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Does my video card have tv-out capability?

November 19, 2010 at 08:07:59
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium, i5-460M/4GB

I just bought a Dell Inspiron 15R N5010, thinking it was going to have an S-Video out port. It didn't. So the S-Video to RCA adapter I ordered with it is useless. But the computer does have a VGA port. My video card is an ATI Mobility Radeon HD550v. I've already found on my computer where I can tell it to "Connect to a projector" by selecting "Duplicate." What I'm hoping someone will know the answer to is . . . will a "VGA to S-Video or RCA Adapter" made by "Cables Unlimited" be enough to connect my computer to my standard resolution tv?

The adapter in question costs around $10. It does no processing. It has recieved many bad reviews claiming it does not work, and the reason put forth for why it does not work is because a VGA signal has to be converted to an S-Video or RCA signal - this requires processing. Yet there is one review claiming it does work as long as the video card has tv-out capability.

Any thoughts?

Thank You,
Danny


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#1
November 19, 2010 at 08:20:07

S-video is old news & most systems no longer support it. I believe your laptop has an HDMI port though - that is better than either VGA or S-video. Which type of input is on your TV?

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#2
November 19, 2010 at 08:47:18

My tv has one S-Video input, one set of RCA outputs, and three sets of RCA inputs. And, yes, my computer does have an HDMI port, but I don't have an HD TV.

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