[linux-dvb] TV OUT

lamikr lamikr at cc.jyu.fi
Wed Apr 20 22:16:54 CEST 2005


Sorry that I can not help directly for getting tv out working with the 
normal display cards but here is description how
things works for me...

I am using Technotrends ff card which has coaxial tv-out + analog sound 
out in itself. Card costs itself about 200 euros.
If you want better rgp tv-out or digital spdif sound output then you 
need also buy (or some people make this by themself)
extra connector which costs about 20 euros. (Card has so called j2 spins 
which provides those features but for some reason are
not used by default)

The tv out of this card does not have X windows drivers, so you can not 
get your X window games etc to work with this card.
Instead you need to use a software called VDR 
(http://www.cadsoft.de/vdr/) which has it's own menus and controls for 
scheduling recordings,
changing channels, playing mp3 and watching divx/dvd movies.

Most of those functionalities are provided by the plugins. I am for 
example using about 10 different plugins.
(mplayer plugin is used for decoding divx, etc...)

I have this computer directly connected to my stereos and from there to 
tv and I control it by using remote control.
In addition I have connected this to network so I can telnet to it or 
use a software called vdr-admin which
works over the http browser and allows control the vdr software in this way.
(http://linvdr.org/projects/vdradmin/)

I have noticed that there is also an X-11 plugin which I believe would 
allow getting x-display apps to be visible in tv but the plugin is sayd 
to be experimental, is not developed for couple of years and I do not 
believe the performance would be good with a games like doom3.

So if you want to get those kind of games working with your VDR, then I 
would suggest testing whether you could use mplayer or kaffeine
as your vdr base and try to find a working tv out card... Does ATI claim 
that the tv-out is supported by their binary drivers for this card?

Mika

Q wrote:

> Hi, I know this is a long shot - and it might not strictly be related 
> to this list (well it is and it isn't really) I am curious if anyone 
> out there is using a radeon X800 video card and has managed to get TV 
> out working with it?
>
> The whole Linux TV, PVR/VDR thing isn't much use to me without TV out. 
> Unfortunately regardless of what drivers I have used, whethere they 
> are propriatory ATI fglrx, or open source ATI, vesa or whatever, I 
> can't seem to get TV out working.
>
> Any hints or tips anyone can offer (particularly if anybody has one of 
> these cards) would be very much appreciated.
>
> Best regards,
>
> GJ
>
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