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Old 09-01-2004, 05:27 AM   #1
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Question Finding TV-out hardware


I'm building my own HTPC (Home Theatre PC) but the Asus Terminator barebone I use has no tv-out. Also, it has no AGP slot so it's got to be a PCI solution.

Now I'm looking for a cheap solution to this problem, but which solution is the best?

I heard that if I'm gonna buy a videocard for linux, it has to be a nVidia.

So I found this nVidia FX5200 PCI card with tv-out, but then I heard the FX's are pretty loud. And I can't use that in my HTPC!

I also looked for those VGA to TV converters, but they don't work well with animations (like: a movie). You seem to get tearing etc.

Please help me!

Thanks in advance!
Old 09-01-2004, 07:17 PM   #2
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There is a related sourceforge project:

You could d/l the source code and see if there is a list of supported cards. But how loud can a video card get? Is it really louder than a P4 or Athlon fan?
Old 09-02-2004, 08:04 AM   #3
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My FX5200 isn't loud at all. Hell, I can barely hear the whole computer, let alone the vid card. I played Far Cry and couldn't hear a thing.
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You do not need the software at because nVidia already includes TV out in the drivers. Read the nVidia documenation throughly and TV out will work.

You will always get tearing with VGA to TV converters (aka as rescanners). The VGA to TV converters from Focus Enhancements are the best converters you can get. The best way is to buy a TV and a video card with a DVI connector. The DVI connector will provide the best picture you can get from your video card.

If the video card gets to loud, use water cooling.

You could use xbox to be your entertainment center and place a computer in another room to do capturing or store videos, sounds, images. You will have to modify it and put Linux on it.
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Ok.. I bought the FX5200 and use it's tv-out! Thanks for all the help!!


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