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August 20, 2008 4:03:39 PM

I got done building my PC a few months ago. I have an 8800 GT video card and tried hooking up to my TV via S-Video. This came out really poor quality and just not good. What would be my best option for getting a good solid HD input from my computer? Do I need a different another card? Would I also need audio out? Here is my current set-up:

-Thermaltake Soprano DX VE7000BWS Black 0.8mm SECC Chassis/ Aluminum Front Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
-Ultra X-Finity 600W
-ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus nForce 650i Socket 775 ATX Motherboard
-Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
-Thermaltake CL-P0401 V1 110mm Full-Range Fan CPU Cooler
-Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3160815AS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
-Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
-OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2N800SR4GK
-EVGA e-GeForce 8800GT Superclocked 512MB 256-bit DDR3 PCI-E 2.0 Video Card
-DVD Drive
-Lite-on DVD/RW 20X
-Rosewill All In One

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August 20, 2008 4:14:31 PM

Well, what other inputs does your TV have? What resolution? Also how long was the S-video cable.
August 20, 2008 4:21:19 PM

what you should do is use the breakaway cable that comes with all video cards and connect to your tv through component. or, if your tv has an HDMI input, buy a DVI-HDMI cable and connect that way.
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August 20, 2008 4:21:20 PM

It's not your PC its your TV.
If your TV dosent have VGA, DVI or HDMI input forget about getting any good video out of the TV.
If your card has a SPDIF connector you can get sound,via jumper, through a DVI or HDMI interface.
August 20, 2008 4:21:22 PM

First of all, S-Video is still standard definition. I think the highest res is 480i on that. You'll need to use an HD input such as Component RGB or YPrPb, DVI, HDMI or VGA.
August 20, 2008 4:23:07 PM

You will not be able to get a HD signal to your TV using the S-video input.

S-video and composite connections can handle resolutions of upto about 800x600. Above that you need relatively high frequency pixelclocks which the cables can't handle that well (leads to a lot of signal loss).

Also, when you connect using the s-video connection your video card outputs is 720x480 (NTSC) or 720x576 (PAL) no matter which resolution you specify in your card setup, it a TV-Out compliant signal. The image is scaled to fit into this view.

If you want high resolutions for tvout (HDTV) you need to use either component or hdmi/dvi connections. If your TV does not have these connections you are out of luck.
August 20, 2008 4:28:34 PM

I have a 42" Samsung HD with the following ports:

3 composite
3 S-Video
2 component
1 DVI
1 HDMI
2 RF inputs

I am not looking to use the S-Video option. Just looking for recommendations on how to get a good signal out to my TV. Is there a PCI card that I can get for this? Maybe even a tuner card as well?
August 20, 2008 4:40:34 PM

Then all you need is a DVI cable or an adaptor DVI to HDMI.
August 20, 2008 4:44:09 PM

Use the DVI out from your graphics card to the DVI in on your TV. You won't need any additional hardware unless you want to watch TV on your PC's primary monitor (other than the TV).

-Wolf sends
August 20, 2008 5:20:47 PM

Ok yeah that is my Graphics Card. Thanks for the info guys....
August 20, 2008 5:41:58 PM

Yup, use either component, DVI, or HDMI.
August 21, 2008 1:18:01 AM

Definatly use DVI, it the best signal you can get (entirly digital)!
June 3, 2009 6:58:52 AM

I HAVE HD TV MY PC HAS S-VIDEO SLOT AND RED,YELLOW , WHITE CABLE IN THE BACK OF PC BUT MY TV DON'T HAVE A MONITOR HOOK UP. HOW CAN GET MY TV TO BE THE MONITOR.
June 3, 2009 3:17:21 PM

Options to connect to HDTV is below. Both will enable you to operate at 1080P resolutions including watching Blue_ray, HD-DVD movies. I have verified these connections to work on different video cards including 8800GT 512 OC.

I have an 8800GT connected to HDTV through DV/HDMI-converter connected to the HDMI input of the HDTV. This is the best setup.

If you want to use the analog-connection using the analog-expansion cable that came with the video card.

Here's a reference document from BFG on how to connect HDTV using the

video card extension:
ANALOG Connection using SVIDEO and COMPONENT:
http://www2.bfgtech.com/CMDocs/BFG [...] _flyer.pdf

SVIDEO wont & can't support 1080P... Not recommended:

COMPONENT video with 3-cables for video works at 1080P without any issues. It work on 8800GT and GTX 280.

You can try the support site of the vendor of your nvdia-card and you should get guides similar to BFG on how to make your connections.



I'm using hauppage dual-hybird TV Tuner 2250. It works well with Windows Media Center & cable/satelite box.

http://www.hauppage.com/site/products/data_hvr2250.html
June 3, 2009 7:46:24 PM

I HAVE HD TV MY PC HAS S-VIDEO SLOT AND RED,YELLOW , WHITE CABLE IN THE BACK OF PC BUT MY TV DON'T HAVE A MONITOR HOOK UP. HOW CAN GET MY TV TO BE THE MONITOR. I have 1080i with hdmi 3 slots but no monitor hook -up. Do I need to buy what and step by step hook-up please . javascript:%20validform(this);
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