S Video no signal from laptop

January 25, 2011 at 08:06:07
Specs: Windows XP
My laptop has a s-video outlet and my TV set has a s-video input. The problem is that there is no s-video signal coming out from my laptop so the television set get no signal. I have tried almost all settings in the laptop graphic card but nothing happened. I use Windows XP home Fred

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January 25, 2011 at 08:28:35
Did you use the function key on the laptop to transfer the signal to the s-video port? Different laptops use different key combinations, but it will be Fn + one of the F-keys. Look for montior icons on the keys:



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January 25, 2011 at 10:07:19
I found the key (F4). To morrow I will try if it works. To day I was so frustrated that I gave back the s-Video cable back to the shop.
It is evening where I live.
Thank you four your response. Fred

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January 27, 2011 at 07:49:59
I tried the Svideo cable together with the function key. It did not work. I changed to a VGA cable with the function key and all problems are solved. I am happy.
Cheers Fred

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January 27, 2011 at 08:20:55
When you use a S-Video cable, you must also set the video source on whatever you're connecting it to , to the appropriate input. E.g. On a TV, to an input other than the TV tuner - Video, or Video 1, or Video 2, or S-Video, etc.
A S-Video connection (or a composite video connection) from your video adapter has TV Out output - it's processed through a chip on the video adapter to conform to relatively ancient TV display standards, and the resulting display on the TV does NOT look as good as the display on your monitor. If the TV has a a VGA port, DVI port, or a HDMI port, connecting a cable to any one of those from your video adapter yields a much better looking display on the TV.

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