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    Mar 2005

    Problem with media center

    I'm trying to set up a media center using Mandrake 10.1. The problem I'm having is that it won't work with my TV. The display is fine right up until it gets to the login screen, then it looks like old TVs used to when the vertical hold needed adjusted. Nothing I've tried to fix this has worked. Obviously, Mandrake CAN display correctly on the TV, as the loading screen looks fine, but I just can't get it to work right once Linux has actually started. The video card is an ATI Radeon 9200 Pro (I think) and I'm hooking the TV up with an S-Video to RCA adapter. It works alright under Winblows, but I would REALLY like to dump that monstrosity. Anyone know how I can get this to work?

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    Linux Guru fingal's Avatar
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    Jul 2003
    Birmingham - UK
    Radeon cards aren't well supported under Linux, so this might well be part of the problem. They won't release their specs to the open source community. As a rule of thumb, the later the model, the worse the support seems to get.

    Mine is a Radeon 9000 - It's not bad but not optimal either. If you're really serious about a project like this, you'll need to look at getting an NVidia card. Drivers are much easier to come by for these cards (some were shipped with the 'Linux Format' magazine I just bought).

    You'll find that you have to choose your hardware carefully with Linux. I'm thinking seriously about changing my graphics card as well.
    I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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