Originally Posted by praje /forum/post/12854677
I have a GeForce 8500 GT with my HP Pavilion d4996t, but it only came with an S-video port (no dongle or HDTV port), along with HDMI & DVI. Can I get component output out of this? I've seen cables that are DVI-I to Component, but they all say "the video source must output component video signal through the DVI port". So does this card output a component signal through the DVI port?
Thanks in advance!
All 8500 GTs come with a 7 pin mini-DIN ( just like all 6600 GTs (9 pin)*, all PCI-E GF7 and some AGP GF7 (exception AGP 7800 GS) and all GF8 series cards). This allows a standard 4 pin S-Video cable to plugged in. It also allows the 9 pin nVidia mini-DIN adapter to be plugged in to provide composite, and component outputs to be enabled from the port.
You need one of these:
Check that the so called 'S-Video' port in fact has 7 pins.
Walford, all DVI-I ports ( which all PC graphics cards known to man come with ) in fact have an analogue VGA output and a DVI-D output in the same connector. A DVI to VGA adapter simply extracts the connections for the VGA output in the DVI-I port and presents it in a VGA form factor for connection to a VGA connection.
* Not all these cards actually come with the required adapter/cable. That does not mean that the card does not come with the connection. For instance there is a common misconception that some 6600 GTs didn't support component through the 9 pin mini-DIN. This simply isn't true, they all do but they don't all come with the necessary adapters to keep the cost of the card down.