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DVD played from computer to TV?????

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Jac12, Sep 6, 2002.

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  1. Jac12

    Jac12 Thread Starter

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    Hi,
    I think I remember something but not enough to answer this question for myself so I'll ask you. I think I heard something about a TV card but I am not sure.

    Can I put a movie into my DVD player on the computer and watch it on the TV? If so could you please tell me how to do this? I have to go buy the sofware Power DVD XP to get my DVD ROM to work and might as well get everything I need at one time. The TV and Computer are not in the same romm but a close. The computer room is just off the living room.

    Jac
     
  2. pvc9

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    Yes you need a TV card for that.
     
  3. Davey7549

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    Video cards with TV out come in all shapes, sizes and have different specs.
    Two Items you will have to look for one computer specific and the other television to card.
    1) Find whether you computer has an AGP slot available for the card you are buying or does it only require a PCI slot.
    2) What kind of connection will your television accept? S-video or RCA connectors. Note: some cards only come with S-Video out so be careful.

    Also another two items to consider is the TV out card will only have video out. You will need to hook-up to the sound card output to retrieve the Audio left and right channel. To do this you will be required to have a 1/8 "Y" Splitter to RCA.
    Now the cable length available at most stores for RCA cables is limited in lengths. I was only able to find 12 FT lengths. Online cabling stores may have longer.

    Here is a search at one of the local online retailers to help kick off the search.
    http://www.nextag.com/serv/main/buy...nced=n&searchnode=-1&search=tv out video card

    Dave

    Edit: PS: If you currently have on-motherboard video you may have to disable the video so investigate your Motherboard at the manufacturers site.
     
  4. Jac12

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    Boy, that was quick. This is what I know:
    I have on board video.
    I have an AGP slot avalible.
    I have a RCA TV so I guess it will be a RCA.
    My husband is an electrician so the cable length or splitter will not be a problem.
    How do I hook up to the sound card output? On the back of the computer?
    I know I have to buy something else to make the DVD player work on my computer.

    Jac
     
  5. Davey7549

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    Not so on the RCA TV relationship to a RCA connector! The Connctor type got its name years back because RCA patented it.
    You may have and S-video connector on your TV. Stop by an electronics store and visual S-Video Connectors and RCA connector types so you will know what you TV has.

    Here is a link to what you will need for a plug in to the line out if RCA of your audio card. http://www.pc-extras.com/prods/auys35.html

    As far as software for playing DVD's there is many different products. The one I use is InterActual:
    http://player.interactual.com/default.asp?code=AP
    Upgrade:
    http://player.interactual.com/default.asp?code=PU
    You will also need a DVD Decoder such as PowerDVD or the like. If you visit this site they are available for free.

    Dave
     
  6. Casey820

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    Buy the time you buy a video card and cabling, you could have purchased a DVD player for your TV. Low-end ones can be found for $50-$60, and then you have a remote control that allows you to pause, rewind, and fast forward. If you connect the computer to the TV, you'll have to jump up and run to the other room to do these things.
     
  7. Jac12

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    LOL, I know I can buy one cheap. I just wanted to see if I could do it the other way. You know....No way like the hard way...lol.

    I downloaded the Interactual one but it would not work. I kept getting the message that I needed a decoder then after I downloaded the Zoom one I get the message I need filters. I emailed them at the support site and they told me that I had to have the filters and they were not supplied with the interactual player.
    I think it is a horrible thing that Creative can make so much money off it's DVD ROMs but supply no software to make it work. Jac
     
  8. Casey820

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    There's nothing wrong with wanting to know how to connect a computer to a television or even trying it out. I just thought I'd warn you about the costs before you invest too much money in it. A new video card with TV out could cost as much as a DVD player for your TV.

    If you purchased a retail boxed DVD drive for your computer, it should have come with software to play DVDs. If you purchased an OEM drive, then software is not included.
     
  9. Jac12

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    I bought it from the show and got no box. However I will get it fixed lol. I have learned so much. I built this computer myself and the only problem is the DVD Player. I didn't know about the software but now I do. That won't happen to me again.
    Jac
     
  10. Davey7549

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    Sorry about the foul-up on the filters! Seems a bit low leading people on that the player is free and then leaving out an essential part. I received my copy as an free add-on to a Matrox G450 ETV card I purchased for downloading Analog VCR tapes to MPEG2 format on my PC for burning DVD or SVCD or VCD Disks. The ETV card also has all the TV-out functions which is nice.
    Dave
     
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