Trouble with SDTV as second monitor...
A monitor counts as computer hardware, right? Or a peripheral? Anyway...
I recently found some cables in a box for converting s-video to the yellow composite video output, so I decided to hook up my TV as a second monitor for watching videos on. The TV in question is a 32" 640x480 (It seems to work at 720x480 as well) old Zenith that only has composite inputs. So, I plug it in and Windows recognizes it. However, none of the settings I try for resolution or refresh rate work, as it stays black. I even went through the signal format listings in the Nvidia control panel (My card's a 9800GTX) and tried every composite format available, PAL and NTSC. Whenever I change formats, the TV flickers and shows my desktop for just a moment before going back to a blank screen. It also shows it for a moment when I hit 'Detect Monitors' in the Windows resolution control panel. When it does flicker on, it looks good and it's in full color.
So then I got creative and tried the component out 480i SDTV setting instead of any of the composite outs. It worked, and the TV looks great except for one problem; it's in black and white since I can only use one component out cable. With this, I can use the 720x480 or 640x480 settings perfectly. The only refresh rates available to me seem to be 29hz and 30hz, neither of which seem to make a difference.
So my question is: How can I get my TV working using the normal composite out settings? Any help would be great, watching movies in black and white is cool, but full color would be awesome.
Windows 7 Release Client
EVGA Geforce 9800GTX w/ 1gb RAM (1 s-video out, 2 DVI)
All video drivers up to date
Sound is working, as I have the red/white cables hooked up to my headphone jack, so disregard those.