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Video out on a thinkpad solved

Postby ossified65 on Sat Nov 01, 2008 10:59 pm

Hi all, i'm running mint 64 on a thinkpad x61 and can't figure out how to get the video out to work so I can hook up to a projector or my TV.. nothing seems to happen.. F-keys don't seem to do anything.
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Re: Video out on a thinkpad

Postby Husse on Sun Nov 02, 2008 8:49 am

More facts about the Thinkpad
I for sure won't hunt specs on the internet as I know these are generally unreliable
Run lspci in a terminal and post the result
You may want to use the RandR application - look for it in Synaptic
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Re: Video out on a thinkpad

Postby ossified65 on Sun Nov 02, 2008 10:31 am

Here are the results

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965/GL960 Memory Controller Hub (rev 0c)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 0c)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 0c)
00:19.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82566MM Gigabit Network Connection (rev 03)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 03)
00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 03)
00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev f3)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801HBM (ICH8M-E) LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) IDE Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) SATA AHCI Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR5212 802.11abg NIC (rev 01)
05:00.0 CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II (rev ba)
05:00.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller (rev 04)
05:00.2 SD Host controller: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter (rev 21)
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Re: Video out on a thinkpad

Postby Husse on Sun Nov 02, 2008 2:11 pm

video out

I just saw that - I hope you're discussing the VGA out, because if you want to use some S-video out I'm lost
You have the very common Mobile GM965/GL960 and there should be no problems with that
Have you tried
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gksu displayconfig-gtk
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Re: Video out on a thinkpad

Postby ossified65 on Sun Nov 02, 2008 10:50 pm

Husse wrote:
video out

I just saw that - I hope you're discussing the VGA out, because if you want to use some S-video out I'm lost
You have the very common Mobile GM965/GL960 and there should be no problems with that
Have you tried
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gksu displayconfig-gtk


I do mean VGA out.. I tried displayconfig-gtk but I don't know what it is supposed to do. Here is my problem, normally when I plug a VGA cord from my TV into a laptop port and start my computer the screen appears on TV. When I do this with my thinkpad the TV turns black and then briefly shows a portion of my splash screen (the one after login) and then my laptop screen turns black and the TV reverts to a blue screen with a message that says no VGA signal. Obviously there is something that boots up that kills the VGA out.. but I have no idea what it could be. I have to un-hook the VGA cable and reboot my thinkpad to get a picture back.

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Re: Video out on a thinkpad

Postby ossified65 on Sun Nov 02, 2008 10:57 pm

$ xrandr
Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1024 x 768, maximum 1024 x 1024
VGA connected (normal left inverted right x axis y axis)
1024x768 60.0
800x600 60.3
640x480 59.9
LVDS connected 1024x768+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 246mm x 185mm
1024x768 50.0 + 60.0* 40.0
800x600 60.3
640x480 60.0 59.9


Maybe this helps? This is with VGA cord plugged in but no picture on TV..
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Re: Video out on a thinkpad

Postby ossified65 on Mon Nov 03, 2008 10:00 am

Hi, I have come up with a work around... xrandr --auto
works great. I still don't know what this app is or why I have to use it though. I tried adding to autostart to see if the VGA out would "just work" then, but no, I have to connect the cable then use xrandr --auto

so the problem is solved.. kinda
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Re: Video out on a thinkpad

Postby Husse on Mon Nov 03, 2008 10:09 am

randr is a tool for this and a few other things
There is then Xrandr and Urandr which are Randr with a GUI
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