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Comp to dvi problem

I brought a dvi cable to install my laptop to my rca monotor. for some reason I'm not getting any picture when I tune my t.v to the dvi channel. and everything is hooked up. please help

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  • sublimeguy83 Jan 10, 2009

    i have a dvi-d dual cable running to a dvi-vga adapter and i get sound from the audio splitters but i dont get video either .. i think it might be my laptop graphic card isnt strong enough for this .... but i have s-video that works so im guessing ill have to sacrifice the video quality until there is a fix??? anyone out there have any solutions?



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Try going into your control panel in your computer and if you have nvidia then open the settings and it should set itself to it. or try to start your laptop up with the tv on. there should also be some hotkeys you can use to change the output of your tv.

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The RCA will not respond to a DVI-I signal. So make sure your laptop is actually DVI-D, and not DVI-I. The easiest way to check is look at the plug on the TV verses the plug on the laptop. If your Laptop has a DVI slot that appears to have more prongs it's a DVI-I, and will not work.

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There are some settiings on your laptop you need to set specific for tv monitors different dvi format is used

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