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Old 04-03-2006, 12:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Basically what I'm trying to do is output from my laptop (which has both VGA and S-Video outs) to a TV.

The problem I'm running into revolves around the fact that it's kinda an old TV. No S-Vid in, nothing fancy, just RCA inputs.

Apparently it's actually required, both by the hardware and by any driver I've tried (ATi's official drivers, Omega-drivers...) for the TV to actually respond or something when I attempt to switch the display to it.

What I'm using right now is a VGA->RCA adapter that I picked up on eBay. I can try to switch either with the keyboard command (Fn-F4) or in software, and the TV will flicker a bit (yes, the TV is set to the right input), but the display comes right back to the laptop.

Can anyone help me with this? Thanks very much.

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Old 04-03-2006, 12:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know much about the hardware you are using, but I do know they make S-Video to RCA adapters that don't cost much at all and are really simple to use. Sorry if that doesn't really help you.


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Old 04-03-2006, 01:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The only problem I forsee with this is there's still no way that the TV is going to report anything to the laptop. It's as old as I am (19 years).
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Old 04-03-2006, 12:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I use an S video to RCA adapter and it works fine but then again my TV is only a few years old.

You can get them pretty easily
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