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Nicias
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 6:04 pm    Post subject: VGA to svideo Reply with quote

I don't know if this belongs here or in hardware, or if its really even a gentoo question. I'm looking to set up a new htpc using (for now) a rather old TV. The tv takes composite and svideo inputs. The motherboard I'm looking at is this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813500059

I was hoping to use an adapter to change the vga input into svideo for the tv (Until I get a new TV.) I looked at this cord:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16882339047

But it has all sorts of disclaimers. Any thoughts about if this is the right sort of thing?

For reference, here is the whole build:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=9379969
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=108846 <- Won't work. You'll need a converter box.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for the quick reply!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VGA and svhs/composite are very different signals, but there are indeed 'converter boxes' as Gusar notes.

However, display quality is terrible.

If you want to drive an old TV there's nothing I can recommend more than a Matrox G400 with the 'dfbmga' mplayer output. Its quality (dfbmga's, in particular)is unmatched.
It's bee almost seven years sinds I first started using this setup, a couple of years ago I donated this kit to my girlfriend (I just use my 22" monitor now) and everytime we watch a movie at her place, I'm stunned that TV, for all its limitations, can look that good.

G450 and G550 should work too.
You'll need to get them from Ebay or something, and you'll need an AGP slot, unless you find the G550 PCIe somewhere.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 2:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, thanks for the info. It looks like I just might have to wait until we upgrade our TV to upgrade my mythbox then.
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