On 12/27/21 9:16 PM, Sidney_Kotic wrote:
> Silly question...if you plug the HDMI from the laptop directly into
> the TV and then press Ctrl-Alt-F1 on the laptop...do you get a xterm
> asking you to login?
I did, even got as far as getting a background image
up but little else. The TV doesn't recognise the (laptop)
'device' but is offering a drill to make the TV remote learn
how to control it :-)))
Anyway, the proper way to handle all this hardware
is to route EVERY source into the Av amp 1st and I
suspect that there isn't much difference between
connecting the TV directly or via the Av amp.
> Ctrl-Alt-F7 will put you back into the XWindow environment so you
> can muck with it.
With the HDMI output plugged into the Av amp I get a login
promt on the laptop, just a spinning logo or sometimes
another desktop on the TV but it's impossible to do anything
on it until you figure out that the top 10 pixels on the laptop
are the bottom of the TV image and that the mouse crosses
between them. From this I miraculously got to mouse
System-Settings on the TV and get the two screens one
over the other and finally to hit the 'mirror laptop' button.
One of the problems is that you cannot do any of this until
you make the HDMI connections which I suspect is the
reason that the 'mirror' setup used to be the default in the
first place. I don't really know what the default is but it just
used to work as it should: you plugged in the HDMI, went
to settings if needed and verified or selected the mirror option.
Now you cannot get to that dialogue!
> I kind of diddle with this...use XWindows and automount a USB drive,
> go to the F1 window and cd to the drive...go back to XWindow and log
> out. Then I can back up my home directory and almost all the files
> are just sitting there idle.
The grandchildren were over for Christmas dinner amid
the necessary pandemic constraints and all. While the
womenfolk were panicing in the kitchen I 'the techie' got
asked to plug-in some kid-movies to keep them quiet
for half an hour. Remembering that the last time it just
worked I said "no problemo" but ten minutes later took
all the wires off and stowed the laptop. I'm a very
patient type so not even the first two seconds of the
above are ever going to get repeated. I will postulate that
90%+ of users plug their Av amp or TV into the laptop
RDMI port for ONLY this: to watch EXACTLY what they
see on the laptop monitor without having to do diddley
else. And this miraculous conjunction had in fact already
been achieved but then someone had to muck it up.