[Gllug] xorg.conf for widescren lcd tv

salsaman salsaman at xs4all.nl
Tue Jul 4 16:58:00 UTC 2006

Minty wrote:

> Anyone had any success getting a widescreen signal via VGA to a
> widescreen lcd tv?
> Sony Vaio, Kubuntu Breezy.  It's only video out is VGA.
> Sony Widescreen lcd tv, with a VGA input (also s-video, HDMI and scart)
> Both support the same 1366 x 768 resolution - the laptop has a
> widescreen display, and runs happily at that resolution out of the box
> with Kubuntu.
> Trying to use the TV as a second screen under xorg.conf.
> At 800x600 (or any other sane 4:3 resolution), the TV is happy to
> become a working 2nd screen [1].  But you then have to make the TV
> stretch a 4:3 picture into a 16:9 format.  Which sucks.
> At any widescreen resolution the TV gets the signal, but the picture
> is totally un-watchable.  Hard to describe, but like it's trying to
> fit a 1366 pixel wide line into 800 pixels, and thus 566 are wrapping
> onto the next line.  Or the other way around.
> Any ideas?
> [1] 
> http://notes.minty.org/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?TX1XP_-_Xorg.Conf_Configuration

I have a Sony Vaio widescreen laptop, 1280x1000. Never had any luck 
changing the resolution, even on the built in lcd monitor.

The ati binary drivers also crash on this machine, so I have to use the 
slower fglrx.

One thing I've not tried on this which might work is a xinerama 
configuration. You can have two screens with differing resolutions. That 
might be your best bet.

I'd be interest to hear anything you discover.


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