S-video out and I only get black and white screen...

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

Big problem!
When i´m using S-video out and connect to a Tv. I only get a black and white
screen on the Tv. Why?
I can use the Tv as a secondary screen, but I can not clone it with the
screen on the Laptop! Irretating...
It´s a new Laptop from Network with a ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 Series card
in it...
Please HELP!
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    Will the tv accept a proper s-video signal? It is different to composite and
    a black and white picture is a common sympton of this.

    --
    Graham Hughes
    MVP Digital Media
    Laird of Glencairn
    www.dvds2treasure.com
    www.simplydv.com


    "BadBoy" <BadBoy@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:49DAAE07-6C3E-4BAD-A77B-F9A66D4B94A4@microsoft.com...
    > Big problem!
    > When i´m using S-video out and connect to a Tv. I only get a black and
    white
    > screen on the Tv. Why?
    > I can use the Tv as a secondary screen, but I can not clone it with the
    > screen on the Laptop! Irretating...
    > It´s a new Laptop from Network with a ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 Series card
    > in it...
    > Please HELP!
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    Yes, I also tried to connect it by the video = same result!!!


    "Graham Hughes" wrote:

    > Will the tv accept a proper s-video signal? It is different to composite and
    > a black and white picture is a common sympton of this.
    >
    > --
    > Graham Hughes
    > MVP Digital Media
    > Laird of Glencairn
    > www.dvds2treasure.com
    > www.simplydv.com
    >
    >
    > "BadBoy" <BadBoy@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:49DAAE07-6C3E-4BAD-A77B-F9A66D4B94A4@microsoft.com...
    > > Big problem!
    > > When i´m using S-video out and connect to a Tv. I only get a black and
    > white
    > > screen on the Tv. Why?
    > > I can use the Tv as a secondary screen, but I can not clone it with the
    > > screen on the Laptop! Irretating...
    > > It´s a new Laptop from Network with a ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 Series card
    > > in it...
    > > Please HELP!
    >
    >
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    How do you mean? connected the s-video to the video and got the same result
    watching on the tv? You will if the tv won't accept s-video signals. Can you
    use composite connections, red/white/yellow with the yellow being the
    important one for video.

    --
    Graham Hughes
    MVP Digital Media
    Laird of Glencairn
    www.dvds2treasure.com
    www.simplydv.com


    "BadBoy" <BadBoy@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:92323908-F32E-4FDA-85E5-4D420C5B5B8A@microsoft.com...
    > Yes, I also tried to connect it by the video = same result!!!
    >
    >
    > "Graham Hughes" wrote:
    >
    > > Will the tv accept a proper s-video signal? It is different to composite
    and
    > > a black and white picture is a common sympton of this.
    > >
    > > --
    > > Graham Hughes
    > > MVP Digital Media
    > > Laird of Glencairn
    > > www.dvds2treasure.com
    > > www.simplydv.com
    > >
    > >
    > > "BadBoy" <BadBoy@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > > news:49DAAE07-6C3E-4BAD-A77B-F9A66D4B94A4@microsoft.com...
    > > > Big problem!
    > > > When i´m using S-video out and connect to a Tv. I only get a black and
    > > white
    > > > screen on the Tv. Why?
    > > > I can use the Tv as a secondary screen, but I can not clone it with
    the
    > > > screen on the Laptop! Irretating...
    > > > It´s a new Laptop from Network with a ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 Series
    card
    > > > in it...
    > > > Please HELP!
    > >
    > >
    > >
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    have you also set your PC to output the correct video format PAL os NTSC
    also
    if you are connecting your s-video to the composite video inputs of your
    TV...if you are, you need a special s-video to composite lead available
    from most electronic shops.

    Graham Hughes wrote:

    > How do you mean? connected the s-video to the video and got the same result
    > watching on the tv? You will if the tv won't accept s-video signals. Can you
    > use composite connections, red/white/yellow with the yellow being the
    > important one for video.
    >
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    I am having the same problem on a Toshiba Satellite laptop that only began to
    occur when starting to use windows XP. It will display on a tv at 640x480 and
    only greyscale even though xp reports that is sending 32 bit colour. I know
    that this is not a hardware issue because it worked perfectly under windows
    me. I have tried using the toshiba XP drivers for the video card but windows
    refuses to operate with them because they are not "signed". Win XP has also
    removed all of the software that toshiba includes to control video output ie
    ntsc/pal and will not reinstall it either because they are also not "signed".
    If anyone knows of a workaround for this problem please let me know. Thanks
    in advance.

    chris42

    "Darkknight" wrote:

    > have you also set your PC to output the correct video format PAL os NTSC
    > also
    > if you are connecting your s-video to the composite video inputs of your
    > TV...if you are, you need a special s-video to composite lead available
    > from most electronic shops.
    >
    > Graham Hughes wrote:
    >
    > > How do you mean? connected the s-video to the video and got the same result
    > > watching on the tv? You will if the tv won't accept s-video signals. Can you
    > > use composite connections, red/white/yellow with the yellow being the
    > > important one for video.
    > >
    >
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    It sounds like you need to stick with ME. Laptops use specialised drivers
    for things to work, it's not like running a desktop, you *have* to use the
    drivers from the manufacturer of the laptop, so if they don't have any XP
    drivers it's a case of sorry.

    --
    Graham Hughes
    MVP Digital Media
    Laird of Glencairn
    www.dvds2treasure.com
    www.simplydv.com


    "chris42" <chris42@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:E2E5C7CB-CA3D-457A-B2D7-34B4FEF4E824@microsoft.com...
    > I am having the same problem on a Toshiba Satellite laptop that only began
    to
    > occur when starting to use windows XP. It will display on a tv at 640x480
    and
    > only greyscale even though xp reports that is sending 32 bit colour. I
    know
    > that this is not a hardware issue because it worked perfectly under
    windows
    > me. I have tried using the toshiba XP drivers for the video card but
    windows
    > refuses to operate with them because they are not "signed". Win XP has
    also
    > removed all of the software that toshiba includes to control video output
    ie
    > ntsc/pal and will not reinstall it either because they are also not
    "signed".
    > If anyone knows of a workaround for this problem please let me know.
    Thanks
    > in advance.
    >
    > chris42
    >
    > "Darkknight" wrote:
    >
    > > have you also set your PC to output the correct video format PAL os NTSC
    > > also
    > > if you are connecting your s-video to the composite video inputs of your
    > > TV...if you are, you need a special s-video to composite lead available
    > > from most electronic shops.
    > >
    > > Graham Hughes wrote:
    > >
    > > > How do you mean? connected the s-video to the video and got the same
    result
    > > > watching on the tv? You will if the tv won't accept s-video signals.
    Can you
    > > > use composite connections, red/white/yellow with the yellow being the
    > > > important one for video.
    > > >
    > >
  7. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    thank you for your prompt reply...i had rather suspected that the drivers for
    the integrated video out on this laptop would need to stay in the windows ME
    domain but windows ME was such a mess that i'm willing to view my movies on
    the laptop screen rather than go back to ME. my digital camera won't work
    with xp sp2 either and i have a lot of friends who have major problems with
    this "professional" version of windows. In fact, Toshiba recommends
    uninstalling it and goes into great depth on how to do that. my workaround
    for the camera was to buy a SD media card reader and get images onto the
    computer that way.

    chris

    "Graham Hughes" wrote:

    > It sounds like you need to stick with ME. Laptops use specialised drivers
    > for things to work, it's not like running a desktop, you *have* to use the
    > drivers from the manufacturer of the laptop, so if they don't have any XP
    > drivers it's a case of sorry.
    >
    > --
    > Graham Hughes
    > MVP Digital Media
    > Laird of Glencairn
    > www.dvds2treasure.com
    > www.simplydv.com
    >
    >
    > "chris42" <chris42@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:E2E5C7CB-CA3D-457A-B2D7-34B4FEF4E824@microsoft.com...
    > > I am having the same problem on a Toshiba Satellite laptop that only began
    > to
    > > occur when starting to use windows XP. It will display on a tv at 640x480
    > and
    > > only greyscale even though xp reports that is sending 32 bit colour. I
    > know
    > > that this is not a hardware issue because it worked perfectly under
    > windows
    > > me. I have tried using the toshiba XP drivers for the video card but
    > windows
    > > refuses to operate with them because they are not "signed". Win XP has
    > also
    > > removed all of the software that toshiba includes to control video output
    > ie
    > > ntsc/pal and will not reinstall it either because they are also not
    > "signed".
    > > If anyone knows of a workaround for this problem please let me know.
    > Thanks
    > > in advance.
    > >
    > > chris42
    > >
    > > "Darkknight" wrote:
    > >
    > > > have you also set your PC to output the correct video format PAL os NTSC
    > > > also
    > > > if you are connecting your s-video to the composite video inputs of your
    > > > TV...if you are, you need a special s-video to composite lead available
    > > > from most electronic shops.
    > > >
    > > > Graham Hughes wrote:
    > > >
    > > > > How do you mean? connected the s-video to the video and got the same
    > result
    > > > > watching on the tv? You will if the tv won't accept s-video signals.
    > Can you
    > > > > use composite connections, red/white/yellow with the yellow being the
    > > > > important one for video.
    > > > >
    > > >
    >
    >
    >
  8. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    Yep, me too. You will just have to use the other plug on
    the ati card. Works every time. Good results too. Not so
    obvious though is it?

    >-----Original Message-----
    >Big problem!
    >When i´m using S-video out and connect to a Tv. I only
    get a black and white
    >screen on the Tv. Why?
    >I can use the Tv as a secondary screen, but I can not
    clone it with the
    >screen on the Laptop! Irretating...
    >It´s a new Laptop from Network with a ATI Mobility
    Radeon 9700 Series card
    >in it...
    >Please HELP!
    >.
    >
  9. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    It's usually a PAL vs NTSC problem.
    --
    Cari (MS-MVP)
    Printing & Imaging

    In Loving Memory of our dear friend Alex Nichol MVP

    "robub" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:065601c53a15$47b92f50$a601280a@phx.gbl...
    Yep, me too. You will just have to use the other plug on
    the ati card. Works every time. Good results too. Not so
    obvious though is it?

    >-----Original Message-----
    >Big problem!
    >When i´m using S-video out and connect to a Tv. I only
    get a black and white
    >screen on the Tv. Why?
    >I can use the Tv as a secondary screen, but I can not
    clone it with the
    >screen on the Laptop! Irretating...
    >It´s a new Laptop from Network with a ATI Mobility
    Radeon 9700 Series card
    >in it...
    >Please HELP!
    >.
    >
  10. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    Try this.
    Goto display properties, Overlay Tab, click on Theater mode options
    and check Theater mode in Overlay Display mode.
    Pls post result as I am interested to know outcome.
    Best of luck.

    On Tue, 5 Apr 2005 12:25:52 -0700, "robub"
    <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

    >Yep, me too. You will just have to use the other plug on
    >the ati card. Works every time. Good results too. Not so
    >obvious though is it?
    >
    >>-----Original Message-----
    >>Big problem!
    >>When i´m using S-video out and connect to a Tv. I only
    >get a black and white
    >>screen on the Tv. Why?
    >>I can use the Tv as a secondary screen, but I can not
    >clone it with the
    >>screen on the Laptop! Irretating...
    >>It´s a new Laptop from Network with a ATI Mobility
    >Radeon 9700 Series card
    >>in it...
    >>Please HELP!
    >>.
    >>
  11. The reason you get a black and white signal is because your Super Video (s-video) output sends 2 colour groups to your TV, 1 for colour information, the other for brightness and lighting information. If your TV is not designed to receive a s-video source it may not pick up the colour information hence the black and white image. I had the same problem when trying to plug my laptop into my parents TV.
    What you need to do is change your graphics card output mode to composite (RCA) If you can't change these manually and your not confident with cutting up wires and don't want to risk damaging your hardware. I would recommend buying a converter, these can be found on-line for a few pounds. Your graphics will then automatically change to a composite output and give you full colour. :bounce:
  12. I don't know if this helps much, but I have had same frustrating issue trying to connect s-video to my HDTV from my Toshiba laptop. I had it working for a while on my LG DLP tv, then it wouldn't work anymore. I tried everything---except trying it on another TV. I took the cable and the laptop into the den and hooked it up to my new Vizio LCD. Worked immediately. Go figure.
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