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Installation issues / No HDMI video out
« on: September 06, 2013, 07:02:06 pm »
I had a working system using VDR between 2004 and 2006 using digital cable but due to work commitments I stopped playing with it and the family went back to standard STB's.

I now have a little spare time and LinuxMCE has caught my eye (I have had Pluto installed before).

I dug out some spare bits and put together a box to test run a hybrid/core to initially just stream our movies and music to 4 rooms in the house. If this is popular with the family i will add some tuners and build it into a more energy saving and quieter rig.

Test Spec is:

Gigabyte GA G31M-ES2L Motherboard

North Bridge: IntelĀ® G31 Express Chipset
South Bridge: IntelĀ® ICH7
Audio-Realtek ALC883 codec
Video-Integrated in the North Bridge-NOT IN USE
Lan-AR8131 chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)

Video Card

Nvidia GeForce 9500GT HDCP 512mb DDR2 HDMI DVI COMP

Second Network Card

Broadcom 10/100/1000

System Memory

3Gig DDR2 1333

Hard Drive

Seagate Barracuda 500Gig sata


Sata DVD Combo Drive

Usb Keyboard and Mouse

Video output test combinations are to.

LG 19" widescreen TV/Monitor connected from it's RGB to the video card's DVI via an adapter.
Toshiba Regza 32" LCD TV connected from one of it's HDMI ports (i have tried both) to the HDMI of the Nvidia Card.


19" Sony Monitor via it's RGB to the DVI of the Nvidia card via an adapter.
Samsung Series 5 32" LCD TV connected from one of it's HDMI ports (i have tried them all) to the HDMI of the Nvidia Card.

I downloaded both the 8.10 and the 10.04 .iso images and burnt the both to dvd.

I firstly tried the 8.10 install by picking LMCE install and manually configuring the hard drive.

The only issues i had was after the first part of the install i had the black screen to which i simply picked a new resolution with the number keys.
The audio also only wanted to work out of the PC front audio connector (this was the same on the 10.04 install).
Also after getting to the Kubuntu desktop and double clicking on the LinuxMCE icon, Kubuntu had swapped the order of my internal and external network adapters putting the install on the internal with no internet on the external.

Hey-ho, it was interesting installing it 3 times without noticing why it would not complete ;-)

Anyway i finally got it to complete (8.10) but there was no output on my HDMI (TV) during the install or after. Only on the DVI/Monitor connector.

So i then popped in a second 500gig hd and disconnected the first and started an install of 10.04.

This time both the DVI and HDMI were displaying correctly from the DVD boot menu. They both displayed correctly right the way through the install on both my monitor an tv until Sara made here first appearance then the TV just went blue but the monitor stayed on.

I can navigate the linux file system and edit/download and install files but just need a pointer as to which files i should be looking at to enable the HDMI out to the TV.

I have read about the xorg.conf and the pluto.conf but what to change?

Thanks for reading and I hope someone can point me in the right direction.


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