PC video card with component out capability.

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Old 01-31-09, 10:42 AM
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PC video card with component out capability.

I am interested in using my PC to stream videos from Netflix. However, my Philips LCD does not have a VGA input. So I was looking for an adapter that would allow me to go from the video out on my computer to the component video inputs on my TV. However, I understand that not all video cards support component out.

My computer is almost 6 years old and I doubt my video card supports component out. I was hoping someone could recommend a video card that would. I don't want to spend too much, since I can a Netflix Player (by Roku) for $99, and I don't want to invest too much in a 6 year old computer.

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Old 01-31-09, 11:08 AM
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I'm sure they may be out there, but I haven't seen one. Most have DVI, VGA, and S-Video out.......

Do you have an S-Video input on the TV? Thats what I use in the mancave(garage) and it works just fine. DVI to the monitor, then S-Video to the TV. Use Dual Monitor mode and its great for DVD's and online videos.
 
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Old 01-31-09, 12:45 PM
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I am going through this myself and have found that to have a component video or HDMI connection on a video card you need to have a PCIe video card which your computer likely won't support.

You can use a VGA card with standard tv out.
Cards that have an s-video connector can use an adapter to RCA
 
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Plenty of AGP cards available that have all three as I listed before...thats what I have. Just had to buy a new card a month or so ago...bout $50 at NEWEGG I think.

But yeah, you probably will need either PCI-E or AGP.
 
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Old 01-31-09, 08:59 PM
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Easiest way to do this...

If your video card has DVI out...and your TV has HDMI in...buy a $5 DVI<->HDMI converter.

Cheap..easy!
 
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My video card has only a VGA out port. No DVI nor s-video. So, it looks like I can do what I need for ~$55 or so. That's what I'll do, unless someone else comes up with a better/cheaper what to do it.

Thanks for all replies.
 
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Old 02-02-09, 11:38 AM
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For the record: DVI doesn't include sound though, so you'd need external speakers for anyone wanting to try crabbyman's solution (or a much more expensive converter)
 
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Old 02-02-09, 01:13 PM
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I saw this device which looks like it will allow me to get composite or S-video without getting a new video card. This device is <$25. So, I may go this way. Either way, I guess I'll need separate audio.
 
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Might work for you...though the "fine tuning" to adjust things kind of bothers me. Reminds me of the bootleg cable decoder boxes that you had to tweak and play with to get a reasonable picture back in the 80's. I'd need more info on what the adjustments actually are for.
 
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Personally, I'd go for a secondhand or relatively obsolete graphics card. The result will be better than a scan converer.

I have a computer probably just as old as yours which currently has an Nvidia based G-Force 4 MX440 card which has S-video out, which I didn't pay too much for a few years ago.
 
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Old 02-02-09, 03:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Gunguy45 View Post
Might work for you...though the "fine tuning" to adjust things kind of bothers me...I'd need more info on what the adjustments actually are for.
Thanks! I didn't even think about potential issues with fine tuning.


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Personally, I'd go for a secondhand or relatively obsolete graphics card. The result will be better than a scan converer.

I have a computer probably just as old as yours which currently has an Nvidia based G-Force 4 MX440 card which has S-video out, which I didn't pay too much for a few years ago.
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Video cards with video or dvi out are so cheap anymore.

Check newegg.com...I saw one today that was $40 and would be great for digital streaming and video use.
 
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I just wanted to give an update to this post. I purchased the device that I linked in message #8 in this thread. The device cost $26.97 and I am very happy with the ease of set up and the performance. No adjustments were necessary in my case, other than switching from PAL to NTSC. At least in the short term, this device was easier and cheaper than the other options I considered.

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