On this page ...
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
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
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
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.
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Note: read the disclaimer.
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.
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
No select "Advanced".
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
In case the extra window on the right is not visible,
then click the green button on the left in the middle ().
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
nVidia - nView settings
First click the "Detect
Displays" button, so we are sure the drivers have "seen"
Now click "Clone".
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
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
At the option "Full Screen Device" you
can now set "Secondary
display". Optionally, you can check "Track
We're now done doing the settings. Click "OK" several