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Walken
January 18th, 2011, 06:24 PM
Hello folks. I have a nine year old Dell computer and a television that only supports S-Video that I do not believe is HD.

If I were to purchase a PC to TV video converter (http://www.amazon.com/PC-To-TV-Video-Converter/dp/B001CJOLBW/ref=lh_ni_t_) and an audio to RCA cable, and load the Boxee software on my old computer, would I be able to make this work?

Are there any additional steps required in order to make it happen?

Thanks!

clcallegari
January 18th, 2011, 07:07 PM
I have that exact device, and it will NOT work, as the Boxee Box only has HDMI out, not s-video.

neveroffline
January 18th, 2011, 07:19 PM
needs to be moved to Boxee forums...

For the Boxee Box from HDMI some ppl can get to DVI to work, but not others.

As for the PC side, most of the older video cards had the SD output, so you could use that to your TV, but the newer cards are all HDMI/DVI/Component. If you can find one with S-VIDEO out, it should work with Boxee on the PC end. Never tried however so no clue how that would work.

Walken
January 18th, 2011, 07:19 PM
RE: ClCallegari- For sure, but I think you may have mis-read my query.
My plan is to install the Boxee software on an extremely old computer which has an SVGA/VGA out port.

RE: NeverOffline- Thanks man, I suppose it might be worth a shot, it would be a $20 experiment, which could yield upwards of $700 in savings at the expense of time with slightly diminished quality, if this ends up happening, I will certainly post results here.

If anybody has tried this, please holler!

neveroffline
January 18th, 2011, 07:38 PM
RE: ClCallegari- For sure, but I think you may have mis-read my query.
My plan is to install the Boxee software on an extremely old computer which has an SVGA/VGA out port.

RE: NeverOffline- Thanks man, I suppose it might be worth a shot, it would be a $20 experiment, which could yield upwards of $700 in savings at the expense of time with slightly diminished quality, if this ends up happening, I will certainly post results here.

If anybody has tried this, please holler!

One more thing to remember, your video card with the S Video output should have some sort of HD processor (to relieve the older PC) to handle the video (in this case down-scaling from 1080p or 720p to 480). I think the 3800 series HD Radeons still had the SVIDEO out on at least a few cards, but some are double slot PCI-E, so you'd need the room inside the case to fit the card at the PCI-E x16/x8 slot. Personally, I think you should look for a newer passive card without a fan but with a svideo and support for 1080p processing. Problem is the newer cards all have DVI/HDMI.

You really should invest in a new LCD TV though, when you can. :) You will love it and they are only getting cheaper the bigger they get.

clcallegari
January 18th, 2011, 07:40 PM
RE: ClCallegari- For sure, but I think you may have mis-read my query.
My plan is to install the Boxee software on an extremely old computer which has an SVGA/VGA out port.

RE: NeverOffline- Thanks man, I suppose it might be worth a shot, it would be a $20 experiment, which could yield upwards of $700 in savings at the expense of time with slightly diminished quality, if this ends up happening, I will certainly post results here.

If anybody has tried this, please holler!

Ah yes, sorry. I read too fast and assumed you were talking about the Box. This should work to get Boxee software from a computer to your TV. Before the BBox I was using this device from an old laptop to my TV. The quality from the device is only as good as the TV or monitor you are going to display it on. It's not bad for $20, but there is definitely quality loss.

topcat139
January 19th, 2011, 07:54 PM
Hi Guys,

I' actually run boxee and everything on an old hp mobo, with a p4 2.8 512 l2, northwood ore. 1 gb of mem, shared with the vid chip, 82865g 96 mg of ram go to it.
i actually have a great running unit here. Much to my suprise. As for outputting through an svga out, yes you would need a card that has a analog out for a tv. BUT, when the conversion to the standard tv signal takes place, there is a huge amount of loss to the video signal. remember the tv only has 480 line, plus is interlaced, and limited scan rate, different depending on the country's format.
You could consider using A PICO projector, they have about the same resolution, but there is much less loss.
If you need a video card with this connector I have a few here. I would happily ship one to you. PM me if you want it. Any other questions, just drop them here.

I use a large pc monitor for my setup, I haven't got a television any more, haven't for several years now.

Well, later!

ben:cool:

asoduk
February 4th, 2011, 12:50 PM
My first boxee pc was similar to this, using an old HP D530 and a video card i had floating around. This exact unit is actually what I use in my bedroom.

Anyhow, get your resolution setup nicely in your OS first, then work on boxee. The biggest issue is just screen real estate. "800x600" will work, but I will warn you that once you get it working well you will be spending the money to make a better setup.

Text is what will bother you the most.