What do I need?
- a Thinkpad T30 (will probably work in related models like T31, too)
- an SVideo cable
- a TV set with SVideo input (I have not yet figured out if the TV must support NTSC or if PAL/PAL60 are sufficient)
How does it work?
- select the
vesagraphics driver in
- attach SVideo cable and turn on TV set before booting the laptop
- under X, use
atitvout -f tto switch to TV output
- for fluent video streaming, use
xvidixoutput driver (
The Thinkpad uses this graphics chipset:
0000:01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon Mobility M7 LW [Radeon Mobility 7500]
The problem with this chipset is that it’s too old and thus not supported by the proprietary ATI driver. For these old chipsets, no future support is planned. So the proprietary driver can’t be used.
XFree86’s free ATI driver (
radeon) does not support
TV-out. So this driver also can’t be used.
The only driver left is Xfree86’s
vesa driver. While
this sounds very slow, it’s not that bad.
xvidix driver is fast enough while other things
(e.g. scrolling in an xterm) are slower. If it is too slow for you,
you must work with two different Xserver configurations (one with
vesa for TV-out and one with
normal work or 3D acceleration). Personally,
fast enough for me and I don’t use 3D acceleration, so I’m happy with