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Video Card S-Video capability?

By tctenor
Jan 12, 2006
  1. How can I tell if my video card has S-Video capabilities?
    I can not get any images from my computer to my TV.

    Thanks,

    tctenor
     
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    They easiest way to tell, is by checking if it has an S-video out port on the back of the card.

    What make/model is your video card?
     
  3. tctenor

    tctenor TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes, I do have an S-Video port and actually have had
    an S-Video cable hooked up to my computer and a television
    with a modulator (I think that's what it's called, lol) between
    the two.

    I have a Compaq Presario 2100 Laptop. I checked my
    Device Manager and the following devices were listed
    under the Sound, Video and Game Controller devices:

    ALi Audio Accelerator WDM driver
    Audo Codecs
    Legacy Audio Drivers
    Legacy Video Capture Devices
    Media Control Devices
    Unimodem Half-Duplex Audio Device
    Video Codecs

    I hope this is one of these is my video card. If not, how do
    I find out the make and model of my video card?

    Thanks,

    tctenor
     
  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    It's under "Display adapters", not "Sound, video and game controllers".
     
  5. tctenor

    tctenor TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I went to "Display Properties", clicked on "Advanced", then on the
    "Adapter" tab. Under the "Adapter" tab it said that the Adapter
    Type is RADEON IGP 320. Is the the type of Video Card and how
    can I tell from that if it has S-Video capabilities.

    Thanks,

    tctenor
     
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,647   +323

    Right click on desktop -> Properties -> Display -> Advanced. In there somewhere you will be able to select between your laptop screen and TV. Its likely that you won't be able to display on both at the same time.
     
  7. tctenor

    tctenor TS Rookie Topic Starter

    When I right click on the desktop, I get the Display Properties.
    I do not have a "Display" tab. The only tabs I have are the
    following"

    Themes
    Desktop
    Screen Saver
    Appearance
    Settings

    So I clicked on the "Settings" tab, then on the Advance
    tab, then on the "Monitor" tab. I have 2 selections there:

    Default Monitor and Digital Flat Panel (1024X768).

    Is this where I need to be? I can't really check anything out
    as the monitor and other accessories are at the church I attend.
    So I really won't be able to find out what the results are until
    Sunday.

    Thanks,

    tctenor
     
  8. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,199

    Most Radeon IGP laptops and desktops do indeed have TV-Out. It's just a case of finding the proper drivers to support enabling this.

    Before trying anything, I'd recommend setting a Restore Point. This way, if you mess anything up, you can always restore back to that point. On the Start Menu, Programs, Accessories and System Tools you'll find System Restore and can create your own restore point there.

    I'd try getting two things:
    1) The Catalyst 5.11 drivers WITH Control Panel at www.ati.com (Find a driver, previous drivers).
    2) Hit http://www.driverheaven.net/patje/ and get the Mobility Modder tool.

    The Mobility Modder will allow you to use just about any ATI Catalyst drivers with Radeon IGP or Mobility chipsets. You just have to extract the drivers first, run the modder, then run the driver setup manually in the C:\ATI\Support folder.

    With the 5.11 Catalyst drivers, you should have special TV-Out section in your Advanced Display Properties to enable or force the secondary/TV display.

    If you have problems installing the Catalyst Drivers, you can also try:
    www.drivercleaner.net

    Install this and run it's Live-Update to ensure it has the latest cleaners.. But don't run it yet!

    Uninstall all ATI or Radeon IGP video drivers from the Control Panel, Add-Remove Software, then reboot in Safe Mode and run Driver Cleaner Pro to cleanse any old video drivers.. then reboot into normal mode and try the 5.11 + Mobility Modder install once more.

    Good luck!
     
  9. tctenor

    tctenor TS Rookie Topic Starter

    THANKS to all who helped. It works.

    tctenor
     
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