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Old 06-11-2004, 10:48 PM   #1
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Talking NVidia TV-Out Twinview Working


I just got this working finally and I am so proud of myself LOL and thought I'd post what I did in hopes it might help someone. I know from searching around that a lot of people are having trouble with this. I use Mandrake 10 and a GF4Ti4200 64 meg card if that matters. Anyway here is what my Device section looks like in my XF86Config-4.

Section "Device"
Identifier "device1"
VendorName "NVidia"
BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce4 (generic)"
Driver "nvidia"
Option "DPMS"
Option "TwinView"
Option "SecondMonitorHorizSync" "30-50"
Option "SecondMonitorVertRefresh" "60"
Option "TwinViewOrientation" "Clone"
Option "MetaModes" "800x600,800x600"
EndSection
 
Old 06-14-2004, 08:59 AM   #2
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What are you outputting to? a TV? what kind of TV and what kind of cable? composite(AV/RCA) or Svideo)? I am having problems under fedora getting this to work. I can output but everything is all screwy, the TV is all garbled like watching an old VHS tape with the tracking all messed up.
 
Old 06-14-2004, 09:37 AM   #3
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Sorry I should have given more details. My tv is a very old (20+ years) RCA XL100 20" tv which doesn't have any inputs except one that can accept cable tv. I live in Canada so the tv is NTSC. The video card has S-Video output, then I have to use an S-Video-to-composite adaptor, then the cables are plugged into my Yamaha home theater. Then I have to send the video through my vcr then finally to my tv where I can finally watch a movie. The tv is in another room so I have 24 feet of audio cable and 24 feet of video cable. The guys at the video shop are stunned that this even works. They said using cables that long would result in very bad loss of quality, but it actually works very well, sure there is a little loss of quality, for me it is acceptable. Isn't old technology great

Anyways, when I first tried doing this I had no problems getting the picture on the tv. The problem was that my monitor would just be a blank screen. I'm quite new to linux so then I had to reboot to Windows so I could research how to boot to a command line in linux then use Vi to edit my config file so I could get X working on the monitor again. I'm not sure how I got it to work, I kept at it until somehow I got the cloned video that I wanted. I'm trying to get out of Windows and use linux for as much as possible, so every small task I can accomplish makes me happy.

It was something that bugged me, because it's something that can be done very easily in Windows, and I knew it could be done in linux, so I wouldn't be happy until I got it working.

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Old 06-14-2004, 09:41 AM   #4
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I forgot to add that I also used the application "nvtv" and had no luck with it. I could get the video to clone, but the video on the tv was all messed up and flickering badly. I saw where to adjust settings for the tv but had no idea what to change.
 
Old 06-15-2004, 06:40 AM   #5
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Thanks for the info, I am having troubles getting this to work on my setup, I have a GF4MX440, a GF2MX, and an ATI Rage Mobility, I can get all three working in windows with no problems. I can get all three to diplay something to the TV, but it is all scrambled up(sorta looks like an old VCR with the tracking messed up). Very frustrating so far. I have not tried it in mandrake yet I am still downloading the iso's I am using fedora with no luck.
 
Old 06-16-2004, 08:31 PM   #6
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bHey Bluenoser do you think you could give me a rundown on how you got the nvidia driver installed, also are you running mandrake 10? I am running into the typical problems with the nvidia drivers.
 
Old 06-17-2004, 12:33 AM   #7
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Ok I will try to remember how I did it. I had found instructions on a site (somewhere lol) but I can't find it now. I am using Mandrake 10 also.

open a console and su to root
telinit 3
sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-1.0-5336-pkg1.run
telinit 5
edit /etc/XF86Config-4 there is a line that says driver nv, change the nv to nvidia
ctrl-alt-backspace

You will need to install the kernel headers if this happens when trying to install:
I accept the licence. Am told that no precompiled kernel interface found. No matching precomplied kernel interface found on NVIDIA ftp site. Installer tries to compile a kernel interface but fails with the error -

Unable to determine the NVIDIA kernel module filename

Install the headers that match your kernel, type this at a console to get your kernel info: uname -r

Hope this helps
 
Old 06-17-2004, 06:59 AM   #8
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Yah I am getting stuck on the kernel header thing, How do I find kernel headers that match my kernel? The kernel I have is 2.4.25-2mdk

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Old 06-17-2004, 08:31 AM   #9
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I was going to show you how to find it in the package manager but it doesn't appear to be on the cd's, I thought that was odd, however you can download the rpm. I hope you have broadband because it's 43 megs.

ftp://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/Linux/d...-2mdk.i586.rpm
 
Old 06-17-2004, 06:10 PM   #10
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I am downloading the rpm now, gonna be a while, only downloading at about 30k.
 
Old 06-17-2004, 11:24 PM   #11
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Well I got TvOut to work with my new Ati 9200se agp 128 meg card. I am very happy although I think GL is messed up as when I tried to run tuxracer X crashed and I got hurfed out to the command line. I'l post another thread aout this tomorow unless I fix it myself. Thanks so much for all of your help.
 
Old 06-17-2004, 11:47 PM   #12
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Quote:
Originally posted by jedimastermopar
bHey Bluenoser do you think you could give me a rundown on how you got the nvidia driver installed, also are you running mandrake 10? I am running into the typical problems with the nvidia drivers.

This may be of help: Installing new accelerated Nvidia Linux Drivers in 5 EASY Steps
 
  


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