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Dell Dimension 3000 PC Desktop DVI

Trying to connect my computer to my Television. My television accepts PC-DVI and so does my computer. The screen in blank however. Any suggestions? It seems the cable works because the TV can identify with it.

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Mike

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Hello,

Normally you have to open Control Panel, then open Display. From the Display properties dialog window, choose Settings and then Advanced. Your video card should have features available for all potential external displays. This includes TVs. That may be listed as a choice or you have to find the button to 'automatically find/detect TVs'. Once you get to the TV property sheet, you want to choose 'Clone' or words to this effect. Once your TV is found (your S-video or HD cable needs to be connected and active) then you can see your desktop on the TV. You can set parameters for the TV display. These are normally 60Hz unless you have a HD TV and then you can set a higher refresh rate and video display size 800x600 and 640x480 are common for an analogue TV. Use higher displays for your HD Flat Screen to accommodate a 16:9 width. Once you have activated Clone mode set your TV to the input line your HD cable or S-video cable input and you should see your desktop on the TV..

Some things to be careful about is how the display on the TV screen performs. Does it stretch your video out of proportion or not, and if it does you need to hunt for a property value you can set to modify what you see now to what you want to see.

Many video players on your PC or Laptop can clone your display adequately. But, there are some players that are preferred. Once in VLC media player and the other is Windows Media Player classic found after installing the K-Soft Full Codec package. Both of these are free and can be found in the Multimedia section of http://www.majorgeeks.com/. You will also want to ensure you have the latest Codecs available. Once again, the preferred program is K-Soft Full.

Let me know how you make out.

Regards,
Worldvet

Posted on Oct 19, 2008

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