S-Video question? ? ?

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I have a fairly new HP Pavilion ze5300 laptop which has an S-Video out jack.
I was under the impression this would enable me to play DVDs on my TV
screen.

I got a cable which goes from the laptop to the yellow video jack on the TV.
I also attach the sound from the laptop to the TV. The sound plays, but not
the video.

The s-video cable I'm using has a 4-pin connector on the laptop going to a
1-pin on the TV. I think there's a place on the TV for a 4-pin connector.

Any ideas welcome.
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  1. Archived from groups: comp.sys.laptops (More info?)

    The Yellow jack is "composite" which is very different from an S-Video
    signal. There are cables that purport to convert an S-Video signal to a
    composite signal, which is probably what you have. It's better to go
    S-Video to S-Video if you can.

    The monitor needs to be switched to accept a signal from it's video
    input jack(s).

    The computer may need to be switched to send a video signal to it's
    composite jacks, and sometimes this is far from trivial. It may involve
    some setup both in the laptop BIOS and also in the video driver and/or
    display setup parameters, and sometimes it's quite difficult to get it
    working.


    Ray Jenkins wrote:

    > I have a fairly new HP Pavilion ze5300 laptop which has an S-Video out jack.
    > I was under the impression this would enable me to play DVDs on my TV
    > screen.
    >
    > I got a cable which goes from the laptop to the yellow video jack on the TV.
    > I also attach the sound from the laptop to the TV. The sound plays, but not
    > the video.
    >
    > The s-video cable I'm using has a 4-pin connector on the laptop going to a
    > 1-pin on the TV. I think there's a place on the TV for a 4-pin connector.
    >
    > Any ideas welcome.
    >
    >
    >
  2. Archived from groups: comp.sys.laptops (More info?)

    Thanks Barry -- that sounds pretty damn complicated. Strange that they
    wouldn't have simplified such a task at this point in time.

    I'll keep trying

    Can I assume that the 4-pin connector on my TV is the right one to use in
    connecting the laptop to TV?

    -- Ray

    "Barry Watzman" <WatzmanNOSPAM@neo.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:41582196.8050701@neo.rr.com...
    > The Yellow jack is "composite" which is very different from an S-Video
    > signal. There are cables that purport to convert an S-Video signal to a
    > composite signal, which is probably what you have. It's better to go
    > S-Video to S-Video if you can.
    >
    > The monitor needs to be switched to accept a signal from it's video input
    > jack(s).
    >
    > The computer may need to be switched to send a video signal to it's
    > composite jacks, and sometimes this is far from trivial. It may involve
    > some setup both in the laptop BIOS and also in the video driver and/or
    > display setup parameters, and sometimes it's quite difficult to get it
    > working.
    >
    >
    > Ray Jenkins wrote:
    >
    >> I have a fairly new HP Pavilion ze5300 laptop which has an S-Video out
    >> jack. I was under the impression this would enable me to play DVDs on my
    >> TV
    >> screen.
    >>
    >> I got a cable which goes from the laptop to the yellow video jack on the
    >> TV. I also attach the sound from the laptop to the TV. The sound plays,
    >> but not the video.
    >>
    >> The s-video cable I'm using has a 4-pin connector on the laptop going to
    >> a 1-pin on the TV. I think there's a place on the TV for a 4-pin
    >> connector.
    >>
    >> Any ideas welcome.
    >>
    >>
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    rayj.balt@verizonDELETHIS.net (Ray Jenkins) wrote in
    news:aqU5d.3856$8H1.801@trnddc08:

    > I have a fairly new HP Pavilion ze5300 laptop which has an S-Video
    > out jack. I was under the impression this would enable me to play
    > DVDs on my TV screen.
    >
    > I got a cable which goes from the laptop to the yellow video jack
    > on the TV. I also attach the sound from the laptop to the TV. The
    > sound plays, but not the video.
    >
    > The s-video cable I'm using has a 4-pin connector on the laptop
    > going to a 1-pin on the TV. I think there's a place on the TV for a
    > 4-pin connector.
    >
    > Any ideas welcome.

    On my old IBM Thinkpad, the S-Video output was not ordinarily
    enabled; this might be the case with your HP. I don't know how your
    HP's video config is set up, but if you right-click on a blank spot
    on the "desktop" and select "Properties", you should find something
    to get you there.

    Of course, you'll also have to do something on your TV's input
    selector to make it take video from whatever input jack you're using.

    --
    Bert Hyman | St. Paul, MN | bert@visi.com
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    Does S-Video output from a laptop carry sound? From this message it appears
    to. If so, is there an adapter that goes from S-Video to the old coax
    composite? Although you'd lose picture quality, would it work? This might be
    useful if the TV set you are using doesn't have an S-Video input.

    "Barry Watzman" <WatzmanNOSPAM@neo.rr.com> wrote in message
    news:41582196.8050701@neo.rr.com...
    > The Yellow jack is "composite" which is very different from an S-Video
    > signal. There are cables that purport to convert an S-Video signal to a
    > composite signal, which is probably what you have. It's better to go
    > S-Video to S-Video if you can.
    >
    > The monitor needs to be switched to accept a signal from it's video
    > input jack(s).
    >
    > The computer may need to be switched to send a video signal to it's
    > composite jacks, and sometimes this is far from trivial. It may involve
    > some setup both in the laptop BIOS and also in the video driver and/or
    > display setup parameters, and sometimes it's quite difficult to get it
    > working.
    >
    >
    > Ray Jenkins wrote:
    >
    > > I have a fairly new HP Pavilion ze5300 laptop which has an S-Video out
    jack.
    > > I was under the impression this would enable me to play DVDs on my TV
    > > screen.
    > >
    > > I got a cable which goes from the laptop to the yellow video jack on the
    TV.
    > > I also attach the sound from the laptop to the TV. The sound plays, but
    not
    > > the video.
    > >
    > > The s-video cable I'm using has a 4-pin connector on the laptop going to
    a
    > > 1-pin on the TV. I think there's a place on the TV for a 4-pin
    connector.
    > >
    > > Any ideas welcome.
    > >
    > >
    > >
  5. Archived from groups: comp.sys.laptops (More info?)

    Alan Bell <alanbno2spam@blk.com> wrote:
    : Does S-Video output from a laptop carry sound? From this message it appears
    : to. If so, is there an adapter that goes from S-Video to the old coax
    : composite? Although you'd lose picture quality, would it work? This might be
    : useful if the TV set you are using doesn't have an S-Video input.

    Standard S-Video does not carry sound - I can't imagine a laptop's
    connector does. You can get the output from the headphone jacks with
    a separate cable...

    Andrew
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    No, S-Video never carries sound, no matter what the source. Sound is
    always carried separately.

    As I mentioned, there are some cables that [crudely] create a composite
    video signal from an S-Video signal in the cable. All that they do, in
    most cases is connect the chroma signal to the luminance signal with a
    capacitor.


    Alan Bell wrote:
    > Does S-Video output from a laptop carry sound? From this message it appears
    > to. If so, is there an adapter that goes from S-Video to the old coax
    > composite? Although you'd lose picture quality, would it work? This might be
    > useful if the TV set you are using doesn't have an S-Video input.
    >
    > "Barry Watzman" <WatzmanNOSPAM@neo.rr.com> wrote in message
    > news:41582196.8050701@neo.rr.com...
    >
    >>The Yellow jack is "composite" which is very different from an S-Video
    >>signal. There are cables that purport to convert an S-Video signal to a
    >>composite signal, which is probably what you have. It's better to go
    >>S-Video to S-Video if you can.
    >>
    >>The monitor needs to be switched to accept a signal from it's video
    >>input jack(s).
    >>
    >>The computer may need to be switched to send a video signal to it's
    >>composite jacks, and sometimes this is far from trivial. It may involve
    >>some setup both in the laptop BIOS and also in the video driver and/or
    >>display setup parameters, and sometimes it's quite difficult to get it
    >>working.
    >>
    >>
    >>Ray Jenkins wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >>>I have a fairly new HP Pavilion ze5300 laptop which has an S-Video out
    >
    > jack.
    >
    >>>I was under the impression this would enable me to play DVDs on my TV
    >>>screen.
    >>>
    >>>I got a cable which goes from the laptop to the yellow video jack on the
    >
    > TV.
    >
    >>>I also attach the sound from the laptop to the TV. The sound plays, but
    >
    > not
    >
    >>>the video.
    >>>
    >>>The s-video cable I'm using has a 4-pin connector on the laptop going to
    >
    > a
    >
    >>>1-pin on the TV. I think there's a place on the TV for a 4-pin
    >
    > connector.
    >
    >>>Any ideas welcome.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >
    >
    >
  7. Archived from groups: comp.sys.laptops (More info?)

    In article <jxV5d.10501$Ym1.197@trnddc03>,
    "Ray Jenkins" <rayj.balt@verizonDELETHIS.net> wrote:

    > Thanks Barry -- that sounds pretty damn complicated. Strange that they
    > wouldn't have simplified such a task at this point in time.
    >
    > I'll keep trying
    >
    > Can I assume that the 4-pin connector on my TV is the right one to use in
    > connecting the laptop to TV?
    >
    > -- Ray

    I'm not sure what you mean by 4-pin connector. You need to either hook
    up a S-video cable from the laptop to the TV, or if you don't have a
    S-video input on your TV, you need to get a RCA-to-S-Video converter
    (from Radio Shack). Then go to your Display Properties and change the
    video output to TV. Or you might be able to press fn-F5 to switch the
    display to the TV. That's what I do on my ZT1000 series. I connect the
    sound to my surround sound receiver and watch movies all the time.
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