HDMI output with free nvidia drivers

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Joined: 12/20/2010


I've been trying to connect my laptop to my TV using the HDMI port, but I'm having some problems. The TV shows up in the display preferences, but it's impossible to get anything to show up on the screen. I've done this before on Ubuntu, but then I had the proprietary driver. Is there anyway to do this using only free software?

I'm running Trisquel 4 on an Acer Aspire 5738zg.

lshw(graphics card only):
description: VGA compatible controller
product: G98M [GeForce G 105M]
vendor: nVidia Corporation
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
version: a1
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list rom
configuration: driver=nouveau latency=0
resources: irq:16 memory:f2000000-f2ffffff memory:d0000000-dfffffff(prefetchable) memory:f0000000-f1ffffff ioport:2000(size=128)

Appreciate any help :)


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Joined: 02/07/2010

Unless I'm mistaken, it would seem that HDMI output is not supported for your card yet. TV-out doesn't work with 8xxx series cards and above and HDMI audio doesn't work at all.


You could try using an S-Video connection if your TV and graphics card have the necessary ports. This is how I connect my laptop to my TV, although you will lack audio output. I'm not sure if Nouveau supports S-Video output, so you could give the standard VESA driver a go as a backup plan.

Joined: 12/20/2010

Thank you. I don't have a S-video output on my computer, so I can't do that. I'll check out using the VESA driver.