Monitor Clone with ATI's x1600 Pro?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by brentromero, Apr 7, 2006.

  1. brentromero

    brentromero Guest

    I have a Gateway 820GM Media Center Edition 2005 with all the latest drivers
    installed and I recently installed ATI X1600 Pro graphics card but I can't
    get it to drive both my VGA monitor and the S-Video output to my tv. I
    didn't have this problem with my old (and still standing-by for
    re-installation) ATI 300X/500X graphics card.

    When I try to enable the second output the primary monitor blinks like it's
    doing something but then the second monitor icon greys out again. I
    downloaded all of the latest Catalyst Converter upgrades - even the
    Hydravision that I don't even have a clue about yet - and still I can't
    enable the 2nd monitor function.

    Just to be sure, I re-installed my old X300/X500 graphics card and reloaded
    all the old drivers, yada, yada, yada, and the S-Video output came right

    I accidentally discovered I can drive the S-Video output when I called up
    the MCE and started tweaking the ATI settings from the start-up screen: one
    was for the monitor and the other was for the tv. Once I selected tv it
    switched over to driving the S-Video output.

    Is there a setting I'm not aware of? PLEASE!!! Don't tell me I spent $300
    buck for this "One Monitor At A Time" feature!!
    brentromero, Apr 7, 2006
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  2. brentromero

    DanAllen Guest

    I have a 825GM with the Radeon X300 card as you do. I can't help you, but i
    hope you can help me. I Have the S-video hooked up from the card to my tv,
    but I don't know what to do next. How do I display my comp monitor to my TV?
    Where do I go to tell my comp I was a second monitor... any help would be
    most appreciated, and of course, the simplier and more explained would be
    even better.
    DanAllen, Apr 9, 2006
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  3. brentromero

    brentromero Guest

    Dan, I figured out both problems: first, I needed to connect my pc monitor
    to the DVI port using the DVI-VGA adapter. Apparently the other VGA port is
    for single monitor use. Once that was done, I could get my card to recognize
    the tv on the S-Video port.

    You can get the pc to use dual monitors in a couple of ways with either the
    catalyst converter tool or the old-fashioned way by going to the Settings tab
    on Display properties (right-click on a blank space on your desktop). Click
    on the second monitor (grayed out) and check "Enable as my secondary monitor."

    I had to fiddle with it as it sometimes wanted to make my tv the primary
    monitor with all the desktop icons but experimenting was half the fun.

    The Catalyst Converter has a Basic dual monitor enable function that gets
    you in the ball park also.

    When I finally connect my HDTV, I'll use the DVI port and put the pc on the
    VGA port. I'll let you know how that goes....
    brentromero, Apr 10, 2006
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    DanAllen Guest

    i am using a s video connection, and i am not even sure where to start
    looking to set up what your talking about....
    DanAllen, Apr 17, 2006
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