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show you the possibilities on how to connect you PC to your
We have published an updated article on Tweaking4All: How to connect your PC to your TV ...
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 a videocard that supports TV-out.
At the moment of this writing, I only cover videocards by ATI and nVidia.
This page you're looking at right now is a generic approach on
how to connect the proper cables, and how to identify if your
PC videocard supports TV-Out.
For specific software settings, see these pages: ATI
cards and nVidia
I'm aware that there are more TV-Out enabled videcards, 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
Both brands offer high quality cards, but currently ATI is the
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LATE be answered!
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PC Aansluiten op de TV
OK, so what do we need to connect your PC to a TV?
CARD WITH TV-OUT (Video Out)
Naturally we do need some kind of connection on our
PC to connect to the TV, we're looking for a TV-out connector. TV-Out
only means: VIDEO out in such a sense that our TV could be able to handle
A lot of laptops do have a TV-Out as well.
Tip: When buying a laptop,
make surte it has TV-Out. Laptops are portable and can therefor be placed
next to your TV when you decide to watch a DivX movie!
Note: TV-Out only means that
there is a Video signal comming from this pin, that can be connected
to your TV. This is an entirely different signal than the signal needed
for the antenna connector on your TV!
DOES MY PC HAVE A TV-OUT
Commonly, you will be able to identify this by looking
at the back of your PC, look for the VideoCard (your VGA monitor is also
connected to this card!).
Most videocards by ATI
and nVidia (but not all!) have such a connector. It's a MUST for a modern
Tip: Since price difference
is minimal or even zero, make sure a videocard you want to buy has TV-Out.
You might not use it right away, but it is damn handy later on. Adding
one later is very difficult if not impossible!
S-Video (also known as Super Video or S-VHS)
Commonly, a TV-Out connector is a S-VIDEO connector.
It looks a bit like a connector for your mouse/keyboard (see A and B in
the pictures below). These come in several variants;
- with Video-IN and Video-Out signals in one connector
- using Composite video or Super Video
- only S-VIDEO
- only Composite video
Usually special cables come with these cards, that
convert the connector to a more common connector, like a tulip connector
for composite video.
Tip: When starting out, do
your first attempts to connect the PC to a TV using the cables that came
with the card!
Naturally, when you TV supports S-VIDEO, then please
use a S-VIDEO cable to connect your PC to your TV as it will result in
the best quality.
Some cards have a tulip connector (see C in
the pictures below). This commonly is a Composite video signal,
where color and synchronisation signals are mixed into 1 signal.
Combinations of S-VIDEO and composite video occure
- although rarely - as well.
Below you'll see some pictures of TV-Out connectors.
Some examples of VideoCards with
PC's with an onboard videocard or laptops, can have
TV-Out connectors as well.
In the pictures below you see images of a Shuttle
SN41G2, a Sager laptop
and a Toshiba laptop.
Onboard videocards and laptops
can have TV-Out as well
ON YOUR TV-SET
TV-Out is all nice and dandy, but we do
need a similar connector on the TV-Set, called TV-IN or Video-IN (also:
AUX or EXTERN).
Do not forget that you will also need
to connect your sound card to the TV for sound!
We do need the LINE-OUT connector of the soundcard for this purpose.
Tip: if you
TV is missing a suitable connector, then consider using your VCR instead
if this one does have a suitable connector. Set you TV to the VCR channel
en set your VCR to AUX or EXTERN.
These are the connectors you come across
on your TV;
(you will need additional equipment for this!)
This round connector, usually on the back
of yout TV, is intended for the antenna or cable. This is not directly
suitable for use with your PC's TV-Out!
The antenna connector is not intended
for Video-IN. However a RF modulator can help with this. It converts
the Video/Audio signal to an antenna signal. It's basically the same
"converter" that is installed in a VCR as well ...
RF modulator converts audio and
video into RF (antenna) sigaal
The signals (video and audio) of your
PC are connected to the RF-modulator using tulip connectors.
Tip: Most RF
modulators you can buy are MONO AUDIO, so make sure you're buying a STEREO
version! Commonly you will find these RF-modulators (VHF) at satellite
Antenna connectors (the most common ones)
are these two;
Commonly used in European TV equipment.
One simply presses the connector on to the connector in the TV.
This connector is rarely found in the US.
Europeas antenna connector
This connector is more common in the US.
One "screws" the connector to the TV.
American antenna connector
(you'll need to get a separate cable for that)
This rather weird connector is commonly
used in European TV equipment like TV, VCD, DVD, etc. I haven't seen
these much in the US.
Usually you'll find it at the backside
of your equipment. The great thing about this sonnector is that it holds
all connections you'll need - including audio.
|SCART connector (male)
|SCART connector (female)
Downside is that you will need to build
or buy a separate cable. Below you see the pinout of the SCART connector
and how to connect it to a S-VIDEO or Composite Video tulip connector:
|Audio OUT (right)
|Audio IN (right)
|Line-out right soundcard
|Line-out right soundcard
|Audio OUT (left or mono)
|Line-out shielding soundcard (GND)
|Line-out shielding soundcard (GND)
|Audio IN (left or mono)
|Line-out left soundcard
|Line-out left soundcard
|RGB Blue IN
|Clock out (clock pulse)
|RGB Green IN
|RGB Red IN / Chrominance (C)
|Chrominance videocard (pin
|Composite Video OUT
|Composite Video IN / Luminance (Y)
|Composite video, videocard (pin
|Luminance videocard (pin 3)
|Composite shielding videocard
|Shielding videocard (pin
*Note: the pinmber between brachet,
indicate the pins of a S-Video connector!
Note: We do
need to connect Audio as well with this connector. Audio can be taken
from "LINE-OUT" of the soundcard!
In the S-VIDEO section, you will find
more info on the S-VIDEO connector.
Video and Audio Left/Right in tulip-connectors
More recent TV's have separate tulips
for audio and video input. Sometimes on the front, side or back of a
TV or VCR.
|1 - Red tulip
|2- White tulip
|3- Yellow ttulipulp
|4- Black connector
Note: the core
of the tulip connector is the signal. The silver ring around it is shielding.
Most video cards come with special cable
to go from S-VIDEO to tulip. Some are simple (left) and some are very
TV-Out cables: simple and complex
The cable on the right is for example
for use with TV-IN enabed cards.
As you might have noticed: both the adpater
cables, the videocard and the TV have FEMALE tulip connector and will
not fit. You will need to get a cable with a male tulip connector on
each end of the cable in order to connect these devices ....
S-Video isn't used often in Europe. In
the US it's a more common connector. The advantage is that this is a
rather small cable. The downside is that it's not so very easy to insert
Here you see two variants of the S-VIDEO
the 4-pin and the 7-pin variant:
connector pinout (female)
After connecting the hardware we do need to do some
settings in the software of the PC.
Required settings for TV-Out are usually done using
tools that come with the drivers of your videocard. As these are different
for each manufacturer, we will discuss these on a different page.
ATI cards used to be mostly used in laptop, but now
a days ATI is working on a strong come back in desktops as well - and
in my option offer much more performance than their nVidia counter parts.
nVidia is commonly known for it's desktop graphics,
but has entered the laptop market as well with their Geforce2Go and Geforce4Go.
They're not bad, but I still prefer ATI.
Note: do not use the drivers
for the desktop graphics cards on laptops. Rather use the drivers you
can download from the manufacturers website of your laptop!
Currently we have these descriptions for videocard:
Software settings for ATI cards and nVidia