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    Default USB 2.0 To DVI / HDMI /SVGA Adaptor

    I want to play avi files from my netbook to the HDMI port on my TV screen at home.
    I can buy a device that will do the job on windows, here's a link to it: USB 2.0 To DVI / HDMI /SVGA Adaptor (USB-VIDEO) - Product Information

    It uses software / virtual driver in windows to make a virtual display adapter which then drives the TV screen using the windows dual screen app in windows control panel.

    Is there the same or a similar technology for Linux?

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    Default Re: USB 2.0 To DVI / HDMI /SVGA Adaptor

    I appreciate your inquiry swerdna! Just yesterday I was looking at netbooks to purchase and had the same question. Thank you for posting. I look forward to any insights that others will have as well.

    What netbook do you have and specs? Did you put Smeegol on it?
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    Installed openSUSE, never going back!

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    Hi newtosuse

    I have an Acer Aspire One netbook. Processor N450@1.66GHz, 10.1" screen, 1Gb RAM, 250GB drive, 6 cell battery.

    I put openSUSE 11.3 KDE on it, works fine. When I get time I'm going to reformat and install LXDE.
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    Default Re: USB 2.0 To DVI / HDMI /SVGA Adaptor

    You might like to check out

    Lenovo USB-to-DVI Monitor Adapter - ThinkWiki

    which mentions DisplayLink DL-195 devices (claiming to have basic Linux support).

    I also found this unit which has Windows/Mac/Linux drivers:

    USB 2.0 Video Card – Modes up to 2048×1152 (UGA-2K-A) | Plugable

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    Thanks deano_ferrari. I followed that link to a blog that was very encouraging. There's support for the device in our current kernel but YMMV from distro to distro plus some fancy footwork is needed to get an X server going, not for newbs like me.
    Interesting stuff though, like this one: Update on DisplayLink Linux support (udlfb in 2.6.34) | Plugable
    Maybe in another year.

    I bought one of the devices and can plug it into usb, and link it to a HDMI monitor. I get the "green screen" display mentioned on the link, which shows ublfb is present and working. Putting something on top of that to get an X server is the missing link.
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    Very interesting John. I only wish I had on e of these devices to play with. FWIW, I found this blog which may be useful to you in setting up xorg.conf to cope with this device. I guess it makes sense to test this via another linux install (dedicated partition) initially. The 'green screen' was encouraging. I sense another tutorial coming along...

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    Thanks Dean, very interesting. It will be good to see the future developments on that blog.

    Tutorial? I've stopped writing for the last 6 months or so. Very busy with work. And revisions of tutorials are badly needed to keep them contemporary. Too much to do .... mutter, mutter LOL.
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