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Twinview xorg.conf For nVidia GeForce 6200 LE With TV-Out

This might be of some use to you if you have the same setup as me and are having trouble getting the TV-out working. Pick relevant bits out and modify to suit. I use Mandriva 2007 and had quite a mission getting my TV-out working. I originally had an ATI graphics card but it proved impossible to make the TV-out work, so I bought an nVidia card, which generally seem to be more compatible with Linux. Mandriva 2007 auto-detected the nVidia card out of the box and worked perfectly, but I had to use the proprietory nvidia drivers and fiddle about with the xorg.conf to get the TV-out working. The auto-detected setup used the generic "nv" driver, but I believe that driver doesn't support the s-video TV-Output. I installed the proprietory "nvidia" driver, and tweaked the xorg.conf file, as below, and it now works great. The nvidia driver is easy to find on the nvidia site.

My setup is:

  • Mandriva 2007
  • nVidia 6200 LE graphics card
  • Dell 19 inch LCD monitor running at 1280 x 1024
  • S-Video output to TV showing the top left 1024 x 768 of the same display

Anyway, here's the resulting xorg.conf (or XF86Config).


Section "ServerLayout"
        Identifier      "MyLayout"
        Screen          "Screen[0]"
        InputDevice     "Keyboard1"     "CoreKeyboard"
        InputDevice     "Mouse1"        "CorePointer"
EndSection

Section "Files"
        FontPath        "unix/:-1"
        FontPath        "/usr/share/fonts/misc:unscaled"
EndSection

Section "Module"
        Load    "dbe" # Double-Buffering Extension
        Load    "v4l" # Video for Linux
        Load    "extmod"
        Load    "type1"
        Load    "freetype"
        Load    "glx" # 3D layer
EndSection

Section "ServerFlags"
        Option  "allowmouseopenfail"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier      "Keyboard1"
        Driver  "kbd"
        Option  "XkbModel" "pc105"
        Option  "XkbLayout" "gb"
        Option  "XkbOptions" "compose:rwin"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier      "Mouse1"
        Driver          "mouse"
        Option          "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2"
        Option          "Device" "/dev/mouse"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
        Identifier      "Monitor[0]" # LCD
        VendorName      "Plug'n Play"
        ModelName       "DELL SE197FP"
        HorizSync       30.0 - 81.0
        VertRefresh 56.0 - 76.0
        ModeLine "1280x1024" 108.0 1280 1328 1440 1688 1024 1025 1028 1066 +hsync +vsync
        ModeLine "768x576" 50.0 768 832 846 1000 576 590 595 630
        ModeLine "768x576" 63.1 768 800 960 1024 576 578 590 616
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
        Identifier "Monitor[1]" # TV
        HorizSync       30-50
        VertRefresh      60
EndSection

Section "Device"
        Identifier "Device[0]"
        Driver "nvidia"
        VendorName "nVidia Corporation"
        BoardName "NVIDIA GeForce FX - GeForce 7950"
        Option "Twinview"
        Option "DPMS" "true"
        Option "TwinViewOrientation" "Clone"
        Option "Metamodes" "1280x1024,1024x768"
        Option "TVStandard" "PAL-I"
EndSection

Section "Screen" # My monitor
        Identifier       "Screen[0]"
        Device "device[0]"
        Monitor "monitor[0]"
        DefaultDepth 24
        Option "DPMS"
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth 8
                Modes "1280x1024" "1152x864" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240"
        EndSubSection
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth 15
                Modes "1280x1024" "1152x864" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240"
        EndSubSection
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth 16
                Modes "1280x1024" "1152x864" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240"
        EndSubSection
        SubSection "Display"
                Depth 24
                Modes "1280x1024" "1152x864" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240"
        EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "Extensions"
        Option "Composite"
EndSection