Monoprice VGA to RCA
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- This converter box will convert a VGA computer display signal into a composite (Yellow RCA) and/or S-video TV display signal
- It even has a VGA pass through so that you can keep your computer monitor connected while sending a signal to the TV
- All outputs are driven simultaneously
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As someone else noted, you'll have to make sure to switch from PAL to NTSC if you're in North America (default is PAL). This is configured with dip switches.
I did not have to deal with the problem of the settings having to be readjusted after every use (that WOULD be annoying), because I didn't really have to adjust anything. Of course, the edge of the desktop was rolled off the edge of the screen on all four sides, but this is because of the nature of old-fashioned SD CRT televisions: they are actually designed to cut off some of the picture so that there is no "wasted" space. If I wanted to, I could have probably fiddled with the "zoom" and positioning controls, but for what I wanted to use it for: watching streaming video (primarily old tv shows) off the web full-screen, that was unnecessary. The edge-to-edge effect with the tv cutting a bit off the edges is how we have watched tv for decades.
I am running mine through a Philips HDD DVD recorder, simply because that was the device that had convenient A/V jacks on the front in my rack. Probably it helps with some of the signal processing as well.
It is important for buyers to have correct expectations with this device, however: you should not expect crisp PC-monitor-like graphics and easily readable text fonts. Your old-style CRT television is simply not capable of producing a high-res image and was never designed to display computer output. Likewise if you use an LCD with this device it will be the same because the composite and S-Video inputs on even an LCD tv are designed to accept and display a signal of CRT-tv quality.Read more ›
The pros are that it is small and works quite well for video. I tried it with three different pcs and the quality of the video input will determine what you get out of it.
Cons include the quality of text output to the screen and the use of a USB port for power. If you use large fonts and icons, a lower resolution setting (800x600) and a quality video card you can read text well enough to surf the web (but you will have to use scroll bars at that low resolution) - I am using an older 36" Toshiba (pre-HD)
I am overall pleased with my purchase. I would recommend it for the price.
The size and position for horizontal and vertical are easy to set, but the device forgets my settings every time I turn it off. Since I am powering the device from the computer's USB port instead of using a separate power supply, this happens every time I turn the computer off.
Since the device sits behind my computer and TV, I find it easier to live with only being able to see the top 60% of my lower panel (GNOME) or task-bar (Windows) than it is to re-configure the device every time I turn on my computer.
My TV is about 37 inches and not high definition (free at the dumpster when my neighbors got a HD flat-screen :-) ). I find that text is too fuzzy to read without large fonts for the OS when I use 1024x768, so I keep my computer set to 800x600.
A word of advice, do not let your computer automatically adjust your display size because it will automatically detect 1152x864 which is an unsupported resolution. At this resolution, my TV flickers and there is double-image with most text un-readable. Depending on your OS, this may or may not be possible to prevent, and it can be very difficult to override since the screen is garbled when you try to change the settings (especially if you don't know the keyboard commands for your OS).
This product does come with instructions and troubleshooting but it is not very detailed. The problem I had was getting a picture to show on my TV. I set the NTSC panels down for USA. I put the VGA connection in my laptop and connected the other end to the VGA in port on the converter and the S-Video out to my TV. Vertical colored lines showed up on my TV screen (like the when a tv network goes off and they are testing) I was able to press the menu button on the converter and I did see the menu options come up. So I knew I had something right.
((( SETTING YOUR LAPTOP DISPLAY )))
I ended up having to set the Display menu on my laptop. Click Start, Control Panel, Display. Click on the Settings tab. Then click advanced Then you will have to click the tab that displays what type of viewing equipment you are using. (Not general, adapter, monitor, troubleshoot, color management) Its the tab that I didn't list here ... LOL ... You then want to set it to dual view. You might have a drop down box or option box. Once you set it click ok.
I hope this helps, cause it took me an hour to finally figure it out... LOL... GOOD LUCK!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Technology changes so often it's obsolete sometimes by the time you get in the mailPublished 9 hours ago by Rodney L Kidd
I use it to connect an iPad to an older TV, and it works great! I got it a couple weeks ago and have used it twice, so if there are any long-term issues I haven't encountered them... Read morePublished 5 days ago by q
Although the item looks nice, has the appropriate cables and jacks, it just doesn't work. The instructions are useless. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Barbara
I would give it a perfect rating because it's really the little gadget that worked wonders for my wallet. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
worked great. The picture quality is not HD but it's not what its designed for.Published 12 days ago by Shawn Getter
Absolute crap! Died not long after use and was quickly destroyed in a fit of rage.Published 17 days ago by Stang5_0
- It does what it says it should do.
- I guess it's a tough and really undesirable technology, but these guys do it. Read more