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VGA to TV converters

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by mjvdvlugt, Aug 31, 2004.

  1. mjvdvlugt

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    Is there a quality difference between a video-card TV-Out and those PC->TV converters?

    My pc has an on-board video-card (and: no AGP slot) but I do need a tv-out to build my HTPC!

    Does anyone have experience with those VGA to TV converters? And do they give good output when playing the interlaced video's my tv-card produces?
     
  2. cowtipper

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    i have had a few of these boxes ranging from corded to cordless and i have not been very happy with them the cordless one was the best but you can see a slight flicker which annoyed the crap out of me if you could have got rid of this they would been semi acceptable
     
  3. mjvdvlugt

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    Ok. That's good.. Did you have good video playback? Like DVD?
     
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    it made the MPeg artifacts more apparent and like i said the flickering was not good
     
  5. mjvdvlugt

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    Thanx for the info! I'm gonna buy one!
     
  6. uczmeg

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    Am I reading the same thread here? Everything Cowtipper has said suggests buying one is a bad idea doesn't it?

    Cheers
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  7. mjvdvlugt

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    Well. I meant it like: "Thanks for the info!"

    The backgroundstory is that I heard somewhere animated output would become a mess, and that those converters were only good for static things (presentations etc.).

    But now I know that's not true, and it could be acceptible I'm going to the shop with my laptop to try it out. So by "buying one" i meant: go to the shop and hope to buy one.

    If anyone has some more experience to tell me beforehand I really would like to know.

    Thanx!
     
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    I assume we are talking about CRT TVs not LCD/Plasma TVs?

    If this is the case then the best TV output I have got is by using a Realmagic Xcard.

    The limitation of this is that it only outputs video and not a PC Desktop.

    However you can use it with Joveplayer, now called TVedia or something like that and you get a whole media centre interface for video, music the web etc. A really impressive piece of software that works great with the Xcard and a TV. (The Xcard coms with a remote). Go to www.8dim.com to find out more.

    Cheers
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    If you've got an RGB SCART and can solder ......

    http://www.idiots.org.uk/vga_rgb_scart/index.html

    Try a DIY solution - do be careful about setting your refresh rates I'd look at creating a monitor definition file set up to prevent you doing something you might regret (limit resolutions and refresh rates. Have a look at powerstrip.

    Simon
     

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