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Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2003 - 9:07 pm:   

In the past ive been able to use the TV OUT function on my video card to use
my 68cm TV as a monitor for the computer.
Lately Ive wanted to do it again but I cant figure it out and its driving me

Could someone explain the following and any reccomendations appretiated.. or
even a a step by step.. anything. The book that came with this thing is
written in hieroglyphics

1) First, in the past Ive used the female RCA 'COMP OUT' on the video card
to connect to the video in on the VCR (using a male/malke RCA cord). Is this
right ?, I swear I did it this way before but it hasnt worked.
2) The female SVidOut jack on the video card... what is this for ? There are
no cords that allow this to be connected to the VCR. It can connect to the
'TV BOX' that came with the video card but I thought that was for TV IN..
and I can get that working :)
3) There is a female VR-OUT on the video card as well, what is this for ? no
cords came with the video card that fit this? (It can take a standard audio
cable from a spaker etc)
4) The SVidIN female on the video card. I thought this was only for video IN
but the card came with an adapter which allows it to plug into an RCA,
allowing it if I wish to connect to the VCR using the male/male RCA cord. I
know its prolly not ment for this but why did they package an adpter for the
SVidIN ?

5) Once I get the correct leads plugged in what is next.
SAY I have everything plugged in correctly... I use Display properties to
change to the TV, which it detects successfully using the methods I used in
(1), Now my country (Australia) uses PAL

and heres the next confusing bit. USING THE DRIVERS that CAME with the card
and ones I DOWNLOADED it doesnt list the australian and its respective
format which is (PAL). But it says france uses PAL, and is the only one that
doesnt have a /I, /H /* behind it, when I select it it doesnt change the
format ?? I click it in the dropdownmenu and it goes back to the previously
selected format, or the default NTSC. Ive tried windows 98 and XP with
respective drivers for each OS and different versions all have this problem.


will any others like PAL/H PAL/I etc work ?, does it matter? I dont want to
watch TV I just wana use the TV as visual output??

I know its BIG and Ive done it before so its prolly really simple, but I
cant do it this time.. Answers to all or any of the above and ideas please
reply.. anything..

Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2003 - 10:23 pm:   

RCA/Composite out to Video in of the VCR Set the vcr input to video if it doesn't automatically switch when a Composite/RCA cable is plugged in. Next Set the TV to Channel 3 or 4 and switch the VCR from TV mode to VCR like you would when you watch a tape. Set the computer up like you would using dual monitors via the software that came with the card or thru Windows if applicable. Hope this helps some.
Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2003 - 10:58 pm:   

Thanks it did clear a few things up and atleast I knew I was doing it correctly before. Still doesnt work, but yeah I got a few ideas on that.

First, ive setup how E.S. suggested and how ive done in the past.
My Card (V7700 Deluxe) doesnt support dual outputs which sucks but I can live with that.
My VCR does not flick between TV and VCR mode how E.S. suggested, you just ram a tape in and play, no switching of modes.

I think the problem is the format which I mentioned in my original message. COuld someone give me some info on TV formats, im very sure australia uses PAL and not any varient but Ive been wrong before. If I had to can I use any varient like H/PAL or I/PAL or any others ??

Its very hard to test these as I can only use one display at a time. When I switch display from monitor to TV I know it comes up with a screen saying u have 15 seconds before it changes back. I just press enter here and then sit down with the TV/VCR and try to get things to work. If I cant I have to reset, and reset everything so I can use the monitor again which is damn annoying and makes it hard to try different things..

Thanks anyway...

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