Today I spent the afternoon testing various video drivers and hardware with Bryce. My “workflow” for watching a movie from my laptop on a projector in Hardy is much simpler now. :) For ATI, everything Just Works, with one small exception: Xv. By default (at least with the open ATI driver), the Xv port displays to the LCD on the laptop instead of out an attached VGA port. This is controlled by the “XV_CRTC” Xv attribute, which is settable with the “xvattr” utility.
To watch a movie:
- Plug in projector
- Open System/Preferences/Screen Resolution
- Pick nice big resolution for the attached projector
- Run “xvattr -a XV_CRTC -v 1″ (“-v 0″ will push Xv back to the LCD)
- Eat popcorn
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