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    Question LCD's and pc to tv converters?

    hey I'm still looking into makeing a mp3 system for my car i was hopeing to use an in-dash screen unit (like the alpine 1005) and a pc to tv converter. anyone have any experiance w/ these contraptions? they work or suck or what thanks

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    Trident makes a cheap ($30) video card that has tv-out on it, I would suggest this method over an actual converter. Easier, cheaper, and I think that most converters require an outlet (could be wrong).
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    200mhz, 20gb hotswapable drive, 128mb, Winamp w/full-screen vizes, (upgrading to WinAmp3 in near future), 5" LCD screen, controled by numberpad, Sproggy PS under construction, custom mounting case under construction.

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    I just bought a PC to TV adapter cable from a guy who was advertising it in the local paper. It cost me $70 AU. It looks good with my Alpine CVA1000E. Cant remember the brand though, the box is at a friends place. Ill post tomorrow and let you know.
    BTW it takes an input from the VGA cable, draws its power from the PS2 keyboard plug and gives you composite and S-Video outputs.
    It looks better on the Alpine than my Voodoo 3 TV out did!!!!

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    Originally posted by BeAR:
    I just bought a PC to TV adapter cable from a guy who was advertising it in the local paper. It cost me $70 AU. It looks good with my Alpine CVA1000E. Cant remember the brand though, the box is at a friends place. Ill post tomorrow and let you know.
    BTW it takes an input from the VGA cable, draws its power from the PS2 keyboard plug and gives you composite and S-Video outputs.
    It looks better on the Alpine than my Voodoo 3 TV out did!!!!
    Bear,
    I'm putting together am MP3 system now with the video section comprising an Aopen PG80 with the Sis 6326 chip (composite out) together with a 4" LCD (composite in). When running a standard video signal (TV playback) to the LCD the image is fine, but when switching it to the computer output, the image is totally illegible. Do you think using this cable with the VGA output of the card would clear this up? Thanks

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    mmm I guess it would, but Id probably have a play around with any settings that come with the motherboard your using first. I suppose in a perfect world the composite out of the PG80 should in theory be the same as the composite out of my adapter cable.

    I dont know the motherboard in general, but I guess there would be some settings you could change.

    1) Is the output NTSC or PAL?
    2) Is the input of the LCD NTSC or PAL?
    3) Have you tried the output on a regular TV input in your house?
    4) Are you using the same Video cables for both setups.

    Just a thought or two.


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    Depends on what you mean by illegible.

    If you mean the fonts etc are to small to read, you can make them bigger.

    Realize that little screen does not have 640x480 dots, it actually has about half of that, so to get a legible display you need to make whatever you are looking at bigger.

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    BeAR,
    To answer your questions, I'm not sure what motherboard settings your referring to (it is a HOT-637 by Shuttle). About the output of the PG-80, at Aopen's site they don't even list TV-out as an option for this card, however it does have it and I picked up this card second hand so I don't have the manual and I don't know about it's output. For the input of the LCD it does list NTSC and PAL compatability. Didn't try the output on a TV, this setup will be for a car MP3 unit so I need the LCD. Used the same quality, shielded RCA cables for both.

    DodgeCummins,
    By illegible I mean too pixelated to discern anything, all I want is to use Winamp's front end as a shell. While doing so the front end only fills up about 1/3 the screen, there is an option to double its size but that only seems to double the size of the pixel and doesn't help at all. I hadn't tried adjusting font sizes under control panel/display yet, does it adjust the size of everthing else in the dialog window accordingly?

    Thanks for both your responses!

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    By the way,
    Anybody have an idea what the 4-pin DIN connector on this Aopen PG-80 video card is for? Aopen's site has no info.

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    That is a rough question...probably the best way to get a good looking display is to use a winamp plugin. There is one called WinTV (I think) that is a full screen display.

    Normally if you set up the fonts in the control panel display Appearance. That will change the size in all windows (if they are standard)

    I think winamp uses their own setup.

    I think for displaying winamp on a 'tv' you will have to use a plugin.

    I don't look at winamp on the display, only the data on my 40x4 LCD.

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    Sorry, I was refering to your PG80 not your motherboard. Apologies.
    The four pin din plug would probably be a Super VHS input.
    Im also using winamp so I can sympathise with you on the way winamp looks on my 5 1\2 inch LCD. All Im doing is setting the font size to 26 for the play list, and opening the play list out to full screen. It looks quite clear and I can see which song is playing by the highlighted text. I can live without knowing how long the song still has left to play. A small trade off I guess.

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