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post #1 of 10
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I recently bought a HDTV projector that I am really enjoying. (I am getting HDTV programing through a cable box attached to the projector via component video cable) In order to save projector bulb time (wile watching talkshows, news, etc) I want to also hook this cable box up tp my old old analog tv. I get no signal from either the coax line, s-video or composite video outputs since the projector is enabled via component ins.
The cable company says you cant hook up multiple tvs to one box.......but is there a way to do it? (using different outputs....ie component outs for my projector & S-video outs for my old set?)
post #2 of 10
What cable box do you have?

My HD cable box is a Motorola 6200. It has DVI, Component, S-video, composite video and RF outputs and all of them are active.

I use the DVI to my TV and the composite to my VCR to record shows at the same time and it works fine.
post #3 of 10
I agree with the binary dude above - all the outputs are active all the time on the Motorola HDTV boxes.

Of course the cable company will tell you you can't hook up multiple TVs to one box - they'd much rather have you rent an additional box from them. To be fair to them, they also don't want the support liability, but it's mostly the former that motivates their stance.

If this is not a Motorola box, do you get signal from the coax if you unplug the coponent connections? Also, is there any switch in the cable box's setup/config menu?

-Tweak
post #4 of 10
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It's a Scientific Atlanta Explorer 800 box.
post #5 of 10
the 8000HDs turn of everything except the components. is there any reason you can just use three y pigtails? not sure how bad it would be on the signal but for 5 dollars you can find out before you pay a lot more on a switch
Shawn
post #6 of 10
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My old TV doesnt have component ins wingate but I have done that with coax & other things. I wonder if you could connect one of the component in wires (from the component outs on the cable box) to the single composite in on the back of my old tv?? Any ideas on whether this is feasible & which color wire I should use for this? (grasping at straws<G>)
post #7 of 10
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I wonder if you could connect one of the component in wires (from the component outs on the cable box) to the single composite in on the back of my old tv??
No, if the entire signal could be carried by one cable, they wouldn't have used 3. If you plug the 'Y' signal into the TV, you'll get a black and white image.

Compopnent and composite are not the same thing, the words look similar though.
post #8 of 10
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I realize that component & composite are different input/outputs Tony, but I was wondering (& not willing to take a chance of blowing up my equipment) what would happen if I combined the 3 component outs somehow & plugged the (now single) cable into the composite in of my TV? ( I am guessing that most likely I would just get nothing but does anyone know for sure?) As I understand it about component outs: 1 wire controls the picture & the remaing 2 wires control the color)
post #9 of 10
you'll get a black and whie image
post #10 of 10
If you can build your own electronics, there is a project here to build yourself a Component video to RGB converter. I found this by a simple Google:

http://www.siliconchip.com.au/cms/A_101537/article.html
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