PC-to-TV Not Working

I’ve got an old POS computer running XP with a GeForce FX 5200 video card. I’ve connected it to a 27-inch 500-pound Radiation King TV through an S-Video cable. I’ve installed the Nvidia driver UI so it shows up in the Control Panel and I’ve messed with various settings, but it’s not working. My TV picture looks like this:

Test

The vertical image isn’t steady. (Is that called vertical tracking? I don’t know.) And there is no way to make any kind of adjustments on the TV. The image is also in black and white, but I can live with that if I have to. The settings for the TV, as far as I can tell, are: 640×480, 60hz, 32bit, which shouldn’t be a problem for the TV.

I want to use it for playing MAME games, so it doesn’t have to look great. All I need is a steady image on the TV.

Any suggestions?

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10 Replies to “PC-to-TV Not Working”

  1. your TV can’t do 32 bit, see if you can drop that to 16 bit or even less. drop the 60hz to something lower too, if possible.

    • I got it down to 16 bit, but can’t go any lower than 60hz. It’s still not working. Maybe I got a defective cable from The Source. Anyway, it’s become too much trouble than it’s worth… unless someone has another suggestion.

  2. I’ve got it. It’s probably is the cable. I just noticed my S-video cable has only 4-pin plugs. I’m pretty sure it’s supposed to be 7-pin.

    I probably bought the wrong cable. Pisser.

  3. Hmm.. Maybe it’s the cable.. I think if the plug actually plugs in though it’s probably right, I think 7 pin’s (7 seems odd, I am thinking it was 6 but whatevs) don’t line up with the 4 so it won’t plug in. I think the little cube on the plug is different depending on the pin count.

    Black and white with it being crapzilla reminds me of trying to plug a RCA cable into component plugins. But you’re using s-video, so it’s probably not that.

    From the interweb tubes:

    Or perhaps:

    I’m not sure, my s-video out from video card to my 27″ CRT s-video in worked fine without any bs. I had even purchased the tv before S-video really existed, it was for “future use” and managed to work properly.

    Lots of crap on this site: http://forum.digital-digest.com/archive/index.php/t-54362.html

  4. Frig, re-writing since my cite’s screwed up!

    Hmm.. Maybe it’s the cable.. I think if the plug actually plugs in though it’s probably right, I think 7 pin’s (7 seems odd, I am thinking it was 6 but whatevs) don’t line up with the 4 so it won’t plug in. I think the little cube on the plug is different depending on the pin count.

    Black and white with it being crapzilla reminds me of trying to plug a RCA cable into component plugins. But you’re using s-video, so it’s probably not that.

    From the interweb tubes:
    I also had issues w/ the S-Video only displaying black and white. even
    with the TVOutFormat set to SVIDEO. I picked up a S-Video to Composite
    adaptor at Radio Shack which fixed the problem.

    Or perhaps:
    s-vid to composite(RCA) cable

    I’m not sure, my s-video out from video card to my 27″ CRT s-video in worked fine without any bs. I had even purchased the tv before S-video really existed, it was for “future use” and managed to work properly.

    Lots of crap on this site: http://forum.digital-digest.com/archive/index.php/t-54362.html

  5. I’ll check out the links later. I’m picking up a free 7-pin S-video cable later today. If that doesn’t work, I might just say the hell with it. I don’t want to waste more money on cables that may or may not work.

  6. I was just talking to a tech guy I know. He said the S-video cable shouldn’t be a problem if the pins are straight, and they are. It’s possibly a setting on the video card. So I’m going to mess with that again and see what I can come up with.

  7. I’m totally screwed now. I’m not sure how I managed it, but the TV is now the primary monitor with no secondary monitor. And the TV picture is unreadable. Still black and white and the vertical is totally out of sync. I’m bringing the video card into my tech buddy on Friday to see what he can do with it. He mentioned there might be a jumper setting on the card that could fix the problem. But I don’t know. If he can’t figure it out, I’m junking the whole project.

  8. This is fun. Just out of frustration, I pulled out an even crappier of laptop with an S-video output, plugged it in and it works perfectly. And I easily use it for playing MAME games. I just have to figure out how to get the MAME stuff to appear on the secondary monitor (the TV). Right now it’s only displaying my desktop image.

  9. I just heard from my tech friend. He did some research and apparently the only way to make the stupid video card work on a TV is to connect through composite connections. So I have to get a S-video-to-composite cable. Fuh.

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