Originally Posted by jjeff
I think that VGA to composite cable is just meant for specific video cards. If yours isn't one of them then you'll need something like this
which will convert any VGA output to S-video/composite.
BTW did you ever try your converter cable directly
to your computer, that is not
first through your splitter? Probably wouldn't make a difference but it would be an easy test. I really think you need a box like I linked to do what you want.
If your going to place a order with MP you might want to order lots of other spare cables, they have great prices compared to local and quality is quite good.
Note how on this MP cable they say it only works with specific video cards, maybe yours isn't one of them?http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
Originally Posted by timtofly
What kind of video card do you have? In my experiences I have used an All-in-one card. This card already comes with cables that "feed" s-video, component, or composite video out at the same time as the computer monitor. It can be set up so that the feed to the Toshiba has it's own "window" in the software and you can view just what you want to view through it.
It appears that DigaDo didn't read the fine print for the Monoprice VGA to S-Video/ composite converter cable.
My year-old Dell Inspiron 570 has integrated video that doesn't support TV out. So, I'm sure, that's why my earlier experiments failed.
My circa 2005 Dell Dimension E510 has a Radeon X300 SE 128MB HyperMemory video card that has it's own seven-pin S-Video output, see the photos. (The photos show the regular VGA connection to the computer monitor.) Does the presence of a S-Video output indicate the the video card supports TV out? My S-Video cables have four data pins. Does that indicate that a seven-pin S-Video connection isn't compatible with a four-pin S-Video connection?
This morning I went back to more experimentation.
First, I connected the Dell's S-Video output directly to the Toshiba DVD Recorder S-Video input (after that input was set to S-Video). In the Dell's Control Panel I set the Radeon video card to it's lowest resolution of 800x600. There was no video from the Toshiba DVD Recorder output connected to a RCA 13 inch CRT TV.
Second, I connected the Monoprice VGA to S-Video/composite adapter cable to the Dell's VGA output. I tried both the S-Video and composite video connections to the Toshiba's front panel inputs (after setting the appropriate inputs). Again there was no video.
Thanks for the suggestions and link to that converter box. That seems to be the device that I should have purchased from Monoprice. I think I'll order it.
In the meantime I'll probably set up my daughter's circa 2006 Dell XPS400 that has a higher-end video card. If that works I might swap in that video card to my old Dell E510.