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#197738 - 02/24/08 12:31 AM Re: Anybody have their computer connected to their [Re: cameron]
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Possibly. I'm not sure about it. I've never used such a connector, but there it is.
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#197741 - 02/24/08 12:44 AM Re: Anybody have their computer connected to their [Re: Ken.C]
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As I understand it S-video is only capable of 480, so it would merely pass the 480 signal into component connectors, not send a 720/1080 signal. The S-video/component cable is only an adapter.
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#197743 - 02/24/08 12:51 AM Re: Anybody have their computer connected to their [Re: cameron]
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 Originally Posted By: cameron

Hmm... that could be a problem because I need to use my regular monitor as my primary display. I can't figure out how to get the taskbar/start menu etc. to show up on my secondary display (which is the tv) without making my tv the primary display and then the taskbar is gone from the computer monitor.


I have my laptop/projector set up in a Clone mode (nVidia card) with the projector set as primary and I get everything on both, although some of the edges are cut on the projector (not quite a perfect fit, proj: 800x600).
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#197746 - 02/24/08 01:22 AM Re: Anybody have their computer connected to their [Re: doormat]
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OK, did some digging and doormat is correct, s-video will do no more than 420 out.

Looks like no matter which connector you use to go out from your video card, you will need to convert, so pick your poison.

Try a google search on converter quality and see what you come up with. I'm sure someone out there has gone through the same deal as you and has posted somewhere.

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#197748 - 02/24/08 01:47 AM Re: Anybody have their computer connected to their [Re: fredk]
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I see that I'm busy being wrong here. VGA is not component in a different form... shows what I know. Hence the expensive converters.
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#197749 - 02/24/08 01:47 AM Re: Anybody have their computer connected to their [Re: cameron]
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 Quote:

can't figure out how to get the taskbar/start menu etc. to show up on my secondary display (which is the tv) without making my tv the primary display and then the taskbar is gone from the computer monitor.


If you are using Windows XP you should be able to just drag the task bar with the mouse from the primary monitor to the secondary and put it wherever you want it (bottom, top or side).

If it doesn’t move then the taskbar is locked. To unlock it - Right click on the taskbar > Deselect “lock the taskbar” and the check mark will disappear now you can drag it over to the secondary monitor and attach it to the bottom, top or a side.

Probably works with Vista but I don’t use that.
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#197766 - 02/24/08 10:18 AM Re: Anybody have their computer connected to their [Re: grunt]
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Sorry for the double post but the site went down before I could edit the last one.

As far as can tell not all X300 based video cards can output component signals with a simple adapter. This functionality is based on the card manufacturer not just the chipset. See these specs:

http://ati.amd.com/products/radeonx300/specs.html

You should check with the card manufacture to see if they have a simple DVI or other adapter based solution to your problem.

If all else fails you could try the ATI adapter. I doubt it will work as the X300 chipset isn’t listed as supported but it might work, or ATI could give you another option.

http://ati.amd.com/products/hdtvadapter/faq.html#2

One thing I noticed is that ATI says that with their adapter you can only run one display. So if your card’s manufacturer says that they have an adapter make sure it still allows another monitor to run at the same time or you loose the advantage of running two monitors. If this is the case you would still have to get one of those expensive VGA to component converters or better yet just get a new video card.

Another possibility, if your AV receiver will take a DVI input and convert it to component output you may already have a converter.
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#197773 - 02/24/08 11:51 AM Re: Anybody have their computer connected to their [Re: grunt]
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Grunt, thanks for the tip about the toolbar, I had no idea you could do that.

Thanks so much for all the info guys. It's amazing how much more help I received here compared to avsforum. Over there questions like mine are treated with annoyance at best.

It looks like I have a lot of research to do. It is becoming clear that my best bet would probalby be to get a new video card and make sure it does what I want.

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#197776 - 02/24/08 11:57 AM Re: Anybody have their computer connected to their [Re: cameron]
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I thought I needed a VGI to component converter, but I checked the back of my computer and it turns out I am wrong. The primary monitor is connected using the VGA output, not the DVI output like I thought which means I need a DVI to component adapter...like Grunt suggested, I wish I had a DVI input on my reciever. I have HDMI, but alas no DVI.

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#197777 - 02/24/08 11:59 AM Re: Anybody have their computer connected to their [Re: cameron]
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ooooooh... you've got HDMI on the receiver? DVI to HDMI is a fairly trivial thing, other than the HDCP thing. But you probably don't have to worry about that, since your source (the computer) probably isn't going to be hdcp protected.
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