Integrated TV-OUT in Intel 915GM?

January 25, 2006 at 13:29:45
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition, Pentium M 1.6 Ghz / 504 M
I recently bought an VGA to TV converter S-Video/RCA Adapter Cable (available in e-bay, i bought a new one from computer cases and cables), it said that It will work with VGA cards that has TV-Out function capability through the VGA connector. I have an Acer travelmate 4020 with Intel 915GM Chipset, and when i checked the intel's site it said that it had "Integrated TV out" in 915GM chipset. I tried connecting my TV using the cable but didn't get any output. tried to update my graphics driver but still no use. tried to see if i had to enable anything in my bios, but when i clicked on the "advanced" settings, i got the following message. "All items on this meny cannot be modified in user mode. If any items require changes, please consult your system supervisor". i donot have any supervisor/user bios passwords set.
My bios versions are:
PhoenixNote BIOS 4.0 Release 6.1
System BIOS Ver S3A28
VGA BIOS Alviso 1219

has anybody else had success with such a setup?

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January 25, 2006 at 16:29:14
The tv out function may have not been enabled in your computer.

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January 25, 2006 at 22:03:12
This has got nothing to do with your motherboard bios, or your video bios version (which you can't change in most cases anyway).

TV out is often turned off by default.

Check in your bios Setup pages - there may be a setting there to enable/disable TV out in this case since the video is integrated.

In Windows, check in your Display Properties - Settings - Advanced to see if there is a setting for TV out, and if there is, turn it on - e.g. for a ATI adapter, that's under Displays.

If there is no TV out, that doesn't necessarily mean you don't have it - if Windows already has drivers it often does not install advanced features of video cards or chipsets, or doesn't install them properly (e.g. this is certainly true for ATI cards).

If you found no TV out setting..........

Check out the Acer site using your exact, specific model number, not just the general model number, find the exact specs.

If you are sure you have it, get the manufacturer's drivers - they will install all the abilities your video is capable of supporting.

Go to the downloads page here.

Get the Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility, and the graphics drivers.

Install the Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility.
All this does is make sure Windows handles your chipsets properly, and it will often do that better than Windows does on its own.
Of the ones listed only the first one is applicable to your laptop - the second one is for developers - all the rest of them don't cover support for your chipset.

Install the graphics drivers - follow installation directions - you may have to unistall entries for the drivers / software in Add/Remove Programs, etc.

If you have the TV out capability, it will then appear in Display Properties - Settings - Advanced.

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