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Wannabe Geek

Topic # 14839 23-Jul-2007 12:41
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Ubuntu 7.04 64bit


Nvidia 7600GS HDTV 256DDR2

Nforce 3

Ok... am trying to achive something i had in "Windows" if i cant achive this in Linux, back to windows i go Cry

Ok.. clone screen with video overlay on TV fullscreen.. Is this possible... thus far i've read no, but to me that means no nix* guru

has bothered trying perhaps...  Any help would be awesome..

If its easier to use MSN to help, feel free to add me or PM me...

Cheers in advance for any help i receive or can give to others along the way..

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Ultimate Geek

  Reply # 79281 23-Jul-2007 13:35

first off. if you havn't already, get automatix it will help ease the transition

install using either synaptic (system menu) or apt-get install (terminal-style) "nvtv"

failing that, follow the official guide

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 79407 24-Jul-2007 10:36
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Ok, have beryl running mint, new gfx drivers loaded etc, VMWare Server running flawlessly (xp runs better in VM then it does in standalone mode)

Fixed my 2 soundcard issues

But there's 0 documenttation on having clone screen with independant screen resolutions...

Basically .. Monitor1 is on 1280x1024 and TV1 is the same, now the obvious is that the tv can only see a 1/4 of the desktop

How can i make the tv resolution 800x600 and still be in clone mode....?

Help help! haha have come to far to go back to windows stand-alone ..!! just 1 more thing to fix..

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Ultimate Geek

  Reply # 79708 26-Jul-2007 01:29

the NVIDIA driver's documentation is included in the nvidia driver, including twinview explaination in Appendix G. you want to use "MetaModes" in your xorg.conf to define the resolutions your TV or 2nd monitor can display.

view it in a terminal with "zless /usr/share/doc/nvidia-glx/README.txt.gz"

you'll want to put a line like this in your xorg.conf but read the docs first anyway

Option "MetaModes" "1024x768,800x600;800x600,800x600"

this would force the second monitor to use 800x600 when the first is using 1024x768 and both are capable of 800x600 simultaneously, you get the idea hopefully, you'll have to add a line like this for your particular configuration.

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 79709 26-Jul-2007 04:32
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not entirely sure if u understand what i mean...

e.g.  CRT which is the main monitor is on a resolution of 1280x1024 the tv is in clonemode with a resolution of 800x600, the problem im talkin about is that the 800x600 doesn't show u the entire desktop.....  im trying to get the cloned screen to reduce what its grabbing from the primary monitor, but when i say reduce it, i mean so on the i can see the taskbar and stuff, currently on the tv, i can only see 1/4 of the desktop...??

Know what i mean..?

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  Reply # 80080 28-Jul-2007 01:18
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I hope you've asked at
Why is this feature so necessary to you? Seems pretty pointless. I know many people have had problems on ubuntu with Dual screens etc, as far as I've heard the Fedora distribution may be a better option for you in this case. I take it you have checked where this would work in a 32bit environment? 64bit doesn't exactly improve the computing experience.

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 80148 28-Jul-2007 19:01
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Well thanks for your "input"

Much abliged.. 

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Ultimate Geek

  Reply # 80219 29-Jul-2007 14:01

RTFM, please

use your favourite text editor to change your /etc/X11/xorg.conf as required, then restart your Xorg (graphics) with "sudo /etc/init.d/gdm restart"

unfortunately there is no right-click wizard to do this for you, read documentation and get familiar with the terminal.

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