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    Forcing TV-Out with Epia M

    Is there any software like TV-Tool that will force the TV-out for the Epia-m motherboard or will I have to use the resistor trick? Also if I use the resistor trick I read somewhere that 750ohm should do it, does anyone have some input on this?

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    i think you mean 75ohm
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    I just got my epia m10000 today, and the ram I ordered was on backorder, so I wont get it for a couple days. I also ordered a TM-700 screen which I'm waiting to come in also. Is this true that without a vga monitor hooked up that I'm going to have to build this to make it think one is hooked up? I can't test it out because I don't have any ddr ram to install, but I can't imagine why there wouldn't be a way to do this via software, or why it wouldn't work without it. Is everyone here with the epia m motherboards doing this vga dummy trick?
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    I don't think the VGA dummy is exactly what I want since it seems to just make the computer boot not enable the TV-out if I understand it correctly.

    As for the 75 ohm, yeah I guess I miss read it which sucks because I just bought a bunch of 750 ohm resistors... Would converting the composit to coax and using a 75 ohm coaxial cable do the trick? Or is there a better method?

    I looked for a way to get a resistor inline cleanly with the cable but couldn't come up with anything.

    I think I'm going to play with powerstrip a little more, maybe I can get that to work for me. Thanks for the help guys.

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    Re: Forcing TV-Out with Epia M

    Originally posted by adamis
    Is there any software like TV-Tool that will force the TV-out for the Epia-m motherboard or will I have to use the resistor trick? Also if I use the resistor trick I read somewhere that 750ohm should do it, does anyone have some input on this?
    Doesnt the Epia auto detect if there's a TV connected to the composit video and auto turn video out if it detects it? My FV24 does. I used it as HTPC before I took it apart and installed it in my truck. You might want to check the BIOS setting. On my FV24's BIOS there's a setting for auto detect TV.
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    Ive got a M, and I dont use such a thing. The only quirk with the m9000 is the video driver. If its set for tv out and you boot it up without anything connected, it will default back to vga, and not output on the tv out in windows until you connect it to a vga montior and reselect tv out. Or atleast that's been my experience, if theres a workaround, id be glad to hear about it.
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    Dang, well the resistor trick works ok but I lose a lot of signal clarity mainly because the only resistor I have around here is a 120 ohm resistor.

    My LCD just doesn't output this resistence that would cause the screen to be detected. So, now I'm on to a software hack or figuring out how to get a resistor in the setup.

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    I think I figured out a solution for my setup. I am using a 90 ohm resistor across the composit video out but using the s-video output for the actual display. So the motherboard detects the resistor and thinks there is a screen but the driver switches to the s-video to display stuff. This produces a nice and clean display so I can't complain to much. I hope VIA produces a hack to there drivers to fix this problem.

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    Originally posted by adamis
    I think I figured out a solution for my setup. I am using a 90 ohm resistor across the composit video out but using the s-video output for the actual display. So the motherboard detects the resistor and thinks there is a screen but the driver switches to the s-video to display stuff. This produces a nice and clean display so I can't complain to much. I hope VIA produces a hack to there drivers to fix this problem.
    Does your screen have a s-video connection or are you using an adapter from s-video to composite?
    My M10000 board and my TM-701 are on the mail (Thanks Armen!!) so I need to know how to get this working. Thanks

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