[mythtv-users] Computer to TV connection advice needed

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Sat Sep 9 13:14:44 UTC 2006

Lonnie Borntreger wrote:
> I have a working MythTV network.... two backends with a total of 4
> tuners and 3 frontends (running on desktop systems in the bedrooms and
> office).  I also have one more configured frontend ready.  So far, that
> has only seen service on special occasions (kids party or something like
> that) when I can borrow a projection system (with vga input) from a
> friend.  However, I would like to place it into permanent service in the
> family room for a much more comfortable viewing experience.
> That is where the problem comes up.  I don't have the money to buy a
> projector (and the family room really isn't big enough for it), and a
> "modern" TV with vga/dvi inputs is right out also, for now..... and my
> TV, while not too old, and quite nice, only has composite and s-video
> inputs.
> So, here is question one: Should I get a computer to TV converter box
> and use my current video card and X config, or get a video card with
> s-video/composite output and deal with re-writing and tuning my X
> config?  I can get a converter box off Ebay for $76 (including
> shipping), but I see I can get a decent nVidia video card with s-video
> out from Ebay for around $25.
> While I've been using Linux for (what seems like) forever (since kernel
> 0.99pl13 with fvwm1), I've gotten way past the age where I enjoy
> spending time tweaking modelines and such (age defeats l33t-ness).  That
> leads to question two:  How hard is it these days to set up the X config
> for s-video output?
> I know that the converter box would not be "future proof", as it will
> never be able to do HDTV. That brings up question three: (much lower
> priority) If I focused on a video card, what outputs work best for
> future use with a HDTV (USA) TV; s-video or DVI?
> Thanks for your input.
> Lonnie Borntreger
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I have previously has great luck with svideo out on a nvidia 5200 card 
right into my TV and then tuning my xorg to match. Great picture etc.....

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