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05-26-2009, 02:55 PM
Don't know if you noticed but this is the Ubuntu/Linux on mini 10 forum and the instructions you gave would only work under Windows.
As it happens though, I have made progress with getting a decent HDMI picture out of my mini 10 when running under Ubuntu. I installed jaunty alternate i386, updated all packages to the latest then added these repos:
deb Index of /ubuntu-mobile/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
deb-src Index of /ubuntu-mobile/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-psb
Reboot and you'll have X running at the right res on the internal screen and better HDMI support than is in belmont, as 1280x720 (mostly) works. This is my initial review of the current state of GMA500 support under Jaunty which I've just posted to the Ubuntu forums:
There will be people on here who have very minimal video requirements who will basically only require that they can get the full res out of their screen- well for those jaunty has arrived as all is working fine 'cept advanced graphics features in that atm there is no Xv (Video accel.- full screen youtube etc. is too jerky to be watchable), glxinfo does say Direct Rendering is available but there is no 3D working 3D accel yet as far as I can see as compiz doesn't work, even after adding psb to the Whitelist and enabling 3D accel privs for your user and some simple 3D games (foobillard, gunroar) that I've tested have verified that there is no 3D accel at present.
The good news, as has already been hinted at, is that HDMI is now working better than ever before on the mini 10 in that I get a 1280x720 image on my TV as soon as X starts (I need to log out if already logged in for the HDMI picture to come up). Unfortunately, this still has problems:
* No sound! I've checked both alsamixer and paman but both only see an analogue HDA intel alsa device. I can get sound coming out of my mini 10 but not via HDMI cable through the TV.
* Picture doesn't fit. I've not tried experimenting with the various config options xrandr offers to resize and reposition the HDMI display yet but I cannot see the full desktop on my TV, I'd guess that about 10-20 pixels round the edge of the screen are being obscured. I was hoping my TV would offer an 'auto-zoom/ position' function but it doesn't sadly. Can you see your full desktop on your HDMI screen without any manual adjustment woodhouse, anyone else?
There are basically no configuration options available for adjusting displays available under GNOMEs screen config tool. I know suse have a good graphical display config tool as part of YasT that does what I require but is there not a better xrandr GUI available to Ubuntu/Debian/GNOME users?
Playing with external displays under Jaunty/GNOME has only highlighted to me that GNOME still doesn't handle the whole deal too well as it normally results in your GNOME panel icons getting moved about and their order messed up. I hope GNOME 3 will solve this problem.
HDMI audio works!!
For those few programs that actually care about what setting you've chosen under System -> Preferences -> Sound then you've got to choose
HDA Intel MID INTEL HDMI (ALSA)
For all your sound settings, that will then make at least Totem/'Movie Player' use your HDMI screen to output the sound.
Totem, like Flash, gets really jerky when you try playing any videos full screen with the current jaunty psb driver, so instead I'm using smplayer to play video files on my hdmi screen as smplayer lets you select the alsa hdmi audio output, which firefox and vlc can't see. To get hmdi audio output working under smplayer, push CTRL+P for the prefs., click on the 'Audio' tab and then choose
alsa ( 0.3 - HDA Intel MID )
For the 'Output driver' option then choose Apply / OK
So I have actually seen every bit of hardware (at least almost fully) working under Linux on my Mini 10 now, just not all at once and under the same version. I have seen 3D and accelerated video working under belmont/Hardy, compiz working under intrepid and now I've seen a nigh on 100% working HDMI under Jaunty- someone just needs to pull the right strings now and we cold have a fully working driver under Jaunty soon, I'd hope!
Can anyone tell me how I might be able to get the sound output by flash under FF to be redirected to the alsa HDMI output and if there is a better tool for Ubuntu users wanting to calibrate their displays via gui than the one that comes with GNOME?
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