CCC - Force TV detection - X1300 PRO



Hello again,

I am interested in running an old Samsung 27" analog TV from the S-Video output on my X1300 PRO.

I believe that I can use the S-Video to RCA adapter that came with my TV Wonder 650. This purple cable has a yellow RCA for video, as well as white and red RCAs for left and right audio respectfully. The S-Video DIN will plug into the X1300 PRO's S-Video out connector, and I can use a separate RCA cable to connect to the TV's yellow/white/red input connectors - it does not have RCA component connectors.

My question involves my anticipating an X1300 PRO will not automatically recognize such an antiquated TV, and therefore I assume that I will have to install CCC (reluctantly) and use the "Force TV detection" option.

My primary concern relates to refresh rates. I believe this old TV will run at 480i, but I have no idea what refresh rate(s) it can handle and I don't want to blow the tube/electronics.

Any suggestions or guidance is sincerely appreciated.

Thanks again!

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Just general info for anyone new to sending a signal from your graphics card to a std TV.

If it is a std NTSC TV a 480 tall interlaced signal is what it expects, or 576 PAL... Age is largely irrelevant -- if you can hook up a cable stb to it, that's basically what the graphics card will send. I believe that there was a forum thread explaining how the TV is detected by the presence of the S-Vid or composite cable connected between your card & the TV -- might search for it if interested. Many of the older ATI cards show a slightly altered display on boot, before windows starts & with a TV connected, showing that the card detects the TV.

CCC can be set to detect the TV automatically or manually. In addition it lets you set the size of the picture sent to your TV -- your TV will still get a (semi?) std NTSC or PAL signal from the svid or composite cable (no way around that). With the TV activated in CCC, you'll also have controls related to overscan etc that allow further tuning the TV's display. NTSC TVs run at 60 Hz, PAL at 50, but I don't know that the svid or composite cables can send a std TV a signal other than the standard... regardless the setting in CCC, the card is going to send it an at least close to spec NTSC or PAL signal, same as your cable box, because anything else & the TV wouldn't/couldn't be expected to understand it.

Physically connecting a TV can be done either with an svid cable [generally plugged into the svid port between the display outputs on most ati-based cards], or if the TV doesn't have an svid input, using an svid to RCA plug adapter. If the TV lacks any svid or rca inputs, an RF adapter can be used -- most RF adapters I've seen have rca inputs, so might need both adapters [then again it's been over a decade since I've actually held and looked at an RF adapter, so maybe some have svid inputs now?]

Activating a dual display can be done in CCC or window's display properties, though without CCC you don't have as much control or as many options. I'd suggest anyone viewing video with an ATI graphics card check out the 2X00 owners' thread in the HTPC section of for info etc on Avivo processing. If I remember correctly on older versions of the cat drivers CCC wasn't needed for dual display, but I don't know how well it works without CCC currently (with 8.4 drivers).
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