S-Video to TV

April 19, 2010 at 07:34:13
Specs: Windows XP
I am working with a desktop and not a laptop with an ATI 3D Rage II+PCI graphics card. I can't get the picture to show up on TV. When I go to the monitor tab in display, there is a pull down menu showing that the card sees both the monitor and the TV, but this pull down menu does not allow for selection of one over the other. I have confirmed cables all properly installed, set to 600x800, 32 bit color, so what am I missing?

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April 19, 2010 at 08:05:59
Why are you using such an outdated card? Did you change the TV input setting to s-video? What type of TV do you have...LCD or CRT (picture tube)? If you have a CRT TV, 800x600 *may* be too high.

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April 19, 2010 at 13:47:33
I'm assuming the ATI card has a SVideo port built into it, and the TV has a SVideo port built into it, and that you have a SVideo cable connected between the two SVideo ports (4 pins on either end) .

On the TV you must select a video source other than TV. E.g. most TVs have a TV/Video button on the front of the TV, and on the remote for the TV if it has a remote.

RIGHT click on a blank part of the main desktop screen in Windows, select Properties - (goes to Display Properties) - select the Settings tab.
XP (Win 95 and up) enables only one display by default.
You should see two display screens there on the Settings window.
In XP or 2000, if you hold the mouse cursor over each display, Windows will show you if that display is Not Active. If it's Not Active, RIGHT click on that display and click on Attached to enable it.
IN 98SE and previous back to 95, and probably in ME , RIGHT click on each display screen there - if it's already Enabled and the only active screen, Enabled is checkmarked and greyed out. If it's not active, you can Enable it.

Windows will retain the second display being enabled as long as the SVideo cable is still connected to the TV, but if you disconnect the SVideo cable and boot the computer at least once while it's disconnected, you will have to enable the second display again after you have connected the SVideo cable again.
DO NOT plug in or unplug the SVideo cable while the computer is running - it's NOT "hot pluggable".


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April 19, 2010 at 17:27:51
OK iam, I am cheap. It was in my box of old video cards and had an s-video output while the newer one in my desktop did not. Just wanted to see if the s-video system works.

Anyway, tube, thanks for the advice. I did unplug is while "hot" and just corrected that. Still does not work. Don't understand and I am not illiterate. All the things you recommend I have done without success.

Any more ideas?

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April 19, 2010 at 17:29:50
Oh, iam, the 800x600 is the lowest this video card goes, and the TV is a tube Sony XBR 36-450. Works too well to get a new one that is flat when that is the only benefit.

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April 19, 2010 at 20:13:18
I also suspect that 800x600 might be too high. The normal resolution for a CRT on a TV is 'about' 640x480.

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April 20, 2010 at 12:21:05
The card has at least a part number, if not a model name and a part number

Find at least the part number on the sticker on the video card and tell us what it is / they are.

"I did unplug is while "hot" ..."

In that case you may have damaged the SVideo (TV Out) circuits on the card, and/or on the TV.

If the video card also has a RCA jack for TV Out, you can use either a video connection from the RCA jack or from the SVideo port at any one time, not both. If you connect both neither may work.

Which operating system are you trying to use this video card in?
XP or an older operating system?
XP and probably 2000 should recognize the video chipset and the SVideo (TV out) capability and install built in drivers automatically, but for an older operating system, certainly probably 98SE and below, if not ME and below, you have to install the right drivers, the right way - they're not built in.

Are you seeing two displays in Display Properties - Settings?

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