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watching an divx or avi on tv

Discussion in 'Computers' started by paul_austin, Apr 17, 2007.

  1. paul_austin

    paul_austin Well-Known Member

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    I'm not sure where to post this, so I thought I'd try here first. I'm trying to watch videos on my TV hooked up to my PC. Im using a SVHS cable and I can see my desktop, but when I try to play a video all I get on the TV is the media player window and no video in the window, but the desktop is till there. No sound either but one thing at a time. I'm using optical cable for the sound.
     
  2. WaterEC

    WaterEC Active Member

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    It's not unusual for computers not able to handle videos simultaneously on two monitors, still picture is much easier and less demanding. This depends on your video card. If you only want to watch video on your TV, just set the display output to your TV only, not on both TV and computer monitor. This way you will see video on TV.
     
  3. Jeff Jacobson

    Jeff Jacobson Well-Known Member

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    Rommel_L Well-Known Member

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    Paul,

    You have to make the TV as your main 'monitor'. As for sound, you need to connect that to your receiver. Jeff's idea is not bad either...

    -rommel-
     
  5. ChristopherDAC

    ChristopherDAC Well-Known Member

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    I suggest turning off "overlay" mode on your video card. In the overlay mode, the video decoding is (essentially) done in the video output section rather than in the computer itself, so the only component which "knows" what is there is the monitor — to everything else it's just a black square. You can't take a screenshot of it, either.
     

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