S-Video Output from new laptop acting weird question...

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by magicianstalk, Jan 11, 2005.

  1. Hey all,

    With the New laptop I have now, i can use an s-video cable to
    output to a TV just fine. However, I am on vacation and the tv only
    has RCA video in. A friend gave me what I thought was an S-video to
    RCA adapter. So, i plug the adapter in my laptop S-Video out port,
    then run an RCA video cable to the TV.....nothing happened. Upon
    closer inspection, it turns out that the "s-video" end of the adapter
    actually has a ton more pins in it than a regular s-video cable. It
    fits fine, but i cannot get any output from it. Unlike svideo, it's
    all pins with no little black rectangle thing. I would say there are
    close to 10 pins. what is this, will is still work?


    magicianstalk, Jan 11, 2005
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  2. wrote in
    It's an adapter for a specific video card that plugs into a
    multi-purpose socket on the video card. Different adapters connect
    to different pins on the computer end of the cable to provide
    different functions at the other end.

    It will only work on the original video card - or at least some (but
    probably not all) other cards by the same maker.

    You might be just plain lucky that nothing was damaged by using this

    Gene E. Bloch, Jan 11, 2005
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  3. So....

    Even if my new compaq laptop has the s-video out port (with all of
    the extra pin holes) i still have to use a regular svideo cable? The
    one with all the pins wont send video even if all the pins match?

    magicianstalk, Jan 14, 2005
  4. You could get a proper universal s-video to composite adaptor instead of
    that proprietary one you appear to have.
    Chris Phillipo, Jan 14, 2005
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