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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2005 12:41 pm    Post subject: NVIDIA TV Out the Easy Way [HOWTO] Reply with quote

If you're like me, the only time you use TV out is to watch some video that you've downloaded off the web on your television. I never could get my NVIDIA TwinView to work correctly, but I think that this method is better for watching movies anyway. I can right click on any movie file, and there is now an option under "actions" in my KDE menu to "View on TV" (adapted from http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=13948 and http://www.iofcea.de/cgi-bin/seite.pl?file=linuxtvout). This way uses KDE servicemenus, but there's probably an equivelant for Gnome, etc.

The way this is set up, the movie opens on the television, and my laptop screen turns off while the movie is playing. Once the movie is done or you hit escape, the tv picture turns off and your laptop display is back to normal. The tricky part for me was setting up my xorg.conf to enable this.

Here are the relevant snippets from my xorg.conf. You may have to change some resolution sizes based on your TV. Also, I have an NVIDIA graphics card, so the options are probably different on other cards:
Code:

-----------------snip------------------

######## X Server ########

Section "ServerLayout"
   Identifier   "Default Layout"
   Screen   0   "Screen0" 0 0
   InputDevice   "Alps" "CorePointer"
   InputDevice   "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection

Section "ServerFlags"
   Option      "Xinerama"   "false"
EndSection

----------------snip-------------------

######## Monitors ##########

  #### LAPTOP LCD ####
Section "Monitor"
   Identifier   "Monitor0"
   VendorName   "Monitor Vendor"
   ModelName   "Dell 1600x1200 Laptop Display Panel"
   HorizSync   31.5 - 90.0
   VertRefresh   59.0 - 85.0
   Option      "dpms"
EndSection

  #### TV SCREEN ####
Section "Monitor"
        Identifier      "TV-monitor"
        VendorName      "Sony"
        ModelName       "Television"
        Option       "ConnectedMonitor" "TV"
        HorizSync       30-50
        VertRefresh     60
   Option      "dpms"
EndSection


######### Graphics Cards ############

  #### NVIDIA DEFAULT ####
Section "Device"
   Identifier   "Videocard0"
   Driver      "nvidia"
   VendorName   "Monitor Vendor"
   BoardName   "nVidia GeForce 2 Go"
   VideoRam   32768
   Option      "NoLogo" "true"
   Option      "NvAGP"   "2"
    Option       "RenderAccel" "On"
        Option          "AllowGLXWithComposite" "true"
EndSection

  #### TV-OUT ####
Section "Device"
        Identifier      "TV-device"
        Driver          "nvidia"
        VendorName      "Monitor Vendor"
        BoardName       "nVidia GeForce 2 Go"
        VideoRam        32768
        Option          "NoLogo" "true"
        Option          "NvAGP" "2"
        Option          "RenderAccel" "On"
        Option          "AllowGLXWithComposite" "true"
        Screen          0
          Option          "TVStandard" "NTSC-M"
   Option      "TVOutFormat" "COMPOSITE"    # (or "SVIDEO" if that's what you're using)
   Option      "ConnectedMonitor" "TV"
EndSection


####### Screens #########

  #### LAPTOP LCD ####
Section "Screen"
       Identifier   "Screen0"
       Device      "Videocard0"
       Monitor      "Monitor0"
       DefaultDepth   24
       SubSection "Display"
           Depth      24
           Modes      "1600x1200" "1400x1050" "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1152x864" "800x600" "640x480"
       EndSubsection
   SubSection "Display"
      Depth      16
      Modes      "1600x1200" "1400x1050" "1280x1024" "1280x960" "1152x864" "800x600" "640x480"
   EndSubsection
EndSection

   #### TV SCREEN ####
Section "Screen"
       Identifier   "TV"
       Device      "TV-device"
       Monitor      "TV-monitor"
       DefaultDepth   24
       SubSection "Display"
                Depth      24
                Modes        "800x600"
       EndSubSection
EndSection

--------------------snip-------------------------


Basically what is done here is creating a new "screen" or profile, which utilizes the graphics card in a different configuration as well as the TV monitor instead of the laptop LCD. Notice that the custom screen "TV" calls on the custom device "TV-device" and monitor "TV-monitor".

You need MPlayer installed for this to work (there was also an option for xine, complete with a bash script, http://www.iofcea.de/files/tvout, but it didn't work for me). The KDE service menu looks like this:
Code:

# ~/.kde/share/apps/konqueror/servicemenus/View_on_TV.desktop
# Service Menu for viewing Videos on TV
# based on an idea for TV-Out with Nvidia Cards seen on
# http://www.iofcea.de/cgi-bin/seite.pl?file=linuxtvout
# Thanks go to Markus Iofcea
[Desktop Entry]
ServiceTypes=video/*
Actions=ViewOnTvMplayer

[Desktop Action ViewOnTvMplayer]
Name=View on TV (MPlayer)
Icon=mplayer
Exec=/bin/sh -c "X -screen TV :1 -ac & sleep 2; DISPLAY=:1 mplayer -fs -vo x11 -zoom -really-quiet %U; ps ax|grep 'X -screen TV'|cut -f 1 -d' '|xargs kill"


Just copy this file, "View_on_TV.desktop" to ~/.kde/share/apps/konqueror/servicemenus/.

That's all there is to it. I hope this helps someone.:D


Thanks go to Cellardoor and Markus Iofcea
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PostPosted: Mon May 02, 2005 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nifty. I'll have to try it out with my card...
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2005 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks :D
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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2005 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

works here :)
thanks... that's what I was looking for :)

I manage it with a nautilus script

~/.gnome2/nautilus-scripts/watch_on_tv
(must be chmod +x )

Code:

X :1 -screen "Screen TV" &
sleep 2
DISPLAY=":1" xine "$NAUTILUS_SCRIPT_SELECTED_FILE_PATHS" ; ps aux | grep "Screen TV" | grep -v grep | sed s/"root     "/""/ | cut -f1 -d' ' | xargs kill


it doesn't work when you select a directory or multiple files, but it does work for me with one right file :P
select a divx -> right click -> scripts -> watch_on_tv

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PostPosted: Thu May 05, 2005 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Work perfectly here :)
thank you!
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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2005 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine doesn't seem to work. I have Gainward card which is a Geforce FX 5200, 128 mb.

When I start gnome, I see the nvidia screen, so the driver is loaded. I copied this to ~/.gnome2/nautilus-scripts/watch_on_tv :
Code:

X :1 -screen "Screen TV" &
sleep 2
DISPLAY=":1" xine "$NAUTILUS_SCRIPT_SELECTED_FILE_PATHS" ; ps aux | grep "Screen TV" | grep -v grep | sed s/"root     "/""/ | cut -f1 -d' ' | xargs kill


This is my xorg.conf, I had to add Option "IgnoreDisplayDevices" "TV" so that TV didn't load automatically when I started Gnome
Code:

Section "ServerLayout"
   Identifier     "X.org Configured"
   Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
   InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
   InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection

Section "ServerFlags"
   Option      "Xinerama"   "false"
EndSection


Section "Files"
   RgbPath      "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
   ModulePath   "/usr/X11R6/lib/modules"
   FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/misc/"
   FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/TTF/"
   FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/Type1/"
   FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/CID/"
   FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/75dpi/"
   FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/100dpi/"
#   FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/lfp-fix/"
EndSection

Section "Module"
   Load  "extmod"
   #Load  "dri"
   Load  "dbe"
   Load  "record"
   Load  "xtrap"
   Load  "glx"
   Load  "type1"
   Load  "freetype"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
   Identifier  "Keyboard0"
   Driver      "kbd"
   Option "XkbLayout" "no-latin1"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
   Identifier  "Mouse0"
   Driver      "mouse"
   Option       "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
   Option       "Device"   "/dev/usbmouse"
        Option      "Buttons"  "7"
        Option      "ZAxisMapping"  "4 5"
      # Option      "Resolution"    "100"
EndSection

######### MONITORS #########

Section "Monitor"
   Identifier   "Monitor0"
   VendorName   "Monitor Vendor"
   ModelName    "Monitor Model"
        #HorizSync 30-70
        #VertRefresh 50-160
   Option "dpms"
   
EndSection

  #### TV SCREEN ####
Section "Monitor"
        Identifier      "TV-monitor"
        VendorName      "Sanyo"
        ModelName       "Television"
        Option       "ConnectedMonitor" "TV"
        HorizSync       30-50
        VertRefresh     60
      Option      "dpms"
EndSection

######### Graphics cards ###########


Section "Device"
        ### Available Driver options are:-
        ### Values: <i>: integer, <f>: float, <bool>: "True"/"False",
        ### <string>: "String", <freq>: "<f> Hz/kHz/MHz"
        ### [arg]: arg optional
        #Option     "SWcursor"              # [<bool>]
        #Option     "HWcursor"              # [<bool>]
        #Option     "NoAccel"               # [<bool>]
        #Option     "ShadowFB"              # [<bool>]
        #Option     "UseFBDev"              # [<bool>]
        #Option     "Rotate"                # [<str>]
        #Option     "VideoKey"              # <i>
        #Option     "FlatPanel"             # [<bool>]
        #Option     "FPDither"              # [<bool>]
        #Option     "CrtcNumber"            # <i>
   Identifier  "Videocard0"
   Driver      "nvidia"
   VendorName  "nVidia Corporation"
   BoardName   "GeForce FX 5200"
   VideoRam    128000
   #Option "NoLogo" "true"
        Option "IgnoreDisplayDevices" "TV"
   Option       "NvAGP" "3"
   Option       "RenderAccel" "On"
        Option       "AllowGLXWithComposite" "true"
EndSection

  #### TV-OUT ####
Section "Device"
        Identifier      "TV-device"
        Driver          "nvidia"
        VendorName      "nVidia Corporation"
        BoardName       "GeForce FX 5200"
        VideoRam        128000
        #Option          "NoLogo" "true"
        Option          "NvAGP" "3"
        Option          "RenderAccel" "On"
        Option          "AllowGLXWithComposite" "true"
        Screen          0
        Option          "TVStandard" "PAL-B"
      Option          "TVOutFormat" "COMPOSITE"   
      Option          "ConnectedMonitor" "TV"
EndSection




########### Screens ###########

Section "Screen"
   Identifier "Screen0"
   Device     "Videocard0"
   Monitor    "Monitor0"
        DefaultDepth 24
   SubSection "Display"
      Depth     24
               #Modes "1024x768"
                Modes "1280x1024"
                Viewport 0 0
   EndSubSection
#   SubSection "Display"
#      Viewport   0 0
#      Depth     4
#   EndSubSection
#   SubSection "Display"
#      Viewport   0 0
#      Depth     8
#   EndSubSection
#   SubSection "Display"
#      Viewport   0 0
#      Depth     15
#   EndSubSection
#   SubSection "Display"
#      Viewport   0 0
#      Depth     16
#   EndSubSection
#   SubSection "Display"
#      Viewport   0 0
#      Depth     24
#   EndSubSection
EndSection

   #### TV SCREEN ####
Section "Screen"
       Identifier   "TV"
       Device      "TV-device"
       Monitor      "TV-monitor"
       DefaultDepth   24
       SubSection "Display"
                Depth      24
                Modes        "800x600"
       EndSubSection
EndSection
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PostPosted: Mon May 30, 2005 2:00 pm    Post subject: tried it on a geforce 256 deluxe Reply with quote

I tried this on a geforce 265 deluxe, and since it doesn;t support twinview i had to alter the config a tad.

When i booted with the monitor on the card, it played nice, and gave me 800x600 on the monitor.
After setting the correct settings to x it gave 800x600 on the tv. so i was happy, things were good.

After the first reboot (without the monitor attatched) my entire screen has been displaced, almost 20% of the screen has fallen of the bottom. (not virtual desktop).

I tried a bunch of different hsync,and vsync, but the all either screw up the entire screen or displace the screen even more.

also tried overscan options in the config, doesn't do squat.

does anyone know how to fix this?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Using Nautilus under Gnome and mplayer, I had some problems with paths containing whitespaces. I now use the following:

Code:

X -screen ScreenTV :1 -ac &
sleep 2
DISPLAY=":1" mplayer -fs -vo x11 -zoom -really-quiet "$@"


Note that this code does not automatically shut down the running X-server after mplayer exit as the other scripts.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2005 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

works almost perfect! :D

3 little problems:
1. It works in Black&White.. I try to set PAL-B and PAL-G in xorg.conf but it doesn't change... I have to change something else?
1. If I want to play a DVD on tv?
2. If I want to play a .rm file on TV? rm files work perfectly on mPlayer, but I don't have the option in the menù "play on TV"

one question:
is it possible to switch between the two screens?

avi and mpeg work perfectly! :D
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2005 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

marcowave wrote:
works almost perfect! :D

3 little problems:
1. It works in Black&White.. I try to set PAL-B and PAL-G in xorg.conf but it doesn't change... I have to change something else?


Have you tried composite/s-video? Could be what's causing the problem. No idea on the rest though.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2005 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JSharku wrote:


Have you tried composite/s-video? Could be what's causing the problem. No idea on the rest though.

Sharku


the cable is s-video.. I set "SVIDEO" in xorg.conf... maybe i have to set "S-VIDEO"?

now I try :D
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 27, 2005 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok now is on color :D

the other problem is that in the "View on TV (mPlayer)" contextual menù appears only with .avi and .mpg files...
I want it to work even with .rm files (always in mPlayer)

how can I do this?
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a much better way of doing this, but i think it only works on dual head graphic cards.
This method simply sets up two X screen on one display (:0.0 and :0.1), instead of two displays (:0 and :1). This way only one X server is active, and you can have both screens displaying something at the same time. This is also better than TwinView since it doesn't use Xinerama.

Now to play a video on the TV you just have to do
Code:
DISPLAY=:0.1 mplayer blabla.avi


Here is my xorg config:
Code:
Section "ServerLayout"
   Identifier   "dual"
   Screen      0 "Screen0" 0 0
   Screen      1 "Screen1" LeftOf "Screen0"
   InputDevice   "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
   InputDevice   "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection

Section "ServerLayout"
   Identifier   "single"
   Screen   0   "Screen0" 0 0
   InputDevice   "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
   InputDevice   "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection

Section "Files"
   RgbPath      "/usr/lib/X11/rgb"
   ModulePath   "/usr/lib/modules"
   FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/misc/"
   FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/TTF/"
   FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/Type1/"
   FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/75dpi/"
   FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/100dpi/"
   FontPath   "/usr/share/fonts/artwiz/"
EndSection

Section "Module"
   Load      "record"
   Load      "extmod"
   Load      "dbe"
   Load      "glx"
   Load      "xtrap"
   Load      "freetype"
   Load      "type1"
EndSection

Section "ServerFlags"
   Option      "Xinerama"   "false"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
   Identifier   "Keyboard0"
   Driver      "kbd"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
   Identifier   "Mouse0"
   Driver      "mouse"
   Option      "Protocol" "evdev"
   Option      "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
   Option      "Buttons" "10"
   Option      "ZAxisMapping" "9 10"
   Option      "Emulate3Buttons" "false"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
   Identifier   "Monitor0"
   HorizSync   30-96
   VertRefresh   50-160
   Option      "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
   Identifier   "Monitor1"
   HorizSync   30-50
   VertRefresh   60
EndSection

Section "Device"
   Option      "CursorShadow"   "true"
   Option      "NoLogo"   "true"
   Option      "RenderAccel"   "true"
   Identifier   "Card0"
   Driver      "nvidia"
   BusID      "PCI:1:0:0"
   Screen      0
EndSection

Section "Device"
   Option      "TVStandard"   "PAL-B"
   Option      "TVOutFormat"   "COMPOSITE"
   Option      "CursorShadow"   "true"
   Option      "NoLogo"   "true"
   Option      "RenderAccel"   "true"
   Identifier   "Card1"
   Driver      "nvidia"
   BusID      "PCI:1:0:0"
   Screen      1
EndSection

Section "Screen"
   Identifier   "Screen0"
   Device      "Card0"
   Monitor      "Monitor0"
   DefaultDepth   24
   SubSection "Display"
      Viewport   0 0
      Depth      24
      Modes      "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
   EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "Screen"
   Identifier   "Screen1"
   Device      "Card1"
   Monitor      "Monitor1"
   DefaultDepth   24
   SubSection "Display"
      Viewport   0 0
      Depth      24
      Modes      "640x480"
   EndSubSection
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2005 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why mine doesn't work? I have a geforce 5200 fx with VGA, DVI and S-VIDEO. I'm currently trying to get VGA+SVIDEO. I try with:
Code:
 DISPLAY=:0.1 mplayer foo.avi

I get the avi played but in the same terminal and played with aalib (i don't know why). Just in case, i tried forcing another video output:
Code:
 DISPLAY=:0.1 mplayer -vo x11 foo.avi

And i get:
Code:
vo: couldn't open the X11 display (:0.1)!


If i try:
Code:
X -screen TV :0 -ac & sleep 2; DISPLAY=:1 mplayer -fs -vo x11 -zoom

I get:
Code:

Fatal server error:
Server is already active for display 0
        If this server is no longer running, remove /tmp/.X0-lock
        and start again.
...
[1]+  Exit 1                  X -screen TV :0 -ac
...
vo: couldn't open the X11 display (:1)!


My xorg.conf:
Code:

# **********************************************************************
# Server flags section.
# **********************************************************************
### X Server ###
Section "ServerLayout"
   Identifier   "Default Layout"
   Screen   0   "tarjeta" 0 0
   Screen      1 "TV" LeftOf "tarjeta"
#   Screen 1 "TV" 0 1
   Option "Xinerama" "off"
   Option "Clone" "on"
#   InputDevice   "Alps" "CorePointer"
#   InputDevice   "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection

Section "ServerFlags"
#    Option       "DefaultServerLayout" "Default Layout"
    Option      "Xinerama"   "false"
#    Option "NoTrapSignals"
#    Option "DontVTSwitch"
#    Option "DontZap"
#    Option "Dont Zoom"
#    Option "DisableVidModeExtension"
#    Option "AllowNonLocalXvidtune"
#    Option "DisableModInDev"
#    Option "AllowNonLocalModInDev"
EndSection

# **********************************************************************
# Monitor section
# **********************************************************************
Section "Monitor"
    Identifier  "samsung"
    HorizSync   31-61
    VertRefresh 56-75
EndSection

#### TV SCREEN ####
Section "Monitor"
        Identifier      "tele"
        VendorName      "Panasonic"
        ModelName       "Quintrix"
        HorizSync       30-50
        VertRefresh     60
#      Option       "ConnectedMonitor" "TV"
#      Option      "dpms"
EndSection

# **********************************************************************
# Graphics device section
# **********************************************************************
Section "Device"
    Identifier   "Standard VGA"
    VendorName   "Unknown"
    BoardName   "Unknown"
# The chipset line is optional in most cases.  It can be used to override
# the driver's chipset detection, and should not normally be specified.
#    Chipset   "generic"
    Driver     "vga"
#    BusID      "PCI:0:10:0"
#    VideoRam   256
#    Clocks   25.2 28.3
EndSection

Section "Device"
    Identifier  "5200fx"
    Driver      "nvidia"
    Option "CursorShadow" "true"
    Option "CursorShadowAlpha" "50"
    Option "CursorShadowXOffset" "4"
    Option "CursorShadowYOffset" "2"
    Option      "NoLogo" "true"
    Screen          0
    VideoRam   128
#    Option      "NvAGP"   "2"
#    Option       "RenderAccel" "On"
#    Option          "AllowGLXWithComposite" "true"
#    VideoRam    32768
#    Insert Clocks lines here if appropriate
EndSection

#### TV-OUT ####
Section "Device"
    Identifier      "TV-out"
    Driver          "nvidia"
    VendorName      "Monitor Vendor"
    Screen          1
    Option          "TVStandard" "PAL-G"
    Option      "TVOutFormat" "SVIDEO"
#   Option "TVOverScan" 0.0
#   Option      "ConnectedMonitor" "TV"
EndSection

# **********************************************************************
# Screen sections
# **********************************************************************
### MONITOR ###
Section "Screen"
    Identifier  "tarjeta"
    Device      "5200fx"
    Monitor     "samsung"
    DefaultDepth 24
    Subsection "Display"
        Depth       8
        Modes       "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
        ViewPort    0 0
    EndSubsection
    Subsection "Display"
        Depth       16
        Modes       "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
        ViewPort    0 0
    EndSubsection
    Subsection "Display"
        Depth       24
        Modes       "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
        ViewPort    0 0
    EndSubsection
EndSection

### TV ###
    Section "Screen"
       Identifier   "TV"
       Device      "TV-out"
       Monitor      "tele"
       DefaultDepth   24
       SubSection "Display"
                Depth      24
                Modes        "800x600"
       EndSubSection
EndSection


I'm probably missing a small thing but i find the xorg confs rather confusing. Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2005 1:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@Pajarico:
try this instead:
Code:
X -screen TV :1 -ac & sleep 2; DISPLAY=:1 mplayer -fs -vo x11 -zoom

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2005 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks.
Ummh :? I get the same again:
Code:
(EE) Screen 0 deleted because of no matching config section.
...
[1]+  Aborted                 X -screen TV :1 -ac
...
vo: couldn't open the X11 display (:1)!

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2005 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2005 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2005 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ideas what this means?

Code:
Xlib: connection to ":1.0" refused by server


It refuses connection to the new X session...
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2005 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pajarico wrote:
Thanks.
Ummh :? I get the same again:
Code:
(EE) Screen 0 deleted because of no matching config section.
...
[1]+  Aborted                 X -screen TV :1 -ac
...
vo: couldn't open the X11 display (:1)!


Yeah, that won't work because of the twinview setup you tried. You may want to go with the xorg.conf setup at the beginning of the howto.

*EDIT*

Also Pajarico, try running this command in a terminal after you setup your xorg.conf just like above (hit "Ctrl+Alt+Bckspce" after you have tried it):

Code:
X :1 -screen "TV" & sleep 4 && DISPLAY=":1" xine "$NAUTILUS_SCRIPT_SELECTED_FILE_PATHS"  ; ps aux | grep "Screen TV" | grep -v grep | sed s/"root     "/""/ | cut -f1 -d' ' | xargs kill


I want to see if you get the same error I do when you come back to your original desktop.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2005 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nevermind, got it to work beautifully with mplayer-bin:

Code:
X -screen TV :1 -ac &
sleep 2
mplayer-bin -display :1 -vo x11 -fs -zoom "$@"; ps ax|grep 'X -screen TV'|cut -f 1 -d' '|xargs kill

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2005 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, as suggested by bigun89 i reverted my xorg.conf to look like the one of the first poster.
Something was going wrong, not sure about what, but also the euroconnector at the back of my TV cannot take S-video, so i have to plug it on the front of the TV, a bit annoying but it's ok.

Now the problem comes with the output. I created this script:
Code:
X :1 -screen TV -ac &
sleep 2
DISPLAY=":1" mplayer -fs -vo x11 foo.avi

The first i see is that my monitor turns off, and my TV shows the nvidia logo for a moment and then the bare X desktop (just a gray background and the x-shaped cursor. The output is positive, i don't get any errors and according to it mplayer plays the movie as expected but on the TV i don't see mplayer, i just see the X server and the cursor. Why?
It seems like the parallel X process starts, but mplayer doesn't use it. Why?

Also i see that the image has no color, althought i have set it:
Code:
#### TV-OUT ####
Section "Device"
    Identifier      "TV-device"
    Driver          "nvidia"
    VendorName      "Monitor Vendor"
    BoardName       "nVidia GeForce 2 Go"
    Option      "NoLogo" "true"
    Screen          0
    Option          "TVStandard" "PAL-M"
    Option      "TVOutFormat" "S-VIDEO"
   Option      "ConnectedMonitor" "TV"
EndSection

Any help much appreciated.

EDIT: Additionally: Can i make the spawned the new X process to run in the background? so i can still use my monitor at the same time i play a movie.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2005 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pajarico wrote:
Code:
X :1 -screen TV -ac &
sleep 2
DISPLAY=":1" mplayer -fs -vo x11 foo.avi


Try this "exact" script.

Code:
X -screen TV :1 -ac &
sleep 2
mplayer -display :1 -vo x11 -fs -zoom "$@"; ps ax|grep 'X -screen TV'|cut -f 1 -d' '|xargs kill


If worse goes to worse... open and run the script as a commandline in a terminal so you can see the output:

Code:
X -screen TV :1 -ac & sleep 2 && mplayer -display :1 -v 3 -vo x11 -fs -zoom <type filename here>


You may see some errors that explain a few things.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2005 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tried both ways and i'm still getting the Xorg desktop and the x cursor. :cry: Is the same again, X starts, mplayer starts, but they don't connect to each other.
I don't see any errors with the last command, then again is too long and i might missed something. What did you expected to see?

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2005 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pajarico wrote:
Tried both ways and i'm still getting the Xorg desktop and the x cursor. :cry: Is the same again, X starts, mplayer starts, but they don't connect to each other.
I don't see any errors with the last command, then again is too long and i might missed something. What did you expected to see?

:wink:


I had the same issue... run the commandline on a terminal and see what text is shown, it may give a clue.
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