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Topic # 24277 19-Jul-2008 20:09
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I recently bought an s-video cable (pretty that's what it's called) to connect my laptop to a tv so that I can watch movies off my laptop on tv screen. I've got the audio cable for it as well.

Unforuntately our TV is quite old and it doesn't have the correct video plug in the back, only audio plugs. We've got telstraclear and our decoder has audio and video outlets in the back of it. I was wondering if it's possible to have the s-video cable running from my laptop into one of the video plugs in the back of the decoder, and make the decoder tell the tv to play what's on my laptop?

probably a long shot, but I was just wondering if this would be possible?

 

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  Reply # 149518 19-Jul-2008 20:24
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there used to be devices that took the composite ables and converted them to an aerial connection for games consoles, rf modulators or somethings like that they were called.  you could ge tone of those,and then when you want the laptop, unplug the aerial for a new one that comes from the laptop and have a channel set up.

Might be a bit much fluffing around though.




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  Reply # 149525 19-Jul-2008 21:42
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Its likely unless the telstra box is a pvr that all the plugs on the back are outputs, so plugging an input into them isnt going to do much.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 149526 19-Jul-2008 21:42
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As previous poster says going s-video to composite with something like this and then modulating the output to RF would probably work. Might be $50 bucks all up including the power supply.

Alternatively if you have a video recorder I think they can modulate a composite input to RF.

Don't know about your Telstra box. Does it actually have composite video inputs or only outputs?

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  Reply # 149533 19-Jul-2008 22:20
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only outputs.  The only input to a tcl box if the aerial cable




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  Reply # 149543 19-Jul-2008 22:45
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So there is no front input on the tv even?

most of the "no input" tvs seem to have a couple of scart plugs on them, have a look for one, if there is then you can get an adapter at DSE. All tvs since the 80s have had at least composite in on them, which you can get out of a svideo with a passive adapter.




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  Reply # 149580 20-Jul-2008 08:57
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Perhaps you could always go down the path (since you have a laptop) is to buy a "Technotrend CT-3650" plus you would need a Irdeto CI CAM module and ditch the TCL Decoder.  This would mean you have your TCL smart card plugged into the cam+technotrend and watch TV on your Laptop.







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  Reply # 149620 20-Jul-2008 13:14
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richms: So there is no front input on the tv even?

most of the "no input" tvs seem to have a couple of scart plugs on them, have a look for one, if there is then you can get an adapter at DSE. All tvs since the 80s have had at least composite in on them, which you can get out of a svideo with a passive adapter.

there is a video input thing i think, it has the symbol above it which is an arrow pointing into a box, like ->[] sort of. but the input is this huge blue plug thing which I've never seen before on anything else and have no idea where i would buy a cable for it.


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  Reply # 149651 20-Jul-2008 16:15
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Post a picture of it, but by a huge blue plug it is probarbly a scart plug, google it and see if it matches




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  Reply # 149682 20-Jul-2008 18:08
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richms: Post a picture of it, but by a huge blue plug it is probarbly a scart plug, google it and see if it matches

yep i googled it pretty sure that's what it is

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  Reply # 149688 20-Jul-2008 18:59
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nolem:
richms: Post a picture of it, but by a huge blue plug it is probarbly a scart plug, google it and see if it matches

yep i googled it pretty sure that's what it is

Here is a picture of a SCART connector.  I didn't think any of the TCL decoders came with SCART, they were only composite & S Video.
Still think getting a DVB-C card is the way to go IMHO ;).. Or someone is selling a Dreambox on Trademe that will work with TCL Cable if you are a digital subscriber... now who could that be ;)







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  Reply # 149695 20-Jul-2008 19:50
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BarTender:
nolem:
richms: Post a picture of it, but by a huge blue plug it is probarbly a scart plug, google it and see if it matches

yep i googled it pretty sure that's what it is

Here is a picture of a SCART connector.  I didn't think any of the TCL decoders came with SCART, they were only composite & S Video.
Still think getting a DVB-C card is the way to go IMHO ;).. Or someone is selling a Dreambox on Trademe that will work with TCL Cable if you are a digital subscriber... now who could that be ;)


its not the decoder that has the SCART thing its the back of my television

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  Reply # 149714 20-Jul-2008 22:02
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Get one of these from www.des.co.nz Adaptor SCART-RCA Gold
P6699 $20. Plug it into the TV SCART plug and now your tv has RCA style plus that you can connect directly to the cable box.

There  are also cables like this one.  DSE Cable S-Video Plug + 2xRCA Plug OUT - SCART IN
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  Reply # 149720 20-Jul-2008 23:23
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The cable is for output, like for getting svideo out of a skybox, not input.




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  Reply # 149735 21-Jul-2008 01:23
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I think maybe you guys are misunderstanding me.

 

I am able to do this?

 

Laptop with s-video cable -> scart plug thing -> display laptop screen on tv

 

i want to be able to watch movies on my laptop on the tv, can a scart plug do this? the decoder thing was an idea at first but its obviously not possible, so decoder is out of the picture now.


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  Reply # 149736 21-Jul-2008 02:16
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yes.

you will need an audio cable as well since the svideo one you have will only do sound.

$2 shops usually have the headphone to 2 rca plug cables, or go to dse and pay $15 for one.




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