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NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS TV Out function not working properly

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by SurgNurse08, Feb 26, 2010.

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    I recently installed a NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS video card into my Dimension 2400 desktop computer which runs Windows XP 32-bit OS. I bought this card for it's S-video capability so I can stream Netflix (or any other video) to my TV screen (which I used to do with my laptop, but it died - another story haha). I installed the card and downloaded the latest driver to my computer from the NVIDIA website (version 196.21 to be exact). I then turned off my computer, and plugged in the provided s-video cable to the back of my desktop, and connected it to a radio shack s-video to RCA (the yellow video connector for most TV's) converter and plugged it into my TV (which NVIDIA says shouldn't be a problem). I then followed the online instructions from NVIDIA on "Connecting a video card to a TV and enabling TV output". This included using the "Run television setup wizard" on the NVIDIA Control Panel. Upon following the prompts for the setup wizard I am taken to the first screen which says welcome and click next....so I do. It then takes me to the next screen so I can choose which display mode so I choose "DualView". Then it takes me to a preview screen and on my TV I see two halves of my desktop background swapped (the left is on the right and the right is on the left with a big black strip down the middle) and it is in black and white. So I go to the "Change resolution" setting on the NVIDIA control panel and try to change things around for my TV. The settings I chose are 800x600 with 60Hz refresh rate, s-video as the connector, and M/NTSC as the "TV format" as I am in the United States....then I hit apply and I see the desktop background flicker in and out of color on my tv screen for about 5 seconds and then only see a black screen, or the backward split screen image as before. Occasionally if I keep retrying the settings I will get a solid black and white picture of my desktop, no color. I have uninstalled and reinstalled the drivers, and reinstalled the driver from a different download site (as I thought the download may be bad). Same problems. I have adjusted settings every which way I can think of (both in the NVIDIA control panel and under display settings) and still have nothing. I have tried clone mode, using the tv as a single monitor, dual view, and still same problems. Oddly enough as well, whenever I try to adjust the resolution settings in the NVIDIA control panel, and I choose Svideo as the connector, when I hit apply, it automatically resets itself back to "Auto select". AND, whenever I click on the green swirl "NVIDIA Settings" icon in the lower right corner by the clock, my tv screen flickers with the color image of my desktop, but won't stay. I am at a loss, have tried every setting I can think of, and don't know what to do next. I even tried using another television and had the same issues. I wrote to NVIDIA and they have not responded. :mad: Thanks for any help!
     
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    In case you are wondering as well, I have disabled/uninstalled the other VGA adapter and the NVIDIA card is working perfectly in ever other aspect except the tv out function.
     
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