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Second VGA Monitor using S-Video port?

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August 31, 2012 10:41:09 PM

Hello,
Hello,
I have an Nvidia GeForce 8500 GT video card which supports my VGA monitor through the DVI port via a converter. I want to add a second monitor to my PC (I have an identical VGA monitor available) but the 8500GT video card has only an HDMI output and an S-Video output available. I've already tried to convert HDMI to VGA and the display quality if lousy, so I'm wondering if the S-Video port can be used to drive my second VGA monitor. I don't want to buy another converter if the output quality is poor. CAn anyone help me with that?

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August 31, 2012 11:05:10 PM

S-Video would probably also have poor output quality even if it does work. There should be good HDMI to VGA converters that don't have lousy video quality.
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August 31, 2012 11:07:27 PM

absolutely - my actual suggestion would be to forget about using those old VGA monitors and replace both with new LCD's or the like

that will really make you smile when you see the resolution difference
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August 31, 2012 11:11:43 PM

That's assuming that the old monitors have low resolutions. Being old doesn't necessarily mean low resolution.
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August 31, 2012 11:16:16 PM

Please post the NAME of the monitor used as this seems very odd to me.

Is it really a "monitor" or is it an old CRT (tube) style television?
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September 11, 2012 2:44:41 PM

Thanks for your input - Sorry for the delay in responding - been out of town.
These are two Dell LCD monitors that came with Dell XP computers. I'm trying to run them with a newer VIsta PC. I'm using an HDMI to VGA converter (no brand name, it's a white box with "HDMI 1080" written on it, has VGA and audio output, HDMI input) and the monitor looks 'hazy', low contrast and resolution). NVidia tech support said HDMI to VGA converters would have low quality output. They suggested DVI-VGA (which I'm already using). See below:



S-Video would probably also have poor output quality even if it does work. There should be good HDMI to VGA converters that don't have lousy video quality.

This is the question I have - will S-Video also look poor? I'm using an HDMI to VGA converter and it's not good. I"m not watching movies on it, just regular computer stuff.

Thanks for your input.

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September 11, 2012 4:50:39 PM

S-Video doesn't have much bandwidth, if I remember correctly. It'd probably max out at a very low resolution. Quality for that resolution might not be bad, but compared to a higher resolution, it'd still not be good.
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