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Postby gmattson » Wed Jan 21, 2004 1:23 pm

Al can probably help me with this:

On the back of the computer you sold me is a card with "DIF" out RCA and and unidentified output plug. Can these outputs be used for video??

If not, do you have any suggestions for an inexpensive way to output video to a camera or VHS external machine.

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Postby Deep Sea » Wed Jan 21, 2004 5:18 pm

Maybe, but I've gone through so many PC cards over the years, I'd need to see the card, or at least know what the card is.

Two things, seeing I'm in this forum for a few moments:

1) Did you receive and/or respond to my pm of several weeks ago?

2) I thought for sure that last night I posted the beginnings of a significant new virus warning post in this particular forum and was going to fill in the blanks over lunch today, but it's nowhere to be found. What's going on?
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Al. . .

Postby gmattson » Fri Jan 23, 2004 1:12 pm

The forums are running smoothly.... However, I haven't checked my PM in a couple days. Been out of town...

No documentation of that card.. just a RCA output and a funny little square opening with a red light inside the opening. Has a square plug inserted, which can be pulled out. The only markings is DIF.
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Postby Deep Sea » Fri Jan 23, 2004 5:33 pm

No, no! Don't pull that little suare plug... Thats where all them bugs, viruses, and minature Trojan Horses sneak in. The red-light gives them the ok by signaling them that the coast is clear.

Any markings on the card? Somehow, sounds like it could be an audio card of sorts.
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Postby Gene DeMambro » Mon Jan 26, 2004 9:12 pm

One way to output video to a video recorder or TV is to install a video card that has a TV-Out feature. Depending on what your video adapter needs are now, you might be able to do it on the cheap. MicroCenter in Cambridge has ATI 7000 video cards w/ TV-Out for $30. They might be a step-up or step-down from the technology you are currently using. Do you know what kind of video card you are using now?

Otherwise, I dunno....

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thanks Gene

Postby gmattson » Mon Jan 26, 2004 10:35 pm

That card should do. Currently, I just have a regular video card.... no outputs.
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Postby Gene DeMambro » Tue Jan 27, 2004 10:13 am

GEM,

Okay, I did some checking and I think I may have mistaken as to whether the card has a TV-Out feature or not. I was just there yesterday, and I could swear the box said "TV-Out". But I just checked the Microcenter website, and they make no mention of the card having that feature.

I have to go there on Tuesday, and I'll look at it again. If it's TV-Out, I'll get one for you. If not, I'll look at other options for you and report back.

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Svidio out

Postby gmattson » Tue Jan 27, 2004 1:12 pm

I'm not so interested in TV out, which I would image is a cable connection. Rather, an "S" Video (Out) connection is the best. RCA cables are OK, but the quality output is not as good as Svideo.

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Postby Gene DeMambro » Tue Jan 27, 2004 5:11 pm

I just got back from Cambridge, and work just called and offered a few hours of easy OT.....

The ATI 7000 card has outputs for VGA, DVI and and RCA jack for TV-OUT. Sigh. The card is yours, GEM, and I can drop it off any time this week. Or I can return it if you'd like something else. No problem at all.

If you decide to go with an S-Video card, they appear to be more expensive. Not so much b/c of the different jack but becasue they are more advanced technology and are of better quality and have more memory, etc. Say in $90+ range. Some of those are on sale as well.

Hope this helps....

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drop over for coffee or a beer Gene..

Postby gmattson » Tue Jan 27, 2004 9:24 pm

I'll have a look to see if it will output video.

Thanks for your help.

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That "thingy" thing on the back of the "cube&

Postby gmattson » Tue Jan 27, 2004 11:41 pm

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Postby Deep Sea » Sun Feb 01, 2004 1:26 pm

Hmmm...

A card or a little attachment that plugs into the motherboard?
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Postby Guest » Wed Feb 04, 2004 12:58 pm

It's an optical input. sweet!
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Hi Tony..

Postby gmattson » Wed Feb 04, 2004 1:20 pm

Good to hear from you again....

Hope all is going well. We missed you at Winterfest this year.

Sorry for being so dumb, but what kind of "optical devise" can be plugged in? I have an little camera already installed, but it used a USB connection.
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Postby Van Canna » Wed Feb 04, 2004 3:23 pm

Good to see you back on the forums.

How are things in the "warm room"? :wink:
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