|Just a suggestion:- |
With a cheap AV switch (4 port AV switch - about AUS$20, what's that...about US$12?), you could have the DVD player connected to more than one device, selectable at the press of a button (properly set up, you could even have an option to switch to both devices, thereby having the DVD playing on dual screens).
I'm sure a switch also exists to switch the monitor between sources (such as a KVM swich, but video only). Both switches would give you the ability to switch between not only the TV and monitor (to view DVDs), but also the computer or DVDplayer (as a source for the monitor).
IMO, That would be one sweet setup.
As for connecting to the VGA monitor, my sister has a converter that connects her laptops VGA-out to a TV, via its composite (RCA:- Red, White, Yellow) inputs. If such a converter exists, there is hope that one exist to go the other way (which is what you need). I seem to recall the name "scanline converter", but I can't be certain that's completely right. I surmise that the task is to convert the interlaced scanlines, de-interlace, then using some algorithm, convert the vertical scanlines (I think 486(?) lines for NTSC and 576(?) lines for PAL) into pixels (or vice versa in the case of my sisters converter). Try Google searches using "scanline converter", "scanline to pixel", "Composite to VGA", "DVD to monitor", and anything else that might seem relevant.
Hope you find what you need.
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