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Connecting PC to TV

by Dragonbssj / March 2, 2006 4:35 PM PST

Hi there. (This Computer is not yet build tho)

Im trying to make a DVR PC as i believe its called.

A picture of what im trying to do can be found here.

http://tinyurl.com/l7lgf

i found a site that telled me what i will need.

http://www.makezine.com/extras/4.html

Now i mainly need to know is how exactly can i connect my PC to my TV?

On the video card that i currently have it has a S-Video on it.

Oh and im not trying to spend alot of money on connecting this to the TV. i seen some TV Tuner stuff for like $200 and stuff.. Something simple.

Like this here.

http://www.provantage.com/grandtec-gez-1000~7GRND00K.htm

PC to Video Cable One-Piece PC To TV Converter
GrandTec GEZ-1000

If anyone can help me out with this that would be great.

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Info on Provantage - Gez-1000
by lacsr / March 2, 2006 6:52 PM PST
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I did some checking on the device and found this:
http://www.siliconpopculture.com/review/57_0_2_0_M/
The picture shown on that kink is not the same device as the one shown on the Provantage link you provided but I think from what the individual tells you, this is the same type item. The device is simply converting VGA out of the video card from the normal monitor connection to something you can connect to a TV via S-video or component (RCA) connection. If your video card has a S-video out, as you already stated it does, then you do not need this.

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Depends on the TV
by joesmithers06 / March 2, 2006 11:12 PM PST
In reply to: Connecting PC to TV

Some TVs, usually higher end LCD or Plasma displays, will have S-Video inputs. MOST TVs will have at least composite inputs, and you can get S-Video to composite adapters at your local Radio Shack type store for a couple of bucks.

If you don't have any of those inputs, you need to buy a special conversion box that will convert the SVGA or DVI signal from your computer into an analog signal appropriate for sending over a coaxial cable connection which probably every TV has supported for the last 15 years.

The one hitch with all this, from the standpoint of Windows anyway (unless it was fixed in MCE), is that of resolution. NTSC TVs (like all non-HDTV TVs sold in the US since about the beginning of time) have a very low resolution. It's something like 320x280, and it's fixed as well. You can usually approximate 640x480 and even 800x600 on some higher end cards, but we're still talking some pretty low resolutions. This will affect the display of your Windows desktop, and it's completely unavoidable. Even if you created a separate user account just for watching things on TV, it would affect the other user accounts as well. This is why I generally tell people not to bother trying to use their TV as a monitor, because they're bound to be disappointed with the results. Just something to keep in mind. I can't say for certain, but my guess would be that using Linux with MythTV would not suffer from this problem. At the price of a slightly more difficult setup process and possibly a somewhat more restricted hardware selection.

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How can i connect
by Dragonbssj / March 3, 2006 7:13 PM PST
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Okay the to other people said that something about the S-Video and what not. I have a S-Video cable and the Video Card with the S-Video but the Video Card has a different kind. there are more holes on this card.

The Video Card i have is something like this.

PNY Nvidia GeFroce4 MX440

http://geizhals.at/img/pix/33164.jpg

http://images.tigerdirect.com/itemdetails/P56-2732COUT.jpg (But it has a fan on it)

The kind that my video card has looks like this.
http://www.refurbished-laptops.biz/images/svideo-photo-big.jpg

So i was just going to go by another route.
again something easy, and not a BIG price tag.
with some steps on how to do it also would help.

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