PC to T.V.

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by vdubVR6, Aug 20, 2002.

  1. vdubVR6

    vdubVR6 Guest

    Anybody know of a good pci/agp card or adapter/converter that isn't to expensive that would allow me to watch movie's that I have on my hard drive(PC) on a tv. I would love to watch my DivX films on my televison. hehe


    :D thx for any help.
     
  2. 2z

    2z OSNN Gamer

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    NvidiaMX cards
    clone & span view
     
  3. vdubVR6

    vdubVR6 Guest

    Okay guy's so is there going to be any software that I would need to be able to convert VGA to NTSC or would the cards do that on there own, and what res./freq. should I set it to, or is there anything special that I need to do? And is the geforce MX series what you suggest? :D
     
  4. 2z

    2z OSNN Gamer

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    Any MX card with any detonator drivers has really good support for clone/span view
     
  5. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    the geforce4 mx's have tv-output (s-video and composite). they have that "clone and span" feature which would let you keep the screen on your monitor and output a different screen (the movie) to your tv.

    but if you don't need clone and span and want something cheaper, geforce2's have tv-output as well.
     
  6. [CpK]Bastid

    [CpK]Bastid Guest

    if u watch it on tv u cant select res....i believe it stays at 680x480 i think thats tv limits...but as usual i dunno what im talkin bout:)

    i couldnt get res changed with tv output

    i run it in clone mode
     
  7. Dimoe

    Dimoe Guest

    This might work

    Here is what i wish to add:

    When I bought my pentium2 many years ago, I got an ATI Rage II + DVD or something close to that name. It’s a 4mb card and can display 800x600@60hz on my 32inch Panasonic gauu. The pictures look great, but the text is horrible in WindowsXP or any windows version. When I run a movie or emulate playstation (runs a bit slow with 4mb card) it looks great. Basically any graphics look nice.
    You might be able to find this card in your local computer store dumpster... hope u don't mind sifting through garbage.
    COST: Priceless

    However, i would go with at least a geforce 3 with tv out.

    And here are my questions:

    1. Is the bad text thing normal when viewing on TV???
    2. Can I display at a higher refresh rate with newer cards (ie: Radeon 9700)
     
  8. Bytes Back

    Bytes Back Ex Police Chief

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    On my TV which is about 1 year old I can get a resolution of 1024 x 768. And you can also choose NTSC or PAL
     
  9. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    the highest tv output is at now is 1024x768... and it's not based on your tv at all, but on the tv decoder chip on your video card. mine's older, so 800x600 is the highest i can get. refresh rate defaults to 60hz when outputting to tv, no matter what.

    and text will always be hard to read on tv's, unless you switch to 640x480. this is because the tv vertically has 480 lines of resolution so text is somewhat readable. anything higher than 640x480 and lines start sharing pixels and you can't read s--t. unless you have an hdtv with 1080 or 720 lines of resolution.
     
  10. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    question: with a gf4ti, can you have 2 monitors and a tv hooked up and all showing different things? like spanned across all 3? or just clone? or can it only be 2 of those outputs at a time?

    and when spanning, can you have, say, a divx playing on the tv and be posting on xp-erience with the primary monitor simultaneously?
     
  11. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    yeah, same here... but the gf4's have dual-head and such so i'm thinking it might be different.
     
  12. vdubVR6

    vdubVR6 Guest

    Thanks for all the help guy's, I knew I could turn to ya'll = ),
    So I've come to a point of either getting the ATI 7500/8500 w/ tv out or I'm gonna stick to the gfMX seires, either way I should be happy. Besides it would be a step up from the graphics card I have now, D!@N S3 graphics card sucks. well anyway thanks again guys.