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    VGA or Composite? Drivers...

    Hi. I recently purchased a Via EPIA M9000. Using default Windows XP drivers, the composite out works. However, upon installation of the drivers on the CD that came with the board, the picture only works on a VGA screen. (Meaning I have to run SAFEMODE to uninstall the driver). Does anybody know why this is happening? And if not, would this part work adequately to convert the signal...

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    My goals: Use media-engine, auto-play, or some other embedded software like that, and to run and to eventually hook up OBD II

    I am on a budget and don't neccessarily feel like buying a VGA screen because of driver issues, if a Composite LCD will work. I do however plan on interfacing OBDII on my computer. With composite, will reading text (just with an OBDII program) be a problem? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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    after 30min of messing with settings and switching from ntsc to pal, and using 800x600, i can read 14+ font sitting in my seat regularly, and size 12 with a little squint...composite will get you by fine

    for GOOD quality, however, you do need vga to display text in windows...its a big help

    as for the driver...i have no idea why xp would not allow tv out to work...maybe you have to INSTALL another driver for it to display?
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    Using default Windows XP drivers
    Default Windows drivers don't support TV-out. You have to download the drivers from the manufacturer to get TV-out to work.

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    Well sorry but you are all missing something here. He installed the VIA drivers and it suddenly doesnt work! There is an explanation for this. Just install a VGA monitor AND a TV in the Tv-out slot. Reboot and then go to properties...advanced etc. where you will be able to tick both CRT and TV-out in order to actiavte tv-out under windows!

    When you install the EPIA drivers , tv-out is disabled by default and you have to switch it back on! Hope that helps!

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    Much thanks MaleBuffy, thank you for understanding what I was asking. I will go through those procedures now, I just download the new release of the video drivers, September 22, from the VIA website. Thanks again!

    Another question... I found a composite monitor that has a pixel count of 640*480, but it is STN not LCD. Is it better to get the high resolution STN (I gather from this forum that STN is inferior than LCD) than to get a lower resolution LCD (Do they perform better?). If my question is hard to understand due to wording, please let me know and I will try to state it more clearly. Thank you.

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    STN is LCD, but LCD is not STN.

    STN is a form of LCD, an older, slower form. TFT is a much better form of LCD, very little delay. STN and DSTN LCDs had ghosting whenever something moved fast, but TFTs are nice and ghost free. Most video LCDs nowadays are TFT.

    Hope that made since.

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    It did make sense, thanks for the help... btw malebuffy i've got the composite working great, thank you.

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