My radeon 9700 pro has an s-video out and my CT-30WX15 30 inch hdtv monitor has a couple of s-video in. Would It damage my tv in any way to connect it? I also have a aiw 8500 which has composite video out. Should I use the s-video or the composite?
JDA2K3 is mostly right, the resolution on an S-video gets downgraded into a composite signal that the tv can handle...
In other words, the computer monitor's resolution is much higher (and also more complicated than a standard CRT monitor signal), so the image will be reduced to fit. Doing so will create "Dot Crawl" that can be noted on a paused image, most easily spotted on letters and print on the screen (it kind of looks like theres a tiny dotted outline around each letter, and it dances back and forth).
To fix this you should use a convertor. I work for a cable company that sells one, you can find them anywhere, here's a link to one I work with daily:
Goto- ShowMeCables -the link at bottom in my sig. Type in "Ultimate" without the quotes in the search bar. (A picture of a small silver box should come up, it's the Ultimate 2000, costs about $90)
This converts the signal down to composite or svideo. You don't have to get a composite output card to get good results, and you can go without the converter with no harm at all to your television.
Before these came out, I used an ATI All-In-Wonder using composite video output to my tv for years. You kind of get used to the dot crawl after a while, its not bad for presentations and the like, but if you want to watch movies or games off your computer on your TV, I'd recommend going with DVI, or one of the converters out there.
If you have any questions you can call me at work, monday through friday 8-5 central, I'd be happy to answer any questions and obviously no obligation to buy that convertor or anything else on our site.
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