I am using a Dell 1520 notebook running ubuntu into a Bush TV. I want to put my laptop display onto the TV. I have an s video cable but it doesn’t appear on any AV channels so is there some way i have to set it up on my laptop?
is that an NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT ?
If so which drivers are you using ? (ie. Nouveau or NVIDIA)
If unsure, send the output from:
sudo lshw -C display
I entered that and got this back:
*-display:0 description: VGA compatible controller product: Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller vendor: Intel Corporation physical id: 2 bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0 version: 0c width: 64 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: msi pm bus_master cap_list rom configuration: driver=i915 latency=0 resources: irq:27 memory:fea00000-feafffff memory:e0000000-efffffff(prefetchable) ioport:efe8(size=8) *-display:1 UNCLAIMED description: Display controller product: Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller vendor: Intel Corporation physical id: 2.1 bus info: pci@0000:00:02.1 version: 0c width: 64 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list configuration: latency=0 resources: memory:feb00000-febfffff
Try rebooting with the TV attached, then go to System>Preferences>Monitors, and try hitting the “Detect Monitors” button… also try setting the resolution to 800 X 600 and see if that works.
If not, you may have to create/edit your /etx/X11/xorg.conf file.
can you let me knowif this fies exists, and if it does, what are its contents.
Is it the cable that came from Dell, as I’m reading a lot of people had problems with after market cables (ie. does it work in Window?)
It’s an aftermarket Sony cable. Neither of them worked, i don’t think that file is there either.
Have you tried the cable in Windows (from the Dell), and did it work ?
I don’t have windows on my laptop.
That could be a problem… I could talk you through creating a xorg.conf file, but with an intel graphics card there is a risk of ending up with no graphics… fixable, but only if you know what you’re doing.
a) it may not work anyway.
b) if it IS a problem with the cable it definitely won’t work.
so what do you want to do ?
I’ll have a go at it, might as well
Make sure the TV is connected and switched on whilst you do this…
First generate a xorg.conf.new file…
IMPORTANT - you’re going to end up with no GUI until you restart X, so you might want to print this off
To generate xorg.conf.new you need to switch to a virtual console using the key-combo Ctrl+Alt+F1
You will then need to log-in with your username and password
First make sure you are in your home directory
Now execute the following commands:
This will stop X.
sudo service gdm stop
Now generate an xorg.conf file:
sudo Xorg -configure
(remember Linux IS case sensitive)
This has generated the file xorg.conf.new in your home directory
Now restart X:
sudo service gdm start
Your desktop GUI will start again…Next, open a terminal and backup your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file (if there is one)
sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak
Then move xorg.conf.new from your home directory to the /etc/X11/ directory, and rename it xorg.conf
sudo cp ~/xorg.conf.new /etc/X11/xorg.conf
If anything goes wrong and you are left in a console, just delete the xorg.conf file
sudo rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf
and/or copy the backup over the new one
sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.cong.bak /etc/X11/xorg.conf
then after a reboot, everything will be back to how it was.
I’ve done that and the file is there. What do i do next?
Can you send us the contents of your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file:
You could also try this again:
With the TV attached and switched on, go to System>Preferences>Monitors, and try hitting the “Detect Monitors” button… if both monitors are detected, put a tick in “Same image in all monitors”… also, you may have to try different resolutions.
Let me know if both monitors aren’t detected.
Section "ServerLayout" Identifier "X.org Configured" Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0 InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer" InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard" EndSection Section "Files" ModulePath "/usr/lib/xorg/modules" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/misc" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/cyrillic" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi/:unscaled" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi/:unscaled" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi" FontPath "/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType" FontPath "built-ins" EndSection Section "Module" Load "extmod" Load "dri" Load "glx" Load "dbe" Load "record" Load "dri2" EndSection Section "InputDevice" Identifier "Keyboard0" Driver "kbd" EndSection Section "InputDevice" Identifier "Mouse0" Driver "mouse" Option "Protocol" "auto" Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice" Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5 6 7" EndSection Section "Monitor" Identifier "Monitor0" VendorName "Monitor Vendor" ModelName "Monitor Model" EndSection Section "Device" ### Available Driver options are:- ### Values: <i>: integer, <f>: float, <bool>: "True"/"False", ### <string>: "String", <freq>: "<f> Hz/kHz/MHz" ### [arg]: arg optional #Option "NoAccel" # [<bool>] #Option "SWcursor" # [<bool>] #Option "ColorKey" # <i> #Option "CacheLines" # <i> #Option "Dac6Bit" # [<bool>] #Option "DRI" # [<bool>] #Option "NoDDC" # [<bool>] #Option "ShowCache" # [<bool>] #Option "XvMCSurfaces" # <i> #Option "PageFlip" # [<bool>] Identifier "Card0" Driver "intel" VendorName "Intel Corporation" BoardName "Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller" BusID "PCI:0:2:0" EndSection Section "Screen" Identifier "Screen0" Device "Card0" Monitor "Monitor0" SubSection "Display" Viewport 0 0 Depth 1 EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Viewport 0 0 Depth 4 EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Viewport 0 0 Depth 8 EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Viewport 0 0 Depth 15 EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Viewport 0 0 Depth 16 EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Viewport 0 0 Depth 24 EndSubSection EndSection
Thats the Xorg file. I’ve got the tv showing up as a monitor but nothing appears on the screen.
have you tried different resolutions ?
I’ve tried every resolution possible