[mythtv-users] VGA to S-Video suggestion

Allen Edwards allen.edwards at oldpaloalto.com
Mon Jul 28 16:25:51 UTC 2008

On Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 7:44 AM, Mache Creeger <mache at creeger.com> wrote:
> At 08:48 PM 7/27/2008, Paul wrote:
>> From: Allen Edwards <allen.edwards at oldpaloalto.com>
>> I should have said not only is the cable a fools errand, it
>> only works
>> if the video card actually put video signals on some of the
>> unused RGB
>> pins.  No new cards do this and it is extremely unlikely if
>> yours
>> does.  I agree with Mache.
>> Allen
> Definitely an S-video out of the card is ideal, but my frontend doesn't have
> a PCI port, let alone an AGP or PCI-X port.
> OK, the only other way I know is to find a VGA to NTSC (or PAL) laptop to
> video adapter either new or used on eBay or Craigslist. When video
> projectors first came out they did not have VGA adapters they only had SD
> video (NTSC or PAL). The only way a person with a laptop could make a
> presentation on a large TV or projector was to use an additional piece of
> active equipment that transformed VGA to the video signal of choice. These
> adapters do not do HD, require power, and are active devices that are much
> more complex than just a single cable.
> Around three to four years ago (when I not as enlightened about myth and the
> nVidia drivers were not as good) I bought one as I had major problems
> getting good video out of, at that time, my single server myth system. It
> worked fine then, but I don't use it anymore as I now use FEs to render my
> video and use my single server for just an MBE.
> There are folks that make this type of product and sell it new (they go for
> between $50 and $100 USD), although I would encourage you to find one used.
> Take the time to check out the device as I am sure quality will vary between
> vendors.
> Good Luck,
> -- Mache
> Here are the results of a quick google search.
> http://www.google.com/search?q=vga+ntsc+adapter&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a
> http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?sku=A0289448&cs=19&c=us&l=en&dgc=SS&cid=30322&lid=680417
> http://www.starkelectronic.com/pi4925.htm
> http://www.tkk.fi/Misc/Electronics/circuits/vga2tv/commercial.html
> http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=422949&CatId=1430
> http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=448341&CatId=1430
> On eBay -
> http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=m38&_nkw=vga+ntsc+converter&_sacat=See-All-Categories
> http://cgi.ebay.com/VGA-to-TV-Converter-for-PC-MAC-Laptop-1024x768-NTSC-PAL_W0QQitemZ290248382494QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item290248382494&_trksid=p3286.m14.l1318
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I have a MultiPro 2000 built in 1999, the one without USB and it is
unacceptable imho in terms of video quality.  Maybe the new ones are
better. Ti looks exactly like one right now on ebay for about $200.  I
also see the newer version on ebay for $114, go figure.  I do like the
remote mouse on mine, however...

The same company makes a Web Cable Plus
going for $65 on ebay.  I have no idea if they are better than what I
have but I would hope so.


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