[ubuntu-uk] Plugging ubuntu machine into a TV (on Mac & on PC)

Gordon Allott 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.
> Cheers,
>    Doug.

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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