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Computer TV output (RCA) - no colour

I connected from my PC's tv-out (rca) to my the back of my small TV (rca - video-in). I only get black and white pictures. I changed to a new cable..no luck. Tried adjusting the TV setting to PAL, NTSC, AUTO... no luck. I even tried the TV's front sockets.. no luck. I then tried on a different TV, no luck. Later tried on the second set of video-in on this TV. It works! But the thing is I need to get the first small TV to work with color. Could someone please help?

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  • alfixya Dec 15, 2008

    Hi. I am not sure. What's the easieest way to find out?

  • alfixya Dec 15, 2008

    it only says standard plug and play.etc

  • alfixya Dec 15, 2008

    Unfortunately, I've got a Chinese version of Windows. So I can only translate what i can see on the screen. It says something like standard VGA display card...plug and play..etc. Can't find the word ATI or NVIDIA. Any other places I can check?

  • alfixya Dec 15, 2008

    The computer monitor is plugged in near the mouse/keyboard sockets using normal VGA plug. The works fine. A separate TV card has three RCA outputs (red, white, yellow) and an S-Video out. It's the yllow RCA output which is giving me a headache. It works (with colour pictures) on the second video-in on the large TV only. It just does not give me colours on the small TV, no matter what setting I use in the TV (PAL, NTSC, AUTO).

  • alfixya Dec 15, 2008

    I am not technical. Can you pls direct me where to check the card setting?

    Also have a problem with my email ( @y7mail.com). It keeps on dropping out !

  • alfixya Dec 15, 2008

    No I don't. I can open up the case, would it has the name printed on the card?

  • alfixya Dec 15, 2008

    Can't see the brand name. I can only see 'Hynix 4434' which I believe is just the memory on the display card. That would not help much. So I need a driver for the card?

  • alfixya Dec 15, 2008

    How do I find out whether I have the driver or software installed or not? Would the system hardware list under the Control Panel be of any help at all?

  • alfixya Dec 16, 2008

    I have:

    Sigma Designs EM8400 based MPEG Decoder

    Traditional video capture devices (translation)

    Traditional audio drivers (translation)

    Media control devices (translation)

    Video decoder (translation)

    Audio decoder (translation)

  • alfixya Jan 14, 2009

    Thanks all for the advises. Tried but still no luck. I have now worked out the problem, out of my expectation. I was trying to buy an NTSC-to-PAL converter from ebay. I came across this cheap one but it says it only works on 60Hz PAL TV. Mine runs on 50 Hz only. Hmm...maybe the computer is outputting 60Hz signal. Without buying the converter, I went and bought a little cheap TV from ebay which runs on both 50 and 60Hz, and supports NTSC and PAL. Hooked them up... BINGO !!!

  • Mike Fish
    Mike Fish May 11, 2010

    ok i will research this card and i will let you know what i can come up with for a solution for you :)

  • Mike Fish
    Mike Fish May 11, 2010

    i have an idea, ok do this, right click my computer and select properties then click the hardware tab and device manager, i want you to press the + next to sounds video & game controllers, you may see something in there that says conexant, or something of that nature, if you would could you tell me the devices you see in that list

  • Mike Fish
    Mike Fish May 11, 2010

    well it has to be installed if you can already use it, but i think you may only have the driver and not the software needed to change the settings

  • Mike Fish
    Mike Fish May 11, 2010

    what is the name of the program that you use for this? yes if you can see it clearly, i would need the name on the main chip, or if theres any white branding on it somewhere that would be good as well

  • Mike Fish
    Mike Fish May 11, 2010

    do you know the brand/model of your video out card?

  • Mike Fish
    Mike Fish May 11, 2010

    check the cards settings and make sure the output is set to composite and not component/s-video, yes i know its plugged into an rca jack but the settings may be odd like that (i had an ati video card with rca out that i had to do that with)

  • Mike Fish
    Mike Fish May 11, 2010

    oh then you would need the driver for your video card, where does your monitor plug in? near the usb and keyboard/mouse inputs? or top slot near the bottom?

  • Mike Fish
    Mike Fish May 11, 2010

    i need to see the rest of it, ie. standard plug and play monitor on _____ (this is the part i need)

  • Mike Fish
    Mike Fish May 11, 2010

    right click and empty spot on your desktop and click properties, click settings and it will be where it says display

  • Mike Fish
    Mike Fish May 11, 2010

    what is the video card you are using? ati or nvidia?

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I had the same problem and nothing worked for me until I changed laptop settings to NTSC_M
So, briefly what I have: S-Video to S-Video cable, laptop (Thinkpad R51, Windows XP, with Intel(R) extreme graphics controler ) and TV set (Samsung, quite old one). The problem was that after connecting my laptop S-Video (4 pin) with S-Video (4 pin) of my TV, I had black and white (no colour) picture.
Solution is the folowing:
- connect your laptop and TV (both S-video 4 pins)
- mouse right click on your laptop desktop screen
- in the popup menu select: 'Graphics Properties'
- "Output to"
- select "TV"
- properties "NTSC_M"

keep in mind that if your are not connected to TV, Graphics Properties don't show TV as an option. So, that was very confusing for me, as I saw similar solution somewhere but was not able to find NTSC_M settings on my laptop
Good luck

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