Does TV tuner card, or graphics card, let you play DVD's & watch on TV?

By macx
Oct 30, 2005
  1. Building new system,
    ASUS P4C800E-Del board,
    ASUS TV tuner card
    ASUS GEForce 6600GT graphics card

    Will that setup allow me to put
    a DVD into the computer and
    hook it up so I can watch it on
    the TV? Bigger screen of course.

    Graphics card has S-video and "composite"
    TV output - would that mean
    I'd have to have an S video
    hookup on the tv to connect?

  2. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

    TV-Out on the videocard will allow you to watch DVD's on your TV.

    Of course, this assumes you have a DVD player (such as WinDVD, PowerDVD or other popular DVD viewing program).

    It means if you have a standard Video-In RCA connection on your TV you can use this... -or- if your TV is fairly new, it should also have S-Video Video inputs as well. Your videocard supports both of these methods of video-out, so you can use either.

    If your TV is fairly new, it should have both RCA/Composite Video-IN and SVideo inputs. Prefer SVideo though as it has better resolution and quality compared to rca-cable/composite.
  3. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 688

    Yes, I'll have Nero as well as WinDVD (isn't that
    in XP?)

    I looked at the ASUS site, at the graphics card.

    It says it has TV-out, but just looks like S Video
    out from the picture of the card, no RCA jacks
    that I could see. (S video DOES output both
    video & audio?)

    I'm away from home on a job out of state so
    just have the old TV with me - I'm pretty sure
    all it has are the RCA jacks (I'm at work right
    now) - I don't suppose there's any type of
    adapter to hook up an S video outlet from the
    card to an RCA jack on the tv?

    Not even 100% sure it has an RCA jack -
    just in case, how about an adapter from
    S video to a standard coax into the TV
    JUST IN CASE that's all it has? :(



    Well, shoulda searched before I asked -
    of COURSE there are adapters!

    Seems nowdays there is just about
    anything available that a person can
    conceive of, even some things that
    I've never dreamed of!
  4. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

    If it's an ASUS, it should come with such an adapter. They usually include a small cable with svideo->rca that plugs into the svideo out on the back of the card.

    Svideo does not carry audio- just video. And "Composite" means RCA, which is why they include the cable. If you wish to run the audio from your computer to your stereo system, you'll need a mini-phono to 2-RCA adapter to plug into your soundcard. You can get these at Radio Shack for like $5 or so.

    See the pic here from NewEgg of the kit that comes with the Asus 6600GT- the cable is svideo->rca: 128MB GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X Video Card - Retail
  5. macx

    macx TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 688

    That's what I thought I had read about S video.

    The board has pretty decent sound and speaker
    outlets right on it, so I could just get the sound
    off of that.

    I'll have to look in that card box, don't remember
    if I saw that cable or not.

    Thanks much!!!
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