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    How get video out on laptop?

    I have dell laptop. Model number c840 and it doesn't have video out. How do i get that? do i have to buy a PCMCIA card?? I try to search i couldn't find anything... Help i need to i hooked up my headrest tv's and i need to get them working.

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    You could get a VGA transcoder, but it's hit and miss on the quality... I got an AverMedia doodah that I picked up when I was first starting with my HTPC setup, but I dumped it and got a video card with TV out because the quality wasn't all that good...

    Keep in mind that the good ones are reasonably expensive, and that you will always get what you pay for. Oh, and make sure you get VGA --> composite or s-video (depending on what your headrests have). They do sell some that are VGA --> component as well, but you probably can't use those.

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    Would this work???
    http://cgi.ebay.com/USB-2-0-TV-TUNER...QQcmdZViewItem

    Let me make it little more clear. I am trying to get dual video setup. I only have vga connector on my laptop. I need video out put. So i can use get video on my headrest and visors tv's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kickercivic1
    Would this work???
    http://cgi.ebay.com/USB-2-0-TV-TUNER...QQcmdZViewItem

    Let me make it little more clear. I am trying to get dual video setup. I only have vga connector on my laptop. I need video out put. So i can use get video on my headrest and visors tv's.
    That's going the wrong way... that's video into the laptop via USB. You need video out, and AFAIK the only way to do it is to transcode the VGA signal to composite after it leaves the laptop.

    No promises, but I'll dig around tonight and see if I can find that AverMedia transcoder in the computer room tonight. If I find it, and I find the power adapter for it, and it still works, I'll ship it over if you can make use of it.

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    I can't wait for you to find it. Thanx..

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    You need something like this:

    http://www.aver.com/products/comptv.shtml

    IIRC, I have (somewhere) the "iMicro" one here. It supports 1280x1024 and has a vga passthrough as well as composite/s-video outputs.

    AFAIK the only difference between that one and their more expensive ones is the resolutions supported (which doesn't matter when you're using a headrest monitor ) and their "flicker control" crap -- which I don't know if it works. Either way, the one I have/had worked, but I was trying to connect a PC to a 51" TV, so it magnified its suckiness...

    For a 7" headrest monitor it might work fine... only catch would be the power, since I don't remember how much juice it used.

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    I hope its 12v input... Oh and would this converter give me dual video support?? becasuse i can have gps on my vga monitor and music videos on other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kickercivic1
    I hope its 12v input... Oh and would this converter give me dual video support?? becasuse i can have gps on my vga monitor and music videos on other.
    No it wouldn't... all it does is transcode the VGA signal to composite. All of the outputs on the device have the same signal, since it's split after the video card.

    The only way I know you can get multiple outputs is with another video card, or in your case something like this -- which basically adds another video card but it's usb.

    I think I remember somebody here posting about a similar product, but I'll be damned if I remember the specifics.

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    So That would be better then a coverter then right??

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    I think the only thing you would be able to do in your case is get the USB video output, and a transcoder. Of course I also think that's a complete waste of money for the lack of quality you're going to get out of it.. But, if you just need to play movies on it and don't need anything readable, it'll work.

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