XFX 4870 no s-video

Hi,

I bought an XFX 4870 1GB in july last year, it has two DVI-I outputs on it though im only using one at the moment for a single monitor. Recently i acquire a projection TV with S-Video, composite and SCART inputs which i would like to use as a secondary monitor. I have been wondering if it is was possible to get a DVI-I to s-video converter, but i was told my card has to support "TV-out"? After more searching i found out that all the XFX 4870's i saw had an s-video out between the DVI-I outputs, but mine doesn't for some reason. So my question is their a cheap solution to my problem? I have found some cheap VGA to s-video cables but i'm not certain if they will work.

Thanks in advance.
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  1. Anyone?
  2. Another one bites the dust!!
  3. If your graphics card does have what looks like an S-Video port (it's actually just a TV-Out port), then your card should have come with an adapter that plugs into that port (probably an TV-Out to Component cable). You will probably also need a converter cable that converts from Component (Red/Green/Blue) to either Composite (yellow) or S-Video (4-pin).

    -Wolf sends
  4. Wolfshadw said:
    If your graphics card does have what looks like an S-Video port (it's actually just a TV-Out port), then your card should have come with an adapter that plugs into that port (probably an TV-Out to Component cable). You will probably also need a converter cable that converts from Component (Red/Green/Blue) to either Composite (yellow) or S-Video (4-pin).

    -Wolf sends



    Thanks for the reply wolf. Being as my 4870 has no TV-out on it and it didnt come with any S-video or component adapters am I to assume it does not support TV-out and there is no cheap solution?
  5. Sorry, I missed that part ("but mine doesn't for some reason"). :??:

    Not having any experience with VGA to S-Video converters, I really can't say how well, or even if they work.

    Found this converter on a site that I trust (Monoprice.com). It has plenty of positive reviews, but may be more expensive than what you're looking to spend ($27.51 + S&H).

    -Wolf sends
  6. Wolfshadw said:
    Sorry, I missed that part ("but mine doesn't for some reason"). :??:

    Not having any experience with VGA to S-Video converters, I really can't say how well, or even if they work.

    Found this converter on a site that I trust (Monoprice.com). It has plenty of positive reviews, but may be more expensive than what you're looking to spend ($27.51 + S&H).

    -Wolf sends


    Thanks again, i had a look at the converter but unfortunately I'm from the UK (i probably should have mentioned), so thats not much good for me, I had a look around for similar products but they all seem a bit expensive. I might try and swap my 4870 for one which does support S-video.
  7. If you can do that cheaply (or better yet, at no cost), that would be the way to go; fewer components, fewer cables, fewer points of failure.

    -Wolf sends
  8. You would have to check with XFX to see if your particular 4870 supports TV-out via a VGA to S-video converter. Not many cards support it so before you gamble on buying the cable it would not hurt to check.
  9. jesmoke said:
    You would have to check with XFX to see if your particular 4870 supports TV-out via a VGA to S-video converter. Not many cards support it so before you gamble on buying the cable it would not hurt to check.


    Thanks smoke, I'll send them an e-mail and see what they say.
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