[mythtv-users] Dual display? Standalone X Session + Frontend

Andrew Casper andrew at andrewcasper.com
Sun Sep 3 17:23:11 UTC 2006

On Sep 3, 2006, at 12:06 PM, Mercury Morris wrote:

> On 9/3/06, Sam Wong <sam at hellosam.net> wrote:
>> I got a nvidia card with DFP, VGA and TV out.
>> I would like to know if there is anyway to get TV Out on frontend,  
>> and a
>> standalone X session on the DFP?
>> I can get TwinView working, it seems not quite possible to get DFP+TV
>> out at the same time without TwinView. Currently the best I can do  
>> is a
>> single X session, gdm auto login and auto start myfrontend on the  
>> TV screen.
>> I am looking for a way to start frontend on TV screen, and a gdm  
>> login
>> prompt on DFP screen which is independent of the TV.
>> I was experimenting with Xnest and Xphery, but didn't get any  
>> progress.
>> Any hints and tips are appreciated...thanks. BTW, I am using Ubuntu
>> Dapper and MythTV 0.19
> Yup.  There is a way, more than one way, for sure.
> Search the archives for "dual displays" and look for posts from/to
> Niels Dybdahl.  You should find a link to a file he calls  
> xorg.conf.twinview.
> That file name is misleading because he doesn't use Twinview.
> He uses dual screens, or dual displays, or whatever you want to  
> call it.
> I have adapted the file referenced above to successfully bring up two
> separate screens, one on the TV set and one on the monitor.  MythTV
> runs normally on the TV screen while the monitor screen is available
> for other activity (system checking, MythTV tweaking, even another
> instance of a MythTV frontend).
> -- 
> MM
> _______________________________________________

Just don't plan on using the TV out for a HD component feed - the  
Nvidia drives don't support XvMC on the TV out.

- Andrew

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