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    General non-carPC HW Question

    I figured I would post here because of all the experience

    I have a Radeon X600 video card which has a 7-pin s-video connector. Now from what I have been reading the pinout of the outer 4 pins is the same as a typical 4-pin s-video connector. The additional pins are for the composite signal so I should be able to connect a standard 4-pin s-video cable in there...

    So I went out and bought a very expensive 6' s-video cable with 4-pins. I plugged it into the card and into the back of the TV. I went into the driver setup and set it to cloan the monitor to the tv. Problem I am having is that the TV is not recognizing that there is a signal there.

    Now I'm wondering was it right to plug that s-video cable in the back of the card or is my tv maybe the problem.

    I can't find much on this doing searches and since it is a DELL system I found them to be VERY useless after an hour on the phone because juggled from person to person.

    Anyone with experience using this 7-pin connector. Can I just plug a standard s-video cable into it?

    Thanks,
    Chuck

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    Yes, I have used a 4pin cable on the 7pin ATI s-video jacks. You are correct, the extra pins are for the composite signal (I actually did a continuity test on the included composite adapter once to see for myself).

    If you are having trouble getting the s-video output to turn on, you can try plugging everything in when the computer is off and then turning the PC on. It should detect all of the displays when windows boots. If that doesn't work, you can try another cable or another TV set.

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    Thanks for the reply. I will try again tonight when I get home.

    Chuck

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