Playing video from a U.S. Laptop to an Indian TV

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by ben.s.carlson, Jun 23, 2007.

  1. Hi,

    I'm a U.S. I.T. worker and I'm currently on assignment in Chennai,
    India. I'm trying to make my laptop play DVD's on my TV in my hotel,
    but I'm not having much luck. I have an IBM thinkpad with an ATI
    graphics card and a Samsung DNIeJr TV (Model CS-21Z30MA (H)). I've
    set the output to PAL but I'm still having no luck seeing a picture.
    Any suggestions?

    Thank you,

    ben.s.carlson, Jun 23, 2007
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  2. Define "no luck seeing a picture"?
    Do you mean that the screen is completely black?
    Do you mean that something is there but severe
    "tearing" or "rolling" (i.e. not "syncing-up"?)

    Are you sure the TV is capable of displaying from
    an external input? Hotels sometimes use special
    models with certain features disabled, etc.

    Exactly how are you connecting from your PC to the
    TV? Are the PC output, cable, adapters, (etc?) known
    to be working?

    Are you sure that the PC and (unidentified) software
    is capable of outputing PAL, even if the original
    (file? DVD?) is NTSC?
    Richard Crowley, Jun 23, 2007
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  3. ben.s.carlson

    Paul Guest

    About all I can contribute, is a manual and the spec page. There isn't
    enough detail to suggest exactly what the thing is looking for.

    Paul, Jun 23, 2007
  4. ben.s.carlson

    Frank Guest

    Like Richard said, and I really don't know of a single PC-based
    DVD-Video player program that will play an NTSC disc and output a PAL

    If you're playing an NTSC disc, you'll need either an NTSC television
    or a multi-standard television on which to view it.

    OTOH, if you're trying to play a PAL disc and the television is either
    PAL or multistandard, then it should work unless, as Richard has
    suggested, you're using a "hotel style" telly with certain features
    disabled. I stayed in a certain Hilton a while back where aside from
    displaying various Linux boot screens, all you could do was watch
    "Hotel approved" content - including movies and games. Forget about
    connecting an external audio/video source. And the thing had an
    incredible multi-tiered security system. I guess that they figured
    that many of their $399 per night guests were going to walk off with
    their $150 POS televisions at check-out time. Paris should spend less
    time in jail and more time running the business, is what I think.
    Frank, Jun 23, 2007
  5. "Richard Crowley" wrote...
    OTOH, if you are seeing the rest of the computer desktop
    on the TV, but there is a black rectangle where the video
    should be, that is a problem with the video player and your
    video drivers. Some applications write directly to the video
    RAM (for speed/performance reasons), and bypass the part
    that converts to video for export. You might be able to find
    a player applicaton and/or a version of the video drivers that
    allow playback on the external screen (the hotel TV).
    Richard Crowley, Jun 23, 2007
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