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Wannabe Geek

Topic # 23466 30-Jun-2008 12:25
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Can anyone help me please? 

I am having some problems with my s-video, seems I cants see anything on my tv, Am using a 4 pin cable (Philips) brought from Dick-simths.  The sales rep said this should work on my compture and tv, on the back of the package it says ( Connect two audio/video sources together.    And also only has pictures of Tv,video,Audio,Dvd.    Their are no pictures of a computer on this pack.

Do you think the sales rep sold me the wrong s-video cable?  I mean it fits well and all,  but have no signal on the tv at all.

Any help would be great =)


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  Reply # 141451 30-Jun-2008 12:33
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Check your computer to see if it is outputting to the S-video connection, many laptops leave the connection dead until it is explicitly activated,

Either look for a function key on your laptop to enable the connection, or try right click on the desktop for screen properties where you should be able to activate any mirroring or spanning,

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  Reply # 141453 30-Jun-2008 12:35
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Assuming you're using MS Windows, right-click on the desktop and bring up Properties. Check that you've got a dual-screen setup or similar. You may need to turn on the s-video output somehow through this dialogue box. What video card are you using, and is your pc a laptop or desktop?

Typically you can use the TV monitor as either a clone of the desktop or as an extension.



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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 141497 30-Jun-2008 14:01
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Thanks for your replies.  I am using a PC and have connected the S Video cable to the back and to my TV.  Looking at my keyboard I do not have a Fn function key like on the laptop.  If I go into the display properties there is no options like suggested above.

Any chance you might know how to check if I have got a video card for the S Video slot, is it likely that I do not have a card.

I have NVIDIA GeForce LE display if this helps.


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