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XServer with TV-Out

The Machine has a nVidia GeForce2 Ti. The card is conncted through a SVideo ↔ Scart Cable with the TV. There is no Monitor connected. On boot the card automatically switches to the TV for displaying the console output.


We're running Xorg from the current Debian Testing distribution with nVidia's lates propritary driver. For the GeForce2 it the “Legacy Driver” 7184.

# wget
# sh

Put the nvidia module into /etc/modules then modify the xorg config.

The important parts of /etc/X11/xorg.conf look like the following.

Section "Device"
        Identifier      "Generic Video Card"
        Driver          "nvidia"
        Option          "NoLogo"                "true"
        BusID           "PCI:1:0:0"

Section "Monitor"
        Identifier      "Generic Monitor"
        HorizSync       30.0 - 80.0
        VertRefresh     50.0 - 75.0

Section "Screen"
        Identifier      "Default Screen"
        Device          "Generic Video Card"
        Monitor         "Generic Monitor"
        DefaultDepth    24
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth           8
                Modes           "800x600" "640x480"
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth           16
                Modes           "800x600" "640x480"
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth           24
                Modes           "800x600" "640x480"

Forcing TV-Out

Unfortunately the TV screen stays black after starting the X-Server for a unknown reason. The trick is to reenable the TV-Output using the nvtv tool:

# apt-get install nvtv

Then use the following command to enable the TV output:

#> /usr/bin/nvtv -t -r 800,600 -s Small

Automating everything

I'm using mythtv as frontend and want to have it start autmatically after booting the server.

For automatic X starting and login just install gdm give the default user in the “Security” tab of the configuration screen. Or when this doesn't work for you (it didn't for me) put the following in your /etc/gdm/gdm.conf:


Where mythtv is the user to automatically login.

All automatic startup stuff will go into this users's ~/.xsession

/usr/bin/nvtv -t -r 800,600 -s Small
ding/xserver.txt · Last modified: 2009/06/21 18:09 by