I read mixed reviews about how well FOSS drivers handle thermal power for passive cards. Anyway, we went with an AMD/ATI HD 6450 but there are a few issues.
Allow me to provide hardware info and the situation at hand:
mobo: Foxconn M61PMV
videocard: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6450
monitor/display: Toshiba 24" LED TV 1080p - trying to use HDMI port (e.g. HDMI 1)
I was suprised to discover that there is sound but, unfortunately, it was very scratchy. Most of the time, it seems sound problems are no audio at all. I predicted I'd have to add radeon.audio=1 to the grub file but maybe I don't have to do that now? I found many sound issues being no audio so that is what many posts/blogs/articles are about. So, I am hoping someone can help with the scratchy audio. Maybe there is a setting configuration change needed? Or sometimes, it is recommended to edit sound config files?
The other problem is that the monitor/TV is detected as a 72" monitor! It detects the 1080p native resolution but because it perceives a 72" monitor, the picture is not very sharp and the icons are overlapping off the screen. Any titlebars also. So, this needs to be fixed.
Any ideas? Unfortunately, I have no clue what to search for or what to put in the search box. When the monitor is not properly detected, what is this called when this happens?
I'm not a HTPC expert so I have no idea what is going on or why the monitor is detected as such.
I'm not sure what other info should be provided. This isn't my setup but I am guessing that it's just configured with ALSA. I don't think pulseaudio is installed unless it's installed by default?
In the meantime, we're using a VGA connection so only 1366 x 760 resolution is available. The output for sound is going through standard 2.1 PC speakers. The sound works normally in this current configuration.
Oh, we were doing this with the onboard Nvidia, too. I haven't tried to use the video card via the VGA port yet. I'm wondering what will happen when that is tried!
Does anyone want me to run any commands or add more info? Thanks in advance for any replies/assistance!