[ubuntu-uk] Plugging ubuntu machine into a TV (on Mac & on PC)
gordallott at gmail.com
Fri Apr 10 18:07:40 BST 2009
On Fri, 2009-04-10 at 14:16 +0100, doug livesey wrote:
> Hi -- I have a couple of machines that are used often to view avi
> files & the like.
> One is a Macbook (mine) running Ubuntu. Currently, when I want to
> watch a file on TV, I boot to my OSX partition, and plugin to the TV
> with a miniDVI cable.
> The other is an Acer laptop (my brother's), and is currently never
> plugged into a TV, cuz we've no idea how to do it.
> Could anyone advise on how I could a) Get the Macbook on TV without
> having to reboot to the (now largely dormant) OSX partition, and b)
> How to plug my brother's laptop into a TV.
> Neither of us have plasma screen TVs, or anything posh like that.
It depends on your graphics card drivers,
if you have an nvidia chipset make sure to boot up with the monitor
connected to the machine you can run nvidia-settings (system ->
administration -> nvidia x server settings) to setup a 'second screen',
either a copy of your current desktop, an extension of it, or a
completely separate one. it should show up on your tv and you can play
video from there. I'm not sure about non nvidia chipsets though.
Gordon Allott <gordallott at gmail.com>
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