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On this page I'll show you the possibilities on how to connect you PC to your TV-set.

There can be several reasons on why to connect a PC to a TV, but I think the most important one is to playback movies in either DivX, VCD, SVCD or DVD format on your PC and showing it on TV.

Naturally, you will need an nVidia videocard that supports TV-out.

At the moment of this writing, I only cover videocards by ATI and nVidia. This page is for nVidia cards (Geforce and TNT models). For ATI cards, like the Rage, 7000, 8000 and 9000 series, see the ATI page. There are more TV-Out enabled videcards out there, however I do not own them, so if you have one and are prepared to write a page on that particular card, then please let me know, it will be highly appreciated by other WeetHet visitors (mail me)!

For the required hardware connections see: How to connect my PC to my TV.

Both brands offer high quality cards, but currently ATI is the runner up.

Note: for QUESTIONS visit our FORUM. Questions I receive by mail will most likely NOT or VERY LATE be answered!

Note: read the disclaimer.

ATI videocards connected to your TV

PC to TV

Before we can do anything, make sure the PC is connected to your TV. If you're not sure if you have done this OK, then please read this article: How to connect my PC to my TV.

nVidia software

Note: Snapshot might be slightly different, depending on the videocard and the drivers you are using.

For nVidia desktop videocards (for example GeForce or TNT), visit the nVidia website for the most recent drivers. Download them and install them.

Note: the so called "detonator" drivers are universal drivers for all nVidia desktop videocards, so it doesn't matter which card you are using. Make sure that you do select the proper Windows version!

Note: Laptop users should visit the manufacturers website of the laptop instead.

Make sure TV-Out is connected to the TV, and that the TV is switched ON.

Go to the Windows "Start" button. Go to "Control Panel" - "Display".

Go to the tab "Settings".

nVidia - Settings of the videocard
nVidia - Settings of the videocard

No select "Advanced".

nVidia - advanced settings
nVidia - advanced settings

Now click the tab "Geforce4 Ti 4600" (Other cards will display a different name here! It's the tab with the nVidia logo.).

nVidia - Geforce tab - Additional nVidia settings
nVidia - Geforce tab - Additional nVidia settings

In case the extra window on the right is not visible, then click the green button on the left in the middle (nVidia - Expand knop). The window extension will now appear.

Unfortunally, the settings of the nVidia cards are a bit more complicated than the ATI cards.

In the window extension on the left, click "nView Display Mode";

nVidia - nView settings
nVidia - nView settings

First click the "Detect Displays" button, so we are sure the drivers have "seen" the TV.

Now click "Clone".

nVidia - Clone mode activated - Monitor and TV should show the same picture
nVidia - Clone mode activated - Monitor and TV should show the same picture

Note: If you are using the DVI out for your monitor (usually with more expensive TFT/LCD displays), not using an adaptor to go from DVI to VGA, then you will most likely not be able to activate the Clone mode. In that case click "Device settings", "Output Device" and finally "TV".

Now click "Apply" - your TV should now show the computer screen.

To make sure a movie is displayed covering the entire TV screen,we now go to "Overlay Controls" using the window extension on the left.

A movie is usually displayed using the so called "Overlay" mode. A videocard "knows" this and can respond to this by setting the TV screen to full screen.

nVidia - Overlay controls
nVidia - Overlay controls

At the option "Full Screen Device" you can now set "Secondary display". Optionally, you can check "Track overlay rotation".

We're now done doing the settings. Click "OK" several times.


 

 


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