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

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07. 09. 08

final parts arrived

Filed under: configuration, Main, shopping — Tags: , , — niko86 @ 20:20

Since the last part of the HTPC Solution arrived yesterday, i am installing the mythtv frontend on it right now.

ok, so whats the last part(s)?
after some google searches i decided to go for this:

-ABIT I-N73HD mainboard, geforce 7100 onboard graphics, nforce630i chipset, hdmi output.
i read that several people had problems getting this board to work under linux and i have to admit, there is no problem, after configuring the kernel it worked right out of the box without any hassle.

-e2200 c2d processor, not that powerful, but cheap and cool.

-arctic cooling freezer 7 lp, for the case i bought it had to be a small cooler, this one is not very small in fact, but its height is optimal for the case.

-2.5″ notebook drive, not that fast, but it is cooler, more quiet and of course smaller than a 3.5″ one.

-2gb of RAM, actually i got 4gb, but after ordering 4x1gb i noticed that there are only 2 ram slots on the mainboard, so now i got 2gb spare…

-Antec Fusion V2, looks nice, perfect cooling solution (got two fans on the side which are sucking the hot air directly from the cpu cooler), vfd display, builtin IR receiver, volume knob.

fusion v2

fusion v2


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