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Old 09-16-2003, 10:11 PM   #1
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s-video out used to work...


When I had XP installed I could watch DVD's on my tv by toggling the s-video key on my laptop (function + F11 in my case). After installing Mandrake 9.1 I've lost this feature. I have checked the bios and I know my card is capable of it since I've done it in the past so what am I missing? I'm guessing it's somewhere in the XF86Config4 file, but no clue what to edit/add. I did try adding these options with no effect (to the end of the Screen Section):

Options "TVStandard" "NTSC-M"
Options "TVOutFormat" "SVIDEO"

saw those additions from another post and thought it'd do the trick but no dice...

thanks in advance
Old 09-17-2003, 12:15 AM   #2
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It takes more than 2 options to enable tv out, especially since your FN-F11 isnt going to turn on the card anymore.

Course, most of the commands are based on what kind of video card you have. What driver your using. As some cards have their own commands built in, and some just use the ones x has...

Option "TwinView"
Option "SecondMonitorHorizSync" "30-50"
Option "SecondMonitorVertRefresh" "60"
Option "MetaModes" "800x600, 800x600; 640x480, 640x480;"
Option "TVStandard" "NTSC-M"

That will do it for most nvidia cards.
You may need a line about video out format svideo. But I'm not sure. you could try things first and see what happens.

After you put these lines in your X-config. Just try logging out of x and back in, this should boot up a tv out just fine.
Old 09-17-2003, 09:06 AM   #3
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Cool, will mess around with it when I get the chance.. but here's the video specs taken straight from the tech specs

ATI® Mobility™ Radeon™ graphics controller
8MB integrated video RAM for 3D acceleration and true color support
Simultaneous support for external monitor and internal display
Multi screen display support for graphic editing or presentation

the driver listed in XF86Config4 is "ati" and linux recongnizes the mobility card. so i'm assuming i do need to add more lines to the screen module to allow for tv out. i'll try the lines you posted, but doubt they'll work since they're for nvidia... will continue to search for ati options. thanks


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