My ongoing experiences with Ubuntu, and later Mythbuntu, as a media center with MythTV. I'm also using the system for a virtual machine server, a mediawiki server and a general all around home infrastructure base.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Outputting MythTV to my AV System

My next step was getting my PC hooked up to my AV system (a Denon AVR-3805 connected to a Dell 2300MP projector). I ordered a Sewell VGA to component adaptor, which is working fairly well, with a few caveats, the main one being I've only got it working at 1024x768@75 Hz and normal windows from the PC look like crap honestly, but MythTV looks fine. This is good enough for my purposes but I don't expect to be web browsing through my home entertainment system. Supposedly the adaptor should take 1280x1024@60Hz, but I can't seem to get my PC to output @60Hz no matter what I try, including adding the following to the Monitor section of my /etc/X11/xorg.conf:
# V-freq: 60.00 Hz // h-freq: 63.73 KHz
Modeline "1280x1024" 109.62 1280 1336 1472 1720 1024 1024 1026 1062
One nice plus of the adaptor is that it comes with a cable with a built in VGA splitter so it can drive both my regular LCD monitor and my AV system.

It also comes with a remote, I guess so that if you have to mount it near a projector or some place hard to reach.

But all-in-all I'm very happy and I'm now watching MythTV on my 8-ft projection screen.

The remote is still not working the way I'd like, but that's "to be continued..."