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The pc now has a 7 point s-video port (tv out). The TV is a regular old style TV.
I bought a cable that takes the 7 point s-video to the video-in port of the TV, and a wire to take the sound to the TV system speakers (l+r).
I have tried to read up on this and from what I can tell I just have to plug them all in boot up and turn the TV on as if it was a monitor.
However when I do this the screen on the TV remains blank. Am I missing something? Is connecting the pc to the TV as simple as I describe above?
The pc is not connected to any other monitor just the TV. I plan on using it as such to play games, messenger etc.
[edited by: Visit_Thailand at 1:13 am (utc) on Dec. 23, 2007]
I attached the pc to the video 2 of the tv and I managed to get the start up screen but then the tv screen goes to the generic blue video screen just before the window log-in screen appears.
Strangely I can log into safe mode without any problem. Although I must admit the picture is grainy and not good resolution.
What I may do is just buy a small LCD tv as the video out on the pc has three slots, the regular monitor, the s-video out and a flashy looking LCD port.
I wondered whether it is the resolution as well, which is why I am leaning towards getting a new TV rather than splash out on a new monitor.
I suspect any non-HD TV will be the same - a monitor is likely to be cheaper than a TV in terms of dollars per pixel.
Most of the cards I see these days have specialize software that handle their advanced features.
I do this myself with my Canopus converter but only so I can preview video for DVD that I'm working on.
I had already tried playing with the resolution in safe mode but it would not change, due probably as mentioned to the res of the TV.
I will check the graphics card and see what success that brings.
Reason I thought of buying a LCD TV rather than just a monitor is because while the monitors are cheaper the small TV is only a few thousand Baht more expensive plus I can watch HD TV on it which may come in handy. Plus it will mean less clutter.
Thanks again and as it is already Xmas here, Merry Christmas / Happy Festive Season to all. :-)
I've heard of them before, I think they're supposed to be pretty good.
You can get a USB Freeview adapter off eBay for about 30 quid. In the UK we have a free digital system called freeview, as they're finally turning off our analog signal.
Not sure about the external models but the 150/250/350 PCI cards don't look for analog protection like Macrovision.
I have been surprised at how little "how to" information is available on this subject in the popular press. I suspect it is because there is no serious money in a easy, basic solution that works.
You may even have a way of doing this right under your nose, if you have a DV cam check the specs to see if it supports analog pass through. If it does it's simply a matter of hooking it up to your comp via firwire, hook your analog cables to the RCA/S-video jacks and wallah instant computer TV.
Is'nt very practical, the dedicated TV cards have channel options etc. They start around $30 for the cheap models. On the other hand if you want to capture those old family VHS movies using a DV cam is ideal. somewill allow you to send the video back to the cam and convert it back to analog for viewing on a TV. As I mentioned above i do this with Canopus DV converter but that's a dedicated box designed for doing that.
One thing to note, if you live in the UK cams that normally have this feature have it disabled because of a tax.
have it disabled because of a tax
Yeah, we UKarians get taxed on everything. Our 'TV License' costs £120 per year, just to own any device that is capable of receiving a TV signal. The excuse is that we have the BBC who don't have any ad breaks, and it's to subsidise them.
Incidentally, the BBC run a whole host of TV channels that do have ad breaks, but apparently the subsidy doesn't work the other way around!
How simple was it? Well, I let my 7 year old daughter do it. Daddy's taking her through computer boot camp over the next month and I figured she might as well start learning how to install software. Oh, she installed Panther too, that was just over an hour of installation. Worked perfectly too. Just gotta love those Macs!
I would be awesome if anyone could give me a hint on what to do (possibly without having to buy anything else)!