Gentoo MythTV

12. 09. 08

abit I-N73HD, HDMI, X Server and 1366×768

Filed under: configuration — Tags: , , , — niko86 @ 18:18

well, since i did not try the new mainboard with our TV, i also did not know wether the HDMI Output works and wether it is capable of sending 1366×768 to the TV.
so it was time to try.
The TV is some Samsung 32″ LCD, the native resolution is 1366×768.
this is what i did to make it work:
follow these instructions to make Direct Rendering work: click

add no additional lines to your xorg.conf
switch on your TV, disconnect VGA, connect HDMI output to your TV.
start X.
wait, voila!
it just works out of the box, seems that the samsung TV sends proper EDID Data.
there are no black lines, dead pixels or whatever, it just works perfectly.
i did not configure anything regarding the hdmi output.
the next thing on my list is a splashscreen to show while booting. (so the init scripts do not scare my girlfriend that much 🙂 )

after some testing i am now sure that the graphics part is setup properly, the processor utilization while watching tv or videos does not exceed 2 %, the picture looks good and sharp, there is no flicker or whatsoever, the scaling works (most of the TV Channels are 4:3 in this country…).
it seems that everything just worked “automagically”.
I saw many reports of people having severe trouble with the Abit I-N73HD regarding sound, graphics and network, as well as with the antec fusion regarding IR/VFD/Volume Knob.
So if you need a mainboard with HDMI output or a decent HTPC Case or both, don’t hesitate, it works.
if you need some help leave a comment.

just checked again and noticed that it actually is 1360×768, nevertheless looks fine on the tv 🙂 makes me happy.
here is a screenshot:

tv info osd

tv info osd



  1. Do you actually have 1366×768 or 1360×768 (use DISPLAY=:0 xrandr to see)?
    Do you have sound working over HDMI?

    Comment by chguedel — 12. 09. 08 @ 19:19

  2. hi christian,
    just checked, it actually is 1360×768, got kinda confused with the different resolutions and stuff.
    i assumed that sound over hdmi won’t work with the abit board so i did not try it till now.
    the manual does not mention a word about sound over hdmi, but i can try if you want me to.

    Comment by niko86 — 12. 09. 08 @ 19:19

  3. Same here, I only have 1360×768 on my TV, not that bad though.

    Don’t bother trying, I was just curious 😉

    Comment by chguedel — 12. 09. 08 @ 20:20

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