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VCR to monitor

This is the email I received from a longtime friend and correspondent, and I know what she's talking about, but I'm drawing a complete blank, and I live too far from a Radio Shack to walk in and ask.
I want to hook my VCR up to my computer monitor. I know it can be done because my son once connected my little stereo, which has a DVD player, to a computer monitor when we wanted to watch a DVD and the cheapo TV/DVD I had wouldn’t work. He had a connector that he used for his video game system, I think. A little black box. Do you know what that’s called? I tried to figure it out but didn’t know the terminology for what I want.
Any assistance would be much appreciated.
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Eric AKA Netminder
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EirmanCommented:
Presuming your VCR has a scart output you need a
scart to vga connector for a regular monitor

Here is the google search
http://www.google.ie/search?num=50&hl=en&newwindow=1&safe=off&q=scart+to+vga&oq=scart+to+vga&gs_l=serp.12...0.0.1.193995.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0...0.0...1c.iTjKzh5y6QQ
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Eric AKA NetminderAuthor Commented:
Eirman,

Thanks, but let's not assume too much; I have no idea how new or old this VCR is, and she's about 3000 miles away so it's not convenient to look.

Are there any other normal possibilities? Or will the VGA to scrart converter with cables generally do the trick for anything less than about ten years old?

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Eric AKA NetminderAuthor Commented:
jsdray,

Thank you. Didn't see your comment when I posted. Same question as the one to Eirman... I've sent her the info from both posts, so I just don't want her to go astray.

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jsdrayCommented:
No Problem...  Sounds like she was talking about the old video game TV Switch boxes (like this)... Those use a modulated (channel 3 or 4) signal and then the box switches between the game and your normal antenna.  It wouldn't work for her VCR....
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Eric AKA NetminderAuthor Commented:
It could very well be. If I know her, television isn't high on her list of priorities, but watching old movies she already has (or can pick up at garage sales for $2) probably is. I've already suggested that she take the VCR to an electronics store and tell them what she wants to do, but at least this will keep her from paying $247 for something she doesn't need.
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EirmanCommented:
I've never seen a VCR without a SCART connector .... but that's a european perspective

There's a picture male & female scart connectors here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SCART
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jsdrayCommented:
Interesting!  Never seen that (SCART) on this side of the pond! But I like it. Looks like everything you'd need to connect.
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mark_harris231Commented:
SCART is not a connector used in products destined for US markets.  More likely is the RCA-to-VGA converter suggested by jsdray.

Any chance you can request a digital pic of the back of the VCR?  Or the Make and Model?  That would likely settle it for sure.
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Eric AKA NetminderAuthor Commented:
She's figured it out -- the RCA-VCR converter should do the trick.

Thanks to all.

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