[mythtv-users] Starting myth
Chad J McQuinn
chadmcquinn at insightbb.com
Thu Mar 18 13:08:10 EST 2004
I haven't done quite the same thing, but a similar trick that worked
for me was to set up XF86Config-4 with the settings I wanted for myth,
then create a XF86Config-cmcquinn (both in /etc/X11) with the settings
I wanted for normal use. I did this because on my TV, I want myth to
run at 640x480, but this is pretty much unusable if I want to do web
browsing or anything else. Also I use the NVidia drivers with overscan
for myth, but didn't want overscan for normal use. I have gdm set to
log in the mythtv user automatically, and then for the cmcquinn user I
have created ~/bin/cstartx which has these lines:
startx -- :1 -xf86config XF86Config-cmcquinn -dpi 100
the ":1" sets the display number, the "-xf86config" line tells it to
search for a non-standard XF86Config, and dpi sets the resolution.
Using this, myth is on VC 7 (ctrl-alt-f7) and the higher-resolution,
non-overscanned desktop is on VC 8 (ctrl-alt-f8).
This was a wonderful solution for me because if I switch from the
non-overscanned display back to the text consoles, they are not
overscanned either which has been a big problem for me with the NVidia
You can also set up a second xdm/gdm to run in this way but I didn't
look into it very carefully.
So, the short answer is, make an XF86Config that works on your DVI out
(only) and another one that works on your VGA out (only). Start
separate X servers using the different config files.
It also helps to make sure you are running a lightweight window
manager, no screensavers, etc on the second display.
On Mar 18, 2004, at 7:13 AM, Patrik Lockne wrote:
> Patrick Reynolds wrote:
>> Same as you: init runs 'su mythtv startx'
> While we're at it I'd like to complicate matters somewhat. I use my
> computer both for MythTV and for other work. I'd like to start gdm on
> one of my outputs (DVI) and mythfrontend on the other (VGA - connected
> to the TV).
> How do I accomplish this? Start a separate X server as my myth user on
> the second output?
> Anyone who's done this? As you might tell, my knowledge in configuring
> XFree86 is limited.
> I'm using Fedora Core 1 on an ASUS Pundit (using the onboard video).
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