View Full Version : TV as monitor, good for videos?

July 28th, 2006, 03:03
I know the method of using an S-Video out cable and setting up your videocard to use the TV is pretty standard, but I hear the quality is horrible.

A good S cable costs like 3-5 bucks, is it worth it?

I plan on using it for videos and maybe play some of those old games I never got to. Using a laptop of course.

July 28th, 2006, 03:14
It's worth it, you should beable to run at the TV's native resolution (if it is HD)

July 28th, 2006, 05:15
It's worth it, you should beable to run at the TV's native resolution (if it is HD)

Nope, no HD. Thats the thing. If it was HD I know I would get good visuals.

July 28th, 2006, 18:22
Ive used the s-video out on my video card a few times on a normal tv, gotta say its not enjoyable. Its too blurry to read text making playing games and regular tasks horrible, and the tv I use is really good quality too. I cant imagine movies much better.

August 22nd, 2006, 06:49
well, from my limted expirece with certain tv out functional devices, its well worth it, for example my dxr3 has dvd quality mpeg out (DVD and Mpeg only) capabilities and such, but for regular tv out, u might wanna get a scan converter and just plug your vga into it

August 22nd, 2006, 06:51
It also depends on the tipe of TV, It would work very desent with a panasonic with black tube.

August 22nd, 2006, 07:29
Normally video cards output on S-video a 1024x768, and it will comeout blurry. HD-out is much more richer and definately worth it if you have a hd-tv. Normally s-video cable is just a neat little feature that nobody really uses for much but if you have a decent tv and are interested in movies then buying a cable isnt a bad idea but dont expect it to be nearly as clear as your monitor, but it is nice if you want to watch a movie with friends...