[mythtv-users] Moving to an HDTV

Cool Frood aaranya+mythtv at gmail.com
Thu Jan 22 16:03:10 UTC 2009

On Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 10:47 AM, Travis Tabbal <travis at tabbal.net> wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 8:35 AM, Cool Frood <aaranya+mythtv at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Hi there,
>> I have a MythTV setup currently running with an NVidia FX 5200 that
>> pushes DVI to a 1680x1050 Acer LCD.  I'm planning to get a 1080p HDTV.
>>  I have a bunch of questions:
>> 1. Is it possible to do 1080p without DVI-D?  FX 5200 doesn't do DVI-D
>> (I think).  Can I do 1080p over VGA?
>> 2. Can I run an HDTV at 1680x1050?  It took me some effort to coax
>> X.org into doing that resolution over DVI but I suspect that an HDTV
>> will be less forgiving of clocks and frequencies.
>> 3. If nothing works, what is a good card to do 1920x1200 to an HDTV in
>> Linux?  I assume it would require an DVI-D to HDMI cable.
> 1080p is 1920x1080, so yes, I believe VGA can support that. The question is,
> can your TV support that over its VGA input (if it has one, they are
> stupidly rare these days).
> Ditch the 5200 and get a more modern NVidia card. They have modes for HDTV
> built into the driver now. So you can tell it you want "HD1080p" and it will
> output the right timings and such. I'm doing it now for 720p. Works on 6150
> and 8200 mobo chipsets, should work on any 6000+ series card with the newer
> drivers. Perhaps older, I don't really know which cards are required. You
> can use DVI-HDMI cables or get a card with HDMI output. My 8200 based
> motherboard has an on board HDMI that works just fine for me.
> Even if you don't use it now, I'd get a card that can support VDPAU. They
> are reasonably cheap and have you covered for the future should you want to
> use them that way. My 8200 based system is using VDPAU for mplayer and it
> works very well.
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Thanks for the information!  I must be living under a rock because I
thought HDMI wasn't really supported well on Linux.  In particular,
what would be a good (i.e., cheap and well supported) card to use?

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