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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

debian on HDTV screenshots

Can debian support HDTV? debian or Windows, it all depends on graphics card and debian looks pretty on a big TV screen. And what not, when playing movie using xbmc,  it makes you forget that you are running debian

If you have an nvidia graphics card with DVI out, get a DVI-HDMI adapter and connect to your HDTV using HDMI cable (If it has HDMI output, it is straightforward). Then boot into debian, open nvidia control panel and adjust screen resolution as much as you wish.

You will be surprised to see debian maintains low profile, yet giving you the user complete control of your system

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  1. Do you have a tutorial or a link how you installed the drivers?

    Thank you!

  2. Sankaran

    Please help me configure my debian with the HDTV...

    any tutorial u have?

    please help..

    Best Regards


  3. Hi Anoop,

    Do you have nvidia card or an ati card in your pc? If it is there, it maybe having hdmi out, all latest graphics card and latest laptops comes with a hdmi out

    Once you figure out you have the required hardware, just connect to your LCD/LED TV using hdmi cable in one end and the other end to your hdmi port of your pc/laptop

    Boot your OS, if it is windows it will auto configure. If it is Linux set the resolution manually if it did not detect your 1080p resolution

    After this use your TV remote, select P.SIZE and make sure you change to "Just Scan" from Zoom, Wide Zoom, 4:3 and 16:9

    Your graphics card properties should have full GPU scaling (which will be enabled by default)

    Now you can see your OS in your TV.

    Use XBMC to play your media in linux. XBMC will auto detect vdpau and utilize your graphics card for hardware decoding of movies

    If you have windows 7 your VLC player or Home Cinema 64 bit will be able to utilize directx 11 for decoding video through graphics card. Again you can try xbmc here. Windows should support all this things trivially

    If you have a Mac Mini, it comes with hdmi out and it is a piece of cake to connect to your TV.

    Hope this helps