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Will my Quadro FX 1100 video card output component video?

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I have an older system with a Quadro FX 1100 AGP video card in it.  It has 2 DVI outputs and an unknown socket on it.  The unknown socket has 4 holes and it is about the size of a dime.  Is there a pigtail that I can hook up and output component video?  If so, where can I get the cable?  And what settings would I need to use to output the correct signal?
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According to this article http://66.195.41.10/Articles/Hardware-Review/Reasonably-Priced-Power-%97-NVIDIA-Quadro-FX-1100-2004060144.html, the socket in question is a "female 3-pin VESA-standard mini-DIN stereo sync output connector", so you can't use it for video.  An easy way to get component video is to use a DVI-to-component adapter http://sewelldirect.com/dvivideoadapter.asp, since DVI-I includes the signals necessary to create component video.
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I like the idea of that adapter but it said it was for ATI cards only.  Does anyone make one for Nvidia cards?
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I think nVidia doesn't have the sync-on-green signal that is necessary.  This thread http://www.computing.net/answers/hardware/dvi-to-component-hd/47740.html seems to indicate you would have to get a DVI-to-VGA adapter and then a VGA-to-component transcoder (expensive - http://sewelldirect.com/VGA-to-HDTV-Converter.asp).  This other thread confirms it: http://www.sewellsupport.com/archives/dvi-to-component-adapter.

It would be far cheaper to get a new card with a component video dongle, or an ATI-supported card that can use the adapter.
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