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Adding an S-Video Out to a Dual Monitor set-up

by jcoler / April 20, 2007 4:23 AM PDT

I have a PC, running XP, that has a dual head S-VGA video card. It came with a cable which splits it to two VGA outs. So I comfortably run two monitirs at a decent relolution. One goes to a projector, the other to my monitor. Cool beans.

Now I have a need for an additional s-video out (carrying the same signal as the projector), which goes to a video switcher, and ultimately to a DVD recorder. What is the simplest way to accomplish this? I have an older ALL-IN-Wonder card that could be installed at no cost, but will XP allow that?

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My understanding is that...
by ahtoi / April 20, 2007 6:56 AM PDT

svga is not the same as s-video. Are you looking for an adaptor that would convert svga to s-video?

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the all-in-wonder could co-exist, but...
by ramarc / April 20, 2007 7:45 AM PDT

so long as it has different interface (agp, pci, pci-express) than your primary video card and you have a slot for it.

but you're trying to clone a high-res (s-vga) image onto low-res (s-video) signal. that's going to be a problem unless
a) you're willing to drop the res of one of the s-vga outputs or
b) you're prepared to manually switch your video playback between output devices (s-vga or s-video).

ati's video driver can automatically send video to a preferred monitor, but i don't think it can send it to two seperate monitors of different resolutions.

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Two separate cards
by jcoler / April 23, 2007 12:26 AM PDT

If I have a PCI dual head SVGA, and one VGA card (all-in-wonder), would they not process the signal separately?

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No.
by Saber21gh / April 21, 2007 1:26 AM PDT

The video cable needs to be connected directly to the TV for Windows to configure and use it properly. Get a switcher for the TV, not the dvd.

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