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help with computery stuff (s-video to be precise)

Discussion in 'Open Discussion (Work-safe)' started by BuckeyeNation27, Feb 13, 2005.

  1. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    ok...my laptop has an s-video out jack on it like this one
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    does anybody know how i could then get some kind of cable that allows me to project what is on my laptop screen onto my TV screen? i have a TV with an s-video input but i want to be able to do it on a TV that doesnt have one too.
     
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2005
  2. IronBuckI

    IronBuckI Calmer than you are.

    It's called an RF Modulator. You can get them at Radio Shack, or just about any other electronics store for less than $30 bucks(probably a lot less than that now). It takes the signal from an A/V jack, or sometimes an S-video jack, and converts it, so you can use coax to plug into just about any TV 15 years old or newer. Make sure that the Modulator has an S-video input...not all of them do.

    Problem is. Any TV not already equipped with s-video probably won't have shit for resolution.
     
  3. TheMile

    TheMile The Enemy

    IronBuckI is right if you want to input via coax, but another common input is RCA composite. You could use a converter like this one to get your laptop to output to composite.

    By the way, the best place on the internet, bar none, to ask such questions is probably AVSForum.
     
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2005
  4. scUM Buster

    scUM Buster kick some ass

  5. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    ok...so i bought the modulator thing at FYE yesterday and i cant get it to work. i plug the s-video cable into my laptop and the modulator. then i take coax cable into the tv right?

    i did that and put it on channel 3 and switched the modulator to channel 3 and it didnt work. im just assuming my graphics card is s-video capable because i have the jack for it....do i have to do anything with the laptop to get it to project?

    (the cable i have and the modulator are both 4 pin s-video but the laptop is 7 pin. does that make a difference?)
     
  6. Xevious

    Xevious Recovering Arcade Junkie

    The 4 pin cable will work fine. Most RF modulators have LEDs on them that indicate they are getting a signal. Do you have a green light on the modulator? If it's red then your laptop is not sending a signal.

    In that case you probably do have to do something to get your laptop to use the video out port. Usually it's a combination of a grey/blue fn key and one of the F-Keys. Likely F3 to F8 range. Hitting this combo a few times should cycle through the video outputs. If this does not work, you may need to go into your display control panel and into the settings. There may be an option for a V monitor or something like that.
     
  7. BIATCHabutuka

    BIATCHabutuka out of chaos comes playoffs

    did you try the input channel, channel 00?


    i have what i think is a RF modulator. it is basically a 4 way splitter into the red white yellow and/or S video. that is what i use and it plugs into the red white yellows and not the coax. maybe that is what you need to do.

    on a side note, man, why don't they let those splitter things be accessed by remote. i got a remote in my PDA that controls just about everything anywhere i take it, but the fucking splitter isn't in the remote age.

    speaking of remotes. why the fuck can't i turn on my xbox without getting up and going across the room. when i am tanked and want to play burnout three takedown (best game this year i have played by far) i hate having to get out of the lounger.

    final side note, anyone ever try molson XXX. i was working that and the bass ale at my sunday poker game tonight and the XXX shit is really good and 7.3%.
     
  8. Xevious

    Xevious Recovering Arcade Junkie

    It does sound like you hooked up the RF modulator correctly as well. Try this page for instructions on enabling the S-video out port on your laptop.

    http://www.svideo.com/compaq1700.html

    Biatch, it sounds like what you have is a audio/video selector. You can get these units with remotes and they would probably cost $30 and up to several hundred bucks.
     
  9. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    it has a LED but it hasnt turned on. i found a key combo on my laptop (Fn + F8, which says CRT/LCD). im guessing thats the one i want because all of the other Fn options are things like suspend, scroll lock, volume...crap like that.

    now i have the modulator that lets me either use a coax cable or the red/white/yellow cable. plugging the rwy cable in to the modulator and the tv (incorrectly on accident) and hitting the Fn+F8 keys made the TV make a weird noise. so something is going from the laptop to the tv.

    im gonna head over to that AVS forum unless anybody has more suggestions.
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    Thanks Xevious and jlb. i got it working :groove:

    having an s-video input makes the picture so much better than going through the modulator too. rep boost for you 2......and maybe other people who gave it a shot too :wink:
     
  10. Xevious

    Xevious Recovering Arcade Junkie

    27,
    Check out the link I posted on the second reply it gives specific instructions on changing the device settings under different OSes. Also, is your RF Modulator powered, and is it getting power? A lot of the ones I've seen have a LED thats on when it has power and either the LED changes color or second LED to indicate an incoming signal. If it's not on at all, check your power source.

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    Nevermind. Glad you got it working.
     
  11. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    yeah that second link helped a lot. i was clicking around the other day but was too afraid to mess with my video card settings. i got it working both with and without the modulator.
     

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