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    Laptop Video Out

    I don't think this is a "computer" question but it may be! My son and I both have older Gateway laptops (mine PII 266, his PII 233) with one of the (yellow) video out ports. I've used mine successfully to project to my 35" TV screen with a video cable I picked up from Radio Shack. I loaned him my cable and told him to set his TV on channel zero and plug my cable in to the yellow video ports on the computer and television. When he toggles Fn-F3 on the laptop where he SHOULD go from computer to TV to both, he only says he sees a slight flash on the TV screen but no image from the computer. Now HIS television is one of those BIG, widescreen (50-something inches) and has a yellow video connector on the front panel as well as in back. Does anyone know of something unique to his setup that must be done? I'm gonna ride over later in the evening but I thought I'd check here to see if anyone has any pearls of wisdom.

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    Re: Laptop Video Out

    Well, NTSC video is pretty standard, so I think the TV should be able to handle whatever signal the computer can send it. I posted a message about my experience with Dell's laptop TV out (probably on this board), and how to make sure the driver was configured for TV out. But it hasn't always worked for me, either.

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    Re: Laptop Video Out

    As long as the computer send out an NTSC signal you should be fine with the TV, but if the Video Out is NOT NTSC, the TV won't handle it at all.

    What Jefferson says "NTSC video is pretty standard" is true for North America. But there are probably on the order of 20 different analog composite video standards out there. NTSC, PAL (about 3 or 4 different falours) and SECAM all come to mind quickly.
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    Re: Laptop Video Out

    Big Al, I had a similar problem on an older Dell laptop at work. Turned out that the wrong driver for the video card was loaded. The correct one worked wonders.

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    Re: Laptop Video Out

    Thanks for your comments fellas. I spent a couple of hours last night with my son and discovered that HIS laptop (Gateway Solo 5150) does a really crappy job with video out. I figured out early on that his large screen TV has to be set to DVD to receive a video out connection from the computer (or a video game, for that matter). The laptop's Windows video properties page has an advanced setting where you TURN ON "TV" with a checkbox. Having done that, I got a signal to the TV but can't get it in color. We had to give up for the night. Don't know if we're gonna write it off as an impossible task or not because I also have a year-old Gateway laptop PIII 600 that IMMEDIATELY sent a beauty of a signal to that 52" television screen, so his old 5150 may just be a lost cause. Thanks again for your comments.

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