[mythtv-users] Will an MX440 work for SD display?

David Brodbeck gull at gull.us
Wed Apr 2 23:48:24 UTC 2008

On Apr 2, 2008, at 2:48 PM, Kevin Kuphal wrote:

> On Wed, Apr 2, 2008 at 4:45 PM, Brian Phillips  
> <brian.phillips at gmx.net> wrote:
> My buddy wants to get this card:
> http://www.hcditrading.com/Shop/Control/Product/fp/vpid/2867026/vpcsid/0/SFV
> /29664
> It's a cheapo Geforce MX440 64MB card.  He wants it because it's  
> cheap and
> has a DVI-I port.  He'll then use a DVI-HDMI connector to hook it up  
> to his
> TV.  He wants to be sure it can handle standard definition  
> television.  The
> computer is a P4 2.8 GHz and is nice.
> I use an MX440 on my master backend to drive an SD TV in the  
> basement.  Works fine.

I'm using a Geforce2 MX440, as well.  Hey, I had it on hand in my junk  
box.  I did have to play with the 'nvtv' utility a bit to get a  
picture that filled the screen, but that's par for the course.  Some  
of the stuff you can do with xorg.conf directives on the later cards  
can only be done with nvtv in the legacy drivers.

For what it's worth, I ended up with this in my .fvwm/config:

  + I Exec sudo nvtv -t -r 800,600 -s Large# -S NTSC

The main thing happening here is I'm selecting the 'Large' overscan  
mode with dot crawl reduction.  The overscan mode that's best will  
depend on the TV you're driving.  Dot crawl reduction is one of those  
personal preference things. Some people like the picture better with  
it off, I like it better with it on.  The nice thing about nvtv is you  
can open an xterm and play with different settings on the fly until  
you find a set you like.

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