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Radeon 9600 xt/td displays only grey on secondary

By Athoz
Jul 1, 2005
  1. Hi..

    I have a problem with my Radeon 9600 xt/td.. When i hook up my TV to it, it gives a very clear image, but greyscaled... Ive been going through ATI's help, this forum, couldnt find something about it.

    Also i've been trying 4 different cables, non of those make a change, it still gives me greyscale.

    My config is

    Athlon XP 1800+
    Win XP sp1
    DirectX 9.0c
    Latest catalyst drivers
    1024 mb ddr ram
    1750 mb VM

    Hope you can help me sort this...

    Thanks in advance.

    Athoz
     
  2. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    to be sure you haven't missed anything, try digging around in your catalyst software/display settings for anything related to tv display/dual monitors. good luck.
     
  3. Athoz

    Athoz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ye i've been going through all the properties tabs, and tried everything i could find.. Also configuring the secondary to the hz it can handle toying around with the pal/ntcs settings, nothing..
     
  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    How are you connecting it to the TV?

    If you're using S-Video (aka SVHS), check if your television supports S-Video in RGB mode. If it doesn't, you most likely have to use composite video.
     
  5. Athoz

    Athoz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Euhm.. lol i always mix up these, its the ps2 (mouse) like connector (s-comp right?)

    And on my tv set there isnt an option to set it (only scart), although it has always worked with the same cable and tv on my gf4 :/
     
  6. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    you should try rgb/composite to double check then
     
  7. Athoz

    Athoz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Soz, not that of a techy on this, RGB meaning using a cable with like 3 plugs right? or is it a setting i can change...

    Again, sorry to be n00bish :/
     
  8. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    rgb uses three different cables for the video alone. i am not referring to the 3-cable yellow (video), l-audio (white) r-audio (red) combination, a common mistake people make.
     
  9. Athoz

    Athoz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Dont have RGB then. Only thing coming out of my gfx card is the normal VGA connection, the Scomp and DVI out (for which i have a plug to use a second VGA screen on), no RGB.

    My TV set has a Scart, and the white/red/yellow plugs.

    *Edit* I found a converter cable, Scomp to TV-out (yellow plug) and that too gives me only grey colors..
     
  10. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    The cable only connects wires, it does not convert anything. You need a S-Video to composite converter box (cost-a-lot) in order to make it work. Your TV may accept S-Video from the SCART - check the manual or see if you can find an input selection that says S.
     
  11. Athoz

    Athoz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    On the back of the TV is nothing like it, also the manual doesnt mention anything about it..
     
  12. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    SO your TV does not support S-Video input. You need to get an NVidia video card (those have composite output) or a S-Video to composite converter box or a TV/VCR/DVD player/whatever that accepts S-Video (sometimes called SVHS).
     
  13. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Hrm, I meant that new TVs here in the old continent recognize if something connected to SCART is sending RGB or CVBS signal to them.

    You have to configure both devices to use the same format in order to get a good color picture.

    [​IMG]
     
  14. Athoz

    Athoz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Aight, think i oughta call it quits on it, the TV set i currently have doesnt support it, the GFX card is only 1 month old, so replacing it wont be an option, the settings just wont work out. I'll go look for such a converter box, see what those cost..

    Thanks everyone for the help!

    Greets
     
  15. Industrial_Dave

    Industrial_Dave TS Rookie

    Had the same problems once... found out it the connection wasn't solid to my laptop. Wiggled it just right and everything is good. Could just have a crappy jack on either the TV or the card. *shrug* I'm sure its not that simple being you've tried multiple cables but if just one line isn't making good contact then no workie.
     
  16. Athoz

    Athoz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Nah it cant be the cables.. Tried 4 different cables, 2 were brandnew, and it were 2 normal cables and 2 gold cables so the odds cant be that bad... (can it?)
     
  17. Industrial_Dave

    Industrial_Dave TS Rookie

    Not so much thinking the cables but where they hook up to. Can plug them in and try shifting the plug around in the jack. Probably not it but if ya haven't tried I guess it can't hurt.
     
  18. Athoz

    Athoz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I tried shifting them, no dice..
     
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