[mythtv] Asus / nVidia combo card support?

Mark Musone mythtv-dev@snowman.net
Fri, 6 Dec 2002 16:34:02 -0500

the biggest problem with tv-out cards is that most of them
are based on the idea of using your computer (i.e. surfing the web..etc..)
using a TV...so they intentionally do not overscan and often times
actually shrink and re-sample the output to make sure that _every_ part
of the computer screen is displayed on the TV (i.e. you get the black borders..etc..

the idea being, it's more important to make sure that the ENTIRE image appears
on the TV, which is contrary to TV/Video viewing purposes. with Video viewing,
the idea is "it's ok if we extend past the end of the screen, and it's more
important to fill the entire screen than to have stuff cut-off. This is
called overscanning..

it's pretty much hit-and-miss in finding a video card with TV-out that
allows you to enable overscan.

This is also why the external NTSC convertors actually work real nice, because
they usually have a greater capability for overscan.


On Fri, Dec 06, 2002 at 02:55:49PM -0600, J. Flowers wrote:
> I am trying to get the Asus V9180 VS card to work with Linux & MythTV. 
> I like this card because it is AGP and has both Video input and Video 
> output.
> I could get a cheap converter to go from VGA to NTSC/TV and a capture 
> card, but I wanted this (new) system to have all the inputs built in.
> Also, this card is CHEAP. It only costs about US $126 and would replace 
> the VGA2NTSC converter, the video card and the capture card.
> Here are the specs:
> V9180 VS (Video Suite) : GeForce4 MX440-8X, AGP 8X, 64MB DDR
> *	Powered by the world's most powerful GPU - NVIDIA GeForce 4 MX 440-8X
> *	AGP 8X/4X/2X, support with bandwidth of up to 2.1 GB/sec.
> *	High-speed 64MB DDR video memory.
> *	Diversified displays connectivity (Dual DVI, Dual VGA, DVI+VGA)
> *	ASUS Smart Cooling, ASUS Smart Doctor II, ASUS Digital VCR II, ASUS 
> Video Security II
> Graphics Engine: NVIDIA GeForce 4 MX440-8X GPU; Video Memory: 64MB DDR 
> Video Memory; Vertical refresh rate: 60-240 Hz; TV-out Connector: One 
> S-VHS mini-DIN, and One RCA jack; Video-in Connector: One S-VHS 
> mini-DIN, and one RCA jack to mini-DIN cable; Maximum Refresh Rate 
> Table (Hz): 2048 x 1536 @75.
> Very, very interesting card.
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