my notebook to my TV.
Next, I proceed to open Screen Settings and then I have to disable my notebook screen.
That way, I get my desktop being shown in the TV, 1920x1080, full featured with start menu and so on.
After that, I have to go to Pavucontrol and direct the audio output through the HDMI cable (so I can hear the movie sounding from the TV instead of the notebook speakers).
When I'm going to unplug the cable, I have to re-enable the notebook screen, re-direct the audio output to notebook speakers and then I can disconnect the cable.

That way I get everything working.
BUT that is just "messy".

On Windows I can just plug my HDMI cable and then my notebook screen goes off, I get my desktop showing on the TV and sound from the TV too.
Is it possible to configure my Debian in such a way that when I plug my HDMI cable, my desktop shows on the TV and the audio is directed to the HDMI output... and when I unplug the cable, it automatically re-enable the notebook screen and re-direct audio output to notebook speakers?

I'm not a complete new user to Linux, but I'm not used to such "user" configurations... I got too used to my Gentoo box I don't know how to tweak those things anymore.

Any help will be appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Rafael Umbelino
 
Old 02-21-2014, 07:44 PM   #2
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Go to "Systems Settings>>Displays" click on laptopsscreen select Off to disable the screen once you unplug tv it will automatically go back to laptop. There is a sound settings but not sure about it as I don't have hdmi connected.

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Old 02-21-2014, 08:13 PM   #3
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Go to "Systems Settings>>Displays" click on laptopsscreen select Off to disable the screen once you unplug tv it will automatically go back to laptop. There is a sound settings but not sure about it as I don't have hdmi connected.
Hi Eddy,

actually, the notebook screen doesn't come back after I unplug the HDMI cable. Already tested that.
Also, the sound setting is there, but I have to change it MANUALLY. I need a way to configure my Debian to do that AUTOMATICALLY.
I don't want to, everytime I'm going to watch a movie on my TV, do:

plug cable
disable notebook screen
switch audio to TV
watch the movie
re-enable notebook screen
re-switch audio to notebook
unplug cable

And I mainly don't want to go through all this because in Windows I simple plug the cable, watch the movie, unplug the cable.
I'm aiming on something very easy to use, as it already is with my Windows box.
Instead that on Windows I don't watch movies, I play games, but that really doesn't matter. :P
 
  


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