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NVIDA FX 5200 tv out problem

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I have an FX 5200, 128 mb video card, running in a P4 2.6 G pc with Windows XP, but I'm having trouble with the tv out. There is an s-video out, but my tv only has an RCA or co-ax in.

I bought an s-video to RCA lead, but all I'm getting is tearing black and white mush on th tv. Being in Australia, I've selected clone-mode with the B-Pal option but have had no luck. Am I missing something? There wasn't a great deal of helpful information in the setup document (which wasn't specific to the 5200, so all the settings and options appeared to be different).

Thanks in advance.

 
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radomirthegreat earned 59 total points
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I believe the S-Video outlet is actually an RCA outlet, but in S-Video form for certain strange purposes.  You should try a cable with S-Video at one end and RCA at the other (you can find this by asking about it within this question in case people don't read this).

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Radomir Jordanovic
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by:whitetuna1
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Thanks, but this is what I've already tried. This is how I'm able to see the tv screen tearing and flickering in black and white.
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Then, what if you get an S-Video to S-Video cable and an S-Video to RCA converter box (about 3.5"×1.5×1")?  Maybe that is an actual S-Video outlet...  Check if you can return the converter box before you buy it, in case that's not the solution.
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Ok. I'll see if I can give that a go.
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Which video card drivers are you using ?The two latest versions of nvidia drivers caused me to not to be able to see anything on my tv ,using svideo to scart cable. Just some blured os screen display .Try performing a driver roll back to a previous version ( if using nvidia gpu) to something lie a 40xx .
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I haven't installed any drivers myself. I assume they're the ones that came with the card (cd install). It was all set up when I bought the pc. I can check them out and list them here if will help.
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by:krakatoa
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S Video sends Red, Green, Blue and Synch signals. When A TV has no S Video in, it doesnt know what to do with these signals, so you need to use a composite cable, or get yourself another TV. Dont forget to enable the TV in the Settings, Control Panel too.
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Thanks for all the help thus far. Hopefully I'll get this sorted out soon.

DDeuchande: The driver listed is : system32\drivers\nv4_mini.sys, version 6.14.10.4403

krakatoa: How does a composite cable differ from an s-video cable (and an S-Video to RCA converter box that radomirthegreat suggested)?
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Svideo to composite/scart ,uses the same "luminansce and crominance" signals to output,if the cables are correctly built ,then i think i isnt a cable problem.
In the same situation ,my problems were related to a driver update by nvidia,on the detonator driver class.
Related to Fx drivers i do not know if it ist the same .If you another tv that suports svhs try it for test pourpose.
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Unfortunately I don't have any tvs that support Svideo.

I installed the latest drivers today and seem to have more setting options available now. I haven't had a good look yet, but I'll go through them asap to see if it's made a difference.
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No change. I'll look at cables next.
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Thanks for all contributions.

Problem fixed.

Tests on a multimeter showed the s-video to rca cable did nothing. It was a direct connection and didn't convert anything.

I bought an s-video to rca adapter ($8.00 AUD - approx 40mm in length and 15 mm diamiter - male s-video/female rca) which solved the problem. It has a built-in 470pf capacitor attached to one of the pins, which was what the cable lacked. I could then just use an rca cable to connect from the adapter to the tv/vcr.

How should I award points in this case? Can I divide evenly among all contributors? As long as everyone's happy, I don't mind how it's done.
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I'll just go along with an even split.

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Radomir Jordanovic
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