minimum i need for a media pc to use with scart socket

djcla

Distinguished Member
on a widescreen crt.

I am new to media PC thing and wondered what the basics I would need to create a media PC to use with a widescreen CRT TV.
 

ijd

Novice Member
a graphics card with svideo would probably be your best option via an svideo scart adapter, although if you already have a graphics card you probably already have a composite output...
 

deksawyer

Active Member
You need a motherboard with onboard ATI graphics (X200 and up) or a separate ATI Radeon gfx card, such as a 9200 or greater.

A custom made vga-scart cable can be bought from Keene for around £35.

You'll also need a bit of software called Powerstrip to force a widescreen resolution and a 50Hz refresh rate.

This is the best possible way to get a quality picture to a crt tv. S-video is ok, but there's still problems with resolotions & refresh rates....

D.
 

djcla

Distinguished Member
deksawyer said:
You need a motherboard with onboard ATI graphics (X200 and up) or a separate ATI Radeon gfx card, such as a 9200 or greater.

A custom made vga-scart cable can be bought from Keene for around £35.

You'll also need a bit of software called Powerstrip to force a widescreen resolution and a 50Hz refresh rate.

This is the best possible way to get a quality picture to a crt tv. S-video is ok, but there's still problems with resolotions & refresh rates....

D.
Keene?
 

deksawyer

Active Member
You really need an ATI chipset for this to work.

and if you go for the Keene cable, it's made to order and it's called a Radeon to SCART cable.

There's 2 types: with and without audio.

D.
 

djcla

Distinguished Member
cool, so a radeon card does it need to be special for high def stuf or will a 9200 work ok? Also if i want to connect the pc to my amp whats the best way for getting optical out from a sound card? ALso what resolutions do you need power strip to use to get dvd 16:9 playback?
 

deksawyer

Active Member
Well, a 9200 is the bottom limit - get the best ATI card you can afford.

HD content on a CRT tv.......interesting concept. I don't think it's going to happen.

Right click here and 'save as' for a guide to setting up a 16:9 CRT tv resolution.

You'll need a motherboard with SPDIF out so you can connect it to your receiver, which will do the encoding.

D.
 

djcla

Distinguished Member
deksawyer said:
Well, a 9200 is the bottom limit - get the best ATI card you can afford.

HD content on a CRT tv.......interesting concept. I don't think it's going to happen.

Right click here and 'save as' for a guide to setting up a 16:9 CRT tv resolution.

You'll need a motherboard with SPDIF out so you can connect it to your receiver, which will do the encoding.

D.
So hi res files are a no go on a crt, i thought it would just down scale the image or somthing is that not the case then?
 

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