[mythtv-users] TV Playback distorted (multiple displays)

Doug Larrick doug at ties.org
Fri Dec 31 15:02:20 UTC 2004

Dan Boger wrote:
> Used to be able to just run mythfrontend in a window, and everything
> would work.  But I have just set up my machine to run X over two
> monitors, and now, when I start mythfrontend, the menus are still ok (in
> the 720x480 window), but when I start playback, there's wide bands of
> black at the top and bottom - like I'm viewing a widescreen capture in
> my 4:3 window.  Of course, the feed is 4:3, and when I play it back in
> mplayer it shows up correctly.  
> Any suggestions on what is wrong, or how to fix it?  I even tried having
> the playback go in full screen mode, but then it tries to cover both
> monitors, but the picture is only showing up on one - distorted (I'm
> guessing that's because XV can't display on both monitors at once?  Just
> a guess).

Xinerama (multiple displays) does not provide the information Myth needs 
  about the aspect ratios of the two screens.  I honestly don't remember 
what the solution is, but if you search for "Xinerama" in the list 
archives I'm sure you'll come up with something.

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