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Q: TV out/Svideo win98 ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: TV out/Svideo win98
Category: Computers
Asked by: doobydoo-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 13 Dec 2002 07:59 PST
Expires: 12 Jan 2003 07:59 PST
Question ID: 124173

I have a laptop running win98 which has aa TV out port and a panasonic
widescreen 32 inch TV.  I want to use an s-video cable to use the TV
as a secondary display.  Last time I tried to set this up I messed up
my computer so I have to admit that I need fool proof step by step
instructions.  Can anyone help me?



Request for Question Clarification by xargon-ga on 13 Dec 2002 09:26 PST
Do you know the video chipset of your computer?

Clarification of Question by doobydoo-ga on 13 Dec 2002 10:41 PST

I'm sorry - I don't know the video chipset.  How can I find this out?

Request for Question Clarification by xargon-ga on 13 Dec 2002 11:16 PST
Right-click on your desktop and select "properties".  On the window
that pops up, click the "settings" tab, then click on the button
labeled "Advanced".  In the new window, click the tab labeled
"Adapter".  The box labeled "adapter type" will contain the name of
your video chipset.  Now click the button labeled "properties".  A new
window will appear with detailed information.  Click the tab labeled
"details" to obtain the vital stats on your video card.

Request for Question Clarification by duncan2-ga on 16 Dec 2002 01:11 PST
xargon's suggestion is a good one (we need to know what model
videocard/video chipset you're using).  I'll add it might be helpful
if you were to provide the make and model of your laptop; If it's a
common laptop model, researchers may be able to find the video output
capabilities that way.

Clarification of Question by doobydoo-ga on 16 Dec 2002 10:33 PST

Thanks for the info so far.  heres what I found-

ATl Rage mobility 128 (English)
Adapter driver info
Manufacturer ATI Tech- Enhanced
Features Direct draw 1.00
Soft version 4.oo
Current files ATI 2D RA1.DRV vdd vflatd AT12vxA1.vxDA

Hope that helps - it means nothing to me!


Subject: Re: TV out/Svideo win98
Answered By: xargon-ga on 16 Dec 2002 18:48 PST
Strangely enough, I have the same chipset in my laptop.  Here's the
step-by-step method to use:

1) Attach the S-video cable from your laptop to your TV.  Be sure the
TV is looking for a signal through the S-video cable.  You can select
this with a button on the remote (labeled "TV/Video" on most Panasonic
remotes; if not, it may be labled "source" or something similar).

2) Right-click on your desktop and select "properties".  Click the
"settings" tab.

3) There is a slider bar labled "screen area".  Move this bar to the
left until it reads "640 by 480 pixels" and click the "apply" button. 
A message may pop up after this, and you may have to restart your

4) After restarting (if you had to), right-click on your desktop again
and select "properties".  Click the "settings" tab followed by the
"advanced" button.

5) There should be a tab labeled "displays", possibly with a red ATI
logo on it.  Select this tab.

6) You should now see three different display options: monitor, panel,
and TV.  The panel option will already be selected (since you are
currently using it).  Click on the button (on/off switch) for the TV
option to enable it.  A pop-up window may appear; click "OK".  The
laptop screen may flicker or go blank as the image is sent to the TV. 
It may take a few seconds for your TV to respond.  If you do not see
anything, wait for 15 seconds and Windows will restore itself to the
previous display state.

I hope this is clear to you.  If you have any hesitations or
questions, please feel free to request a clarification.  Thanks!

Subject: Re: TV out/Svideo win98
From: g_socrates-ga on 08 Jan 2003 10:20 PST
If this is a dell Laptop there is not an S-video out.  They have a
proprietary cable that connects into the port that looks like a
s-video port, but it just provides a standard video out.  (like a VCR)

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