how do I activate the S-Video output port on my video card
rafazap at dslextreme.com
rafazap at dslextreme.com
Wed Mar 10 17:29:00 PST 2010
On Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 3:35 PM, rafazap @dslextreme.com <
rafazap at dslextreme.com> wrote:
> The motherboard I have (Asus m3n78-vm) has a basic nVidia chipset (GeForce
> 8200) with shared memory (IIRC). It has onboard VGA out, HDMI out, and dual
> link (according to the pins) DVI-D out, probably all disabled by the video
> card (the VGA output for sure).
> I plugged in a PCI x16 video card, the GeForce 8400GS (BFG) with 512MB
> (BFGR84512GS64E). The video card has a dual link DVI-I output (currently of
> no use to me), a VGA output (currently driving this CRT), and what resembles
> an S-Video output (the port of interest to me at the moment), which the box
> says is HDTV + TV-out (with the paper manual even less clear). Does this
> mean I can use a regular S-Video cable here? Where I want to send this
> signal only goes up to regular S-Video.
> The e-manual on the CD seems to say just connect a 4 pin S-Video cable with
> the machine off. I shut the machine down and booted back up cold. The
> S-Video is still not being put out to a known-working S-Video port on my DVD
> recorder. The cable is new, but just now tested good between the same target
> port and a known good S-Video out port.
> This is the PC I use to *view* MythTV recordings (_recorded_ on an older PC
> elsewhere on the network).
> The signal's intended destination is a Magnavox DVD recorder, ZC352MW8.
> Sound seems *not* to be an issue. I may have to play with it a little to
> get the levels right, but it seems to be pretty close. It may already be
> right. I haven't scrutinized it yet.
> I connected an S-Video cable between the output of the video card to the
> input on the front of the DVD recorder. The DVD recorder has been set to use
> the S-Video port in front as opposed to the default setting of the composite
> port. And I know that the S-Video input port on the front of the DVD
> recorder works. It's working now, hooked up to the output S-Video port of a
> In case you're wondering why I even want to do this, the MythPC only knows
> how to record in the default definition (usually HD), and the DVD recorder
> records on regular DVDs, at per-DVD settings of 1 hour, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, and 6.
> Recording at the 6 hour setting degrades the quality a little too much for
> my taste, but the other settings are sufficient for most recordings. Besides
> that, the DVD recorder will do what I want without a learning curve. I just
> have to figure out how to get the signal over there. I can cut the
> commercials in Myth.
> The question is this: Does the video card only output on one of the 3
> outputs at a time? How do I activate the S-Video output port? And can I use
> both the S-Video port and the VGA port at the same time? The e-manual seems
> to say I can.
The only thing I find that even comes close is:
who is having a similar issue. Actually, I should say *was* "having a
similar issue" since he posted that 3 years ago.
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