TV-out support ANYWHERE?
Csillag.Kristof.ext at united-consult.hu
Tue Mar 20 03:22:10 PDT 2007
> > - Intel cards have a nice open driver, but TV-Out does not work yet.
> TV-Out does work for some cards to some degree with the driver, and it
> also works for the old i810 chipset (which is fully documented) with
> extra programs.
I have a mainboard with an integrated 965G, but not TV-out.
So the only way is via an SDVO card, which is not supported.
> > - Nvidia cards have two driver sets: the closed proprietary binary
> > nvidia, where everything works (sort of), and the open nv, which can
> > not use tv-out.
> The open 'nv' can use tv-out with an extra program.
I assume you mean the nvtv project. Unfortunately, it does not seem
to be actively maintained (last release was in 2004.), and it does not
support newer cards. I tested in with a GeForce 7300LE based card,
but it did not recognize it.
> > - Ati cards have two driver sets: the closed proprietary binary
> > fglrx, where everything works (sort of), the the open ones, which
> > can not use tv-out.
> AFAIK, ATI cards can also use tv-out with help of an extra program.
I will look into this.
> > So, what hardware does one buy, if he needs TV-out, but he does not
> > want to use proprietary software? Intel, ati and nvidia seem to be
> > out.
> You just buy one of those cards, and use the extra programs.
Actually, I have bought specifically for this purpose
- a foxconn mainboard with integrated 965G chipset
- a prolink SDVA card with integrated Chrontel 7312 chipset
- an ASUS vga card with integrated GeForce 7300LE chipset.
None of these seem to work. (And I an not the type that gives up easily.)
> > Is this really _that_ difficult?
> The problem is that (a) X doesn't contain the infrastructure to handle
> the extra values needed to program the TV encoders, which is why every
> (proprietary) driver cooks up its own set of options to handle TV in a
> somewhat limited way, and (b) graphic card manufacturers don't publish
> their specifications. Complain to the manufacturers.
I understand this. (Thank you for the explanation, thought.)
However, this is _very_ frustrating.
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