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Fedora Core Installation with a television

asked 2012-10-18 15:00:15 -0600

jojo gravatar image

Hey there, looking for some advice,

Im about to download and install the latest fedora core onto a dell computer, however i wish to do so using a television as the monitor, im not sure if this will cause problems as years ago when i dabbled with linux, you had to set the refresh rate of the monitor at the time of installation and to get this wrong could damage your monitor, so i dont want to damage the tv.

Ive been onto toshiba for my particular model of tv and there is no support for linux, even though toshiba boast connectivity with computers.

Anyways my television is a Toshiba with model number: 32bv501b.

Any assistance would be great.

Cheers

Joseph

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Just a note: Fedora Core is long long gone! And, IIRC, the latest Fedora Core is its 6th release, which released about 7 years ago. Since then, we have Fedora, and the latest release is Fedora 20. :P

hedayat gravatar imagehedayat ( 2014-07-21 15:57:10 -0600 )edit

LOL @hedayat :D

abadrinath gravatar imageabadrinath ( 2014-07-22 02:17:20 -0600 )edit

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answered 2014-07-22 02:30:38 -0600

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updated 2014-07-26 01:07:36 -0600

An HD TV will work with Fedora 20. I have used an HD TV with my own laptop when I installed because I had some issues with Anaconda. So, definitely is not a problem. Also, there is not a problem with the refresh rate because most laptops support 50Hz/60Hz/120Hz right now. Also, when Toshiba is ok with it, it will work with Linux. Here are a bunch of links to troubleshoot a black screen (I had that once) or just about this, in general:

http://forums.justlinux.com/showthread.php?153367-Settings-to-use-TV-as-an-external-monitor

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-hardware-18/using-lcd-tv-as-monitor-702397/

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-hardware-18/how-use-widescreen-tv-as-monitor-469738/

http://forum.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=130664

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-hardware-18/using-led-tv-as-computer-monitor-4175419052/

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-hardware-18/how-to-use-tv-as-monitor-598143/

Also, try a Google search on this. Most people seem to have positive ratings for this, which means this works.

I give you a 99.99% guarantee it will not mess up your TV and 90% guarantee it will work out of the box. If in any case it does not, the worst case, you have to troubleshoot it using Google. Some of these links might help you there in case you need them. If you have a laptop, click the two-screens button (F10 for me).

I have tried this three times:

  • my laptop - a Lenovo G510 connected to a Sony TV
  • my dad's desktop - an Acer Aspire connected to an LG TV
  • my dad's desktop - to the Sony TV

and all times, they have worked, usually at 1920x1080 pixels (full HD resolution).

HTH

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@randomuser - mark as correct? @NikTh?

abadrinath gravatar imageabadrinath ( 2014-07-26 01:03:14 -0600 )edit
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answered 2014-07-21 08:55:38 -0600

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If the Toshiba says it's suitable as a monitor for PCs, it should work fine with Linux. (Though in my experience, you will have to do some tweaking to get a decent picture out of a HD TV that's meant to be a TV and not monitor -- usually the defaults look washed out.) Some TVs will have a "PC" setting or similar.

Refresh rate really shouldn't be an issue here - that was an issue with CRTs, but I haven't had to manually set refresh in like 10 years. I wouldn't worry at all about frying the monitor. It may be unsupported, but the worst case scenario is probably that you'll have a black screen and do some fiddling to get it recognized - not that it'll be fried.

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