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Media Player video blank on TV

by Cool_Daddy / November 1, 2004 1:48 AM PST

I have a S-video out on my laptop. When I hook up to my TV and play anything with Media Player or WinDVD, the video is blank. Anybody know how to fix this?

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Re: Media Player video blank on TV
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 1, 2004 1:59 AM PST
http://www.mpegla.com/ collects royalties per stream that plays. Since's its another two bucks for that second output, most if not all players today don't allow such output. Even more so if the output doesn't have Macrovision copy protection.

One workaround might be tried as noted at the WMP MINI FAQ. Read http://www.zachd.com/pss/pss.html#screencap

Bob
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Re: Media Player video blank on TV
by KenSanramon / November 1, 2004 4:15 AM PST

Go to the control panel of your video card or video device -- it should allow you to indicate whether you want the notebook LCD to show the display or the external monitor (TV through S-VHS) or both.

Also, some notebooks allow you to toggle this function using Function/F4 (but check your specific notebook for the correct keys).

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Re: Media Player video blank on TV
by JillH / December 2, 2004 7:27 PM PST

I had this probem with my old lap top and found I could solve it by going into properties and taking thecolour resolution down to 16 million, accepting, and then taking it back up to 32 million. A pain having to do that every time - but it worked.

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