Extended Desktop with TV

By Strung Out
Oct 13, 2007
  1. Hey guys, i want to run my TV as an extended desktop. I have a 7600GT graphics card, 2x DVI 1x SVideo output. My TV has multiple AV inputs with RGB and Svideo and also one with a VGA input.

    I have the adapter for the graphics card that plaugs into the Svideo output and splits into RGB and SVideo.

    What is the best way to do this. Use a DVI>VGA adapter and run a long VGA cable to the TV or run RGB cables.

    Or am i complete n00b and going about this all the wrong way? haha.

    Any help appreciated :grinthumb
  2. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,160   +198

    Just run a single s video lead to your tv :) That will do the job nicely.
  3. Strung Out

    Strung Out TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Alright, thanks man! I was beginning to think noone was gunna help haha
  4. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,160   +198

    No problems. :)
  5. Janes

    Janes TS Rookie Posts: 63



    Just keep in mind to make the cable as short as possible.

    I had the exact same setup, only a long cable and the image on the other side was horrible.

    So long SVGA = Very Bad Quality!

  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    I'd run the RGB if possible, that is thicker wires carrying 3 color signals to the TV. S-Vid carries 2 and they aren't directly colors.

    DVI-> VGA might be your best bet for good quality though. If you live in the US you can get cheap VGA cables at
  7. Strung Out

    Strung Out TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ahh the cable/s will have to be about 6m long, not in US either. I had a better look last night and the SVideo on the back of my video card is a 7 pin, so i will have to use the splitter (3x RCA 1x 4pin SVideo) as my TV only has 4pin. should i run just the 3 RCAs? or 1 Svideo and 2 RCAs for audio?
  8. Janes

    Janes TS Rookie Posts: 63

    Well. Like i said, long S-video cable gives you bad quality, so I would say your best bet will be the 3 RCA's. Let me know how it goes.
  9. Strung Out

    Strung Out TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok thanks, ill give it a shot this weekend.
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