Workaround for nVidia Linux driver TV-out scaling problem

If you’re using a GeForce 8×00 graphics card and the binary blob from nVidia you’ll may notice that the picture on your TV is slightly larger than the area the TV can display; a part of your desktop will be invisible.

That is pretty annoying, especially when watching movies with subtitles and half of the subtitle is unreadable just because of that.

Now, the following is a little something that works fine at least for Mplayer…

Mplayer provides the command line switches -screenh and -screenw which you can use to rescale the movie on the TV a little bit. For me, the following command line works out pretty fine:

mplayer -screenh 725 filename.mkv

Give it a try, play with the values and let’s hope nVidia will fix this nasty issue one day…

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Tsukasa

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2 thoughts on “Workaround for nVidia Linux driver TV-out scaling problem”

  1. Does anyone resolve the problem?
    I’d like to see the whole Desktop, I google a lot but I don’t find any solution…

    -nicola

  2. [quote comment=””]Does anyone resolve the problem?
    I’d like to see the whole Desktop, I google a lot but I don’t find any solution…

    -nicola[/quote]
    It seems this problem won’t be solved through the software side (which I personally think is regretable).

    At least for me it’s no longer an issue as I have retired my old CRT and went for a digital TV. Scaling is fine now, although this is of course no short-term solution and quite expensive.

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