S-Video to TV. How does it work?

By skarmory2002
Feb 3, 2007
  1. I have a video card (geforce 6600) that I am trying to set up so I can use my t.v. as a monitor. Can someone tell me the proper way to do this. Thanks!
  2. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Instruction location

    If you video card has video out,it's explained in the manual.
    Also described in card details at the website.If it can do it.
    ATI All in Wonder is an example of one that can.
    Your TV also has to have svga inputs.
    You do this "before you buy a card" :)
    Then theres sound out to deal with !
  3. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Heres my options

  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Desktop video cards usually detect outputs only at startup, so:
    Turn off the TV and the computer. Connect the cable. Turn on the TV. Turn on the computer.

    You do have the proper cable, right? :p
  5. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Partly Agree

    That how i did it except i turned the TV on to the Video in circuit.
    I had 3 + TV.You might have to do this with the remote.
    Then as my pic shows,you can select TV or Monitor,or Both.
    If you have a TV out card and your TV has Video in.
    That is.
  6. skarmory2002

    skarmory2002 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 44

    I do have the right cble, I have checked that it fits properly. there is an adapter that I use so it gets converted to RCA. My computer detects the tv and uses it as a second monitor but the t.v. does not show anything. Perhaps this is a cable problem or one of the pins is bent? Could there be anything else?
  7. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Uhm.. You have to tell your TV to use the AV input? Do you have a button labelled "AV" on your remote? Try pressing that a few times.

    Is the mini-DIN connector on the video card with 5 or 7 pins?
  8. skarmory2002

    skarmory2002 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 44

    Its a 7 pin s-video adapter that changes from svideo to rca.
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    You shouldn't be dealing with the yellow RCA (composite) at all if you have an S-Video out (4 or 7 pin). Just set your TV to s-video in, set your computer to use the TV. You may have to drop the resolution to 800x600 or 640x480 to get it to display. You may even have to have your monitor off in the software and only the TV on.

    I've personally had problems with going from S-Video to yellow composite as well as yellow composite to coax on 2 different machines in the past. Its better to avoid switching connections. I don't know if there is a good reason for not being able to do this or if I was just doing something wrong.
  10. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Monitor Receivers

    Thats what you call these with TV and eg:VCR in.Use the VCR connection
    for your PC cable.
    We all have the right idea,but i'm not sure if skarmory2002 understands
    setting his TV monitor to eg:video1,or the VCR connections.
    But i understand the conversion to RCA.His doesn't have S-video in.
    But skarmory2002 are you useing a yellow "video cable" ?
    Red and White are L and R audio.
    I also agree 800 x 600 is probably the best you'll do unless your video card
    specifies better.Read the cards stats on this feature.
    But answer this.When your watching TV can you swith it off and choose
    a video channel ? Then the screen is black,right ?
    Then boot to Windows and set it to TV as my picture shows,click TV or both.
    You'll also find your TV color and contrast need changeing for this.
    Please point out what isn't explained well enough.
    If your TV is black,you havn't set the video in option.
    What is the name of connection where you plugged in the RCA ?
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