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Old 12-31-03, 10:41 PM
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Hooking my pc up to my tv UPDATE

Just for fun tonight I tried to hook my new pc up to my regular tv.

My Geforce4 TI4200 video card has the s-video plug on the back, but when I plug it in to my tv, it doesnt work.

All I get are big "stripes" (one red, one blue, one green, etc). As soon as I plug my dvd player back in it works fine.

Any ideas?

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Old 01-01-04, 12:37 AM
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You need to go to display properties and set the primary display as TV.
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This is gonna make me sound really stupid, but how do I do that in XP Pro?

CONTROL PANEL --> DISPLAY --> the what? I don't see any options to change my monitor to a tv..
Old 01-01-04, 01:23 PM
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Under the "Settings" tab, there should be an "Advanced" box. You should be able to make the change in there.
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you also might have to have the tv turned on and connected to the computer before booting for it to detect the tv and give you the option of using it, I've seen that happen on some computers
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Originally posted by mikehunt
you also might have to have the tv turned on and connected to the computer before booting for it to detect the tv and give you the option of using it, I've seen that happen on some computers
I've seen that as well. It happens with my ATI 7500.

I hope you have loaded the GeForce4 drivers. They should give you many more options under the Advanced -> GeForce4 Ti 4200 tab of your display properties.
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I plugged in the computer and then booted it up, and the lines were there.

I have downloaded the latest drivers from the nvidia website.

And yet I still dont see any place to change my monitor type! There is an advanced tab under the SETTINGS menu, but nothing that even mentions a tv...I';ll try to take some screen shots later.
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What video cards have the tv out option, but are good for games as well for less than 100? I have a Sony grand wega 42", it has hi def and s-video inputs.
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Its been several days and I'm still stumped I don't see anything that even mentions using a tv for my monitor, or any other type of display device! I should be able to use a crt, tv, or lcd monitor.

Here is my display properties window:


When I click on advanced I get this:


When I click the monitor tag I get this:


And finally when I click the properties button I get this:


If I hit the drivers tab I get this:


Any ideas?
Old 01-04-04, 11:33 AM
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I have considered doing this as well recently - just for S-N-G, but I would have a LONG s-video cord. Do they make those in 50+ length?
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See in the second picture the tab I told you to click above? Well click it.

And then chose nView Display Mode. Then click the Detect Displays button and next, the Device Settings button which will give you Select Output Device. Click on that and see what you get.
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X..here is what I get when I click the GeForce4 TI4200 tab...



I dont see a "nView Display Mode" like you said? Yes I'm a retard...
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Looks like they changed it from the one I have. I have version 6.13, you have 6.14.

Check out Screen Adjustment and Display Timing. And then expand Desktop Management so we can see what's in there.
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Here ya go!



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Are you sure you have nView installed?

http://www.nvidia.com/object/feature_nview.html
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I downloaded the latest video card drivers from nvidia's website...guess thats now what you meant.

i'll give that nview a whirl and see whats up.

thanks for all your help so far
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X...I did have Nview installed. That was the same file I had to download when I first installed my video card. (no games would work without it)

I re-installed it, but everything is still the same
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I don't know then. I'm using an older driver and running under Win2k Server and see the choices where I said above. I'm not using anything other than the DVI though so the actual TV-out choices are greyed out.
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X,

What video cards have the tv out option, are good enough for Half Life 2 and new Doom games. If those are over $300 what can I get for less than $150 that will run on my TV? I have a Sony grand wega 42", it has hi def and s-video inputs.
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I'm not a gamer so I'm not sure what power is needed for those games.

I do know HL2 comes with ATI's 9600 SE which isn't real powerful so I would think a 9600 plain/pro/xt or better would do the job. You can get a real ATI 9600 (not the stripped-down SE) from MicroCenter for $120 and it has VGA/DVI/s-video out.

I suppost GeForce4s above the 4200 would work ok as well.

The best picture though would be from running the VGA-out through a transcoder into your component inputs. Or a direct DVI to DVI connection if your set has it.
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so is there a way I can use my regular monitor output on my video card and get it to work on my tv?
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Originally posted by namrufmot
so is there a way I can use my regular monitor output on my video card and get it to work on my tv?
To a regular tv or one that can accept a progressive signal?
Old 01-04-04, 08:34 PM
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well i only have a regular tv now, so either s-video or rca cables would work.

any other web sites where I can ask people? maybe anandtech?
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You could try anandtech. A forum dedicated to nVidia would be ideal but I don't know of one offhand.
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X it has a DVI port on the back that the instruction manual says is compliant with EIA-867 standard for HD-TV but not for use with a PC any idea why? I guess I'd have to use the RGB or s-video

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