Trouble Using VGA-to-RCA on Old CRT TV set

By thebaronjocelin
Mar 19, 2009
  1. Hi. I recently bought a VGA-to-composite adapter for my Dell M1530 laptop so I could connect it to an old RCA-made tube TV that I just bought at a steal from a friend. All I was looking to do was have an HTPC so I could watch some DVDs, maybe play a little (crackly, low-quality) music.

    I plugged in the RCA adapter and all the composite cables to both the TV and laptop, but there was no result, even when I pressed Fn+F8 (Dell's "CRT/LCD" switch). I went into the nVidia Control Panel (the machine runs on an 8600M) and set it up for multiple displays using Dualview, even making the primary monitor the old TV. I set the resolution of the TV-Out to 640x480 (the closest a computer can come to NTSC, I think) and the refresh rate to 60Hz.

    Still, the only effect it had was to produce a little crackly noise and a slight flicker on the TV, but it went right back to a black screen.

    Any ideas?
  2. thebaronjocelin

    thebaronjocelin TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 158

    Bump. Nobody?
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,675   +389

    Update graphics drivers and try again. Sounds like you were doing the right things, it should work.
  4. thebaronjocelin

    thebaronjocelin TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 158

    Thanks, will try.
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