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#1 Captain Pike

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Posted 31 March 2010 - 01:08 PM

I thought I would make use of the S. video port on my notebook computer with a broken screen to support the graphical information of Windows XP.
How do I enable or otherwise make use of this port?
There is a round connector, looking very much like a keyboard connector of old, which is labeled, "S.-video". Somewhere in the back of my mind I had imagined I could make use of this port in a pinch, such as having a broken monitor. I bought a S. video cable which plugs into this port of the laptop, the other end, nicely fitting into a nearby television. I thought it might be a great way to view medium quality movies, right off my PC!
My Compaq Presario V5000 is booting up, and otherwise running Windows, I can tell because of the flourish I hear, and other indications I'm familiar with: it's alive in there, I just can't interact with it.

Anybody know how to use the S. video port? Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.

Edited by Captain Pike, 31 March 2010 - 01:12 PM.


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Posted 31 March 2010 - 06:21 PM

Not knowing what make and model you have, you should have a toggle to switch to an external output monitor. In essence you have to tell the machine where you want to display. Secondly you'll have to change your resolution to 800X600 as anything higher and the TV won't be able to recognize it.

More information: http://www.svideo.com/compaq1700.html

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Posted 31 March 2010 - 07:43 PM

Thank you animal, the link you gave provides the information I can use to possibly get this going. It's going to take some creative maneuvering however, since the PC I'm using has a nonfunctional screen. I do have a nearly identical laptop which I can't set down right beside it, and possibly steer blindly using dead reckoning -- mimicking selections. Once I can get it working, I can then, "apply", the settings, and hopefully restart things without going through the setup procedure again.
This is kind of just an exercise -- I do this to myself from time to time. Bringing back old computers from the dead isn't really practical or profitable -- just fun sometimes. Thanks a lot for your help, -- Phil




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