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Ever since I got my new laptop I've been trying to get the s-video output working on it properly. It sort-of works now but there are still some big problems. ...
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    Explanation of my xorg.conf file.


    Ever since I got my new laptop I've been trying to get the s-video output working on it properly. It sort-of works now but there are still some big problems.
    For one X crashes about 50% of the time when trying to start playing a video file through the s-video and two there is no cursor on the screen for the s-video out. I have to guess where my cursor is and manage to get a terminal window open to use mplayer.

    This is the xorg.conf file I'm presently using that I found on some website:
    Code:
    # Xorg configuration created by system-config-display
    
    Section "ServerLayout"
    
    #       Option      "Xinerama" "on"
    #       Option      "Clone" "on"
            Identifier     "MultiheadLayout"
            Screen      0  "Screend0" LeftOf "Screend1"
            Screen      1  "Screend1" 0 0
            InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
            InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
            Option      "Xinerama" "off"
            Option      "Clone" "on"
    EndSection
    
    Section "ServerLayout"
    
    #       Option      "Xinerama" "on"
    #       Option      "Clone" "on"
            Identifier     "TVLayout"
            Screen      0  "Screentvd0" LeftOf "TV1"
            Screen      1  "TV1" 0 0
            InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
            InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Files"
            RgbPath      "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
            FontPath     "unix/:7100"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Module"
            Load  "dbe"
            Load  "extmod"
            Load  "fbdevhw"
            Load  "glx"
            Load  "record"
            Load  "freetype"
            Load  "type1"
            Load  "dri"
    EndSection
    
    Section "ServerFlags"
            Option      "DefaultServerLayout" "TVLayout"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
            Identifier  "Keyboard0"
            Driver      "kbd"
            Option      "XkbModel" "pc105"
            Option      "XkbLayout" "us"
    EndSection
    
    Section "InputDevice"
            Identifier  "Mouse0"
            Driver      "mouse"
            Option      "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
            Option      "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
            Option      "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
            Option      "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Monitor"
            Identifier   "Monitor0"
            VendorName   "Monitor Vendor"
            ModelName    "LCD Panel 1280x800"
            HorizSync    31.5 - 90.0
            VertRefresh  60.0 - 60.0
            ModeLine     "1280x800" 83.5 1280 1344 1480 1680 800 801 804 828
            Option      "dpms"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Monitor"
            Identifier   "Monitor1"
            VendorName   "Monitor Vendor"
            ModelName    "LCD Panel 1280x1024"
            HorizSync    31.5 - 67.0
            VertRefresh  50.0 - 75.0
            Option      "dpms"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Monitor"
            Identifier   "TVm1"
            VendorName   "Monitor Vendor"
            ModelName    "TV"
            Option      "dpms"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Device"
            Identifier  "Videocard0"
            Driver      "i810"
            VendorName  "Videocard vendor"
            BoardName   "Intel 852"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Device"
            Identifier  "Videocardd0"
            Driver      "i810"
            VendorName  "Videocard Vendor"
            BoardName   "Intel 852"
            Option      "MonitorLayout" "CRT,LFP"
            BusID       "PCI:0:2:0"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Device"
            Identifier  "Videocardd1"
            Driver      "i810"
            VendorName  "Videocard Vendor"
            BoardName   "Intel 852"
            Option      "MonitorLayout" "CRT,LFP"
            BusID       "PCI:0:2:0"
            Screen      1
    EndSection
    
    Section "Device"
            Identifier  "Videocardtvd0"
            Driver      "i810"
            VendorName  "Videocard Vendor"
            BoardName   "Intel 852"
            Option      "MonitorLayout" "TV,LFP"
            BusID       "PCI:0:2:0"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Device"
            Identifier  "Videocardtvd1"
            Driver      "i810"
            VendorName  "Videocard Vendor"
            BoardName   "Intel 852"
            Option      "MonitorLayout" "TV,LFP"
            BusID       "PCI:0:2:0"
            Screen      1
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
            Identifier "Screen0"
            Device     "Videocard0"
            Monitor    "Monitor0"
            DefaultDepth     24
            SubSection "Display"
                    Viewport   0 0
                    Depth     24
                    Modes    "640x480"
            EndSubSection
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
            Identifier "Screend0"
            Device     "Videocardd0"
            Monitor    "Monitor0"
            DefaultDepth     24
            SubSection "Display"
                    Viewport   0 0
                    Depth     24
                    Modes    "1280x800" "1280x1024" "1152x864" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
            EndSubSection
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
            Identifier "Screend1"
            Device     "Videocardd1"
            Monitor    "Monitor1"
            DefaultDepth     24
            SubSection "Display"
                    Viewport   0 0
                    Depth     24
            EndSubSection
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
            Identifier "Screentvd0"
            Device     "Videocardtvd0"
            Monitor    "Monitor0"
            DefaultDepth     24
            SubSection "Display"
                    Viewport   0 0
                    Depth     24
                    Modes    "1280x800" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
            EndSubSection
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
            Identifier "TV1"
            Device     "Videocardtvd1"
            Monitor    "TVm1"
            DefaultDepth     24
            SubSection "Display"
                    Viewport   0 0
                    Depth     24
            EndSubSection
    EndSection
    
    Section "DRI"
            Group        0
            Mode         0666
    EndSection
    I just can't seem to understand why I need 5 screens to be configured for this to work!
    All I have on this laptop are 3 possible outputs, the standard 15 pin monitor output, the s-video output and the actual lcd screen. The s-video output seems to also have it's own plain blue desktop and I can't get it to display what's on the lcd which is my standard desktop. (does clone "on" have something to do with it?)
    I notice that when using an external monitor (15pin connector not s-video) I can "clone" my desktop on it and have both the lcd and the external crt monitor with the same picture on it. That is pretty much what I want to achieve with the s-video.

    Can someone clear this up for me?

    nikosapi

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    This could be caused by running at too high a res for your TV. Have you tried configuring for a lower res - 1024x768 should work, but I'd test at 800x600 first just to get things going.
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