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Dreadful SVideo output from Radeon 9600

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by jsmurray, Feb 14, 2004.

  1. jsmurray

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    I tried my GeForce4 MX 440 card with SVideo out to an LCD tv with SVideo in and the picture was dreadful.
    I read up on the posts, and decided to buy a Radeon 9600 instead.
    The picture is just as bad as it was on the GeForce.

    Am I missing something here? I have my HTPC plugged into the VGA of my plasma. I want to dual display out the SVideo port so I can distribute the video around the house.

    Is anybody actually using SVideo output from their HTPC?
     
  2. james.miller

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    dreadful with what exactly? dvds? or desktop images?


    if its the later, then yes - it will be dreadful. if you want any kind of decent picture with desktop images then you NEED a VGA or DVI connection. If its the former, well then i really don't know. You need to go into a little more detail there.
     
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    DVD will also look bad, first you are deinterlacing and upscaling and then downsclaing/reinterlacing. It's going to look rubbish. This is where something like the xcard has an advantage, DVD goes straight out as svideo with no major conversion going on.
     
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    Before I look into even more spend on an XCard, I am genuinely interested to see who else is using SVid out to a normal telly, and what they think.
    I'm not averse to throwing money at the problem if that's the only remedy, but I thought one of the reasons these Radeon's were recommended was due to the svid capabilities.

    I'm actually very surprised how bad they both were.
     
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    turn the flicker filter off, enable overscan
     
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    Yet still you havn't actually told us what is wrong. Unless you tell us we can't help you.
     
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    Quite right. Sorry.

    I am using MS MCE to watch TV. I 'thought' that the picture would be comparable to, say a tivo. The picture quality is very poor in that it the colors don't blend nicely, the images aren't very sharp etc.

    Are you using SVideo to a PAL tv James? If so, how does yours compare to natural TV viewing?

    Maybe my expectations are just too high.
     
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    i couldnt compare mine directly to normal t.v viewing since i dont use my pc for that, but generally its been quite good. Dvd's are passable, if a little colourless, but most of that can be sorted out with some fine tweaking.

    I'm not the best person to ask about that though - my pc is only really used for gaming and playing music. Plenty of other people will be able to help you there though:)
     

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