« on: July 27, 2008, 03:56:28 am »
I have been lurking on this site for a while now and I have been playing around with LinuxMCE for the past three months in VmWare. I finally built a core/hybrid with the following specs:
Asus M2NPV-VM motherboard with 2 GB of RAM, using the onboard audio and video
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ Processor
40 GB Quantum Fireball Hard Disk Drive
WinTV PVR-150 MCE TV Tuner
Ancient DVD Drive
Phillips 42" plasma television
Wiimote and Bluetooth dongle
I basically went out and found most of the same components used in the demo video to avoid any major problems. For some reason, I was not able to install the 64 bit version (but that is for another thread). I have installed LinuxMCE 710 and it has been running fine on my desktop, connected to a 19" monitor. This afternoon, my DVI to HDMI cable arrived and I moved the core/hybrid to the living room and onto my entertainment stand. I plugged everything in and the final connection was for the video output. This is where everything just came to a screeching halt. I am getting nothing on the screen, it almost seems like there is no video out signal. I have done the following to try to correct this problem:
Google search - found nothing that was specific to this problem
Asus Forums - recommend updating BIOS to the version that I already have
Searched LMCE Wiki - nothing that was specific to my problem
There was nothing in the BIOS that I could change that was specific to the DVI-D output on the motherboard other than to choose the primary video out,
which I set to "onboard" (as opposed to PCI or PCIe).
I installed an old MSI PCIe video card (with ATI chipset) that also has an DVI-D output and S-video output and neither of those worked, I did change the
BIOS to use PCIe for the primary.
The only thing I can think of is that I either have a bad DVI to HDMI cable (and I have no idea as to how to test this) or the onboard DVI output is bad on my motherboard. I know the HDMI port works on the television because my DVD player plugs into it and it works fine. If anyone has any suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated. My plan now is the next time I have a chance, bring the DVI to HDMI cable to Best Buy to see if they have a way of testing it. Other than that, I might just have to buy another nVidia graphics card.
Again, any suggestions or help is greatly appreciated!