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How to enable TV-Out - ThinkPad

The following systems support TV-Out functionality. Click a link to view the setup instructions.

Notes:
  • S-Video cable and Audio cables must be purchased separately.
  • You must have a S-Video capable TV connected up to the system with an S-Video cable. Without a S-Video device attached, you will not be able to enable the video out support.
  • Change the display settings to 800 x 600 before starting; you need to do this since most TVs will not support higher resolution settings.
  • You need to make sure that the video format selected on your computer is the same as the video format required for your television, see Video Formats.
  • The TV only setting is recommended for the viewing of movies.
  • Some projectors allow the use of S-Video connection. Follow the same instructions as TV-Out for this setup.

ATI Radeon (4MB, 8MB or 16MB) - ThinkPad A20p, A21m, A21p, A22m, A22p systems
ATI Radeon (16MB) - ThinkPad R32, R40 systems
ATI Radeon 7000 (16MB or 32MB) - ThinkPad A30, A30p, R32 systems
ATI Radeon 7500 (16MB or 32MB) - ThinkPad A31, R40, R50, R51, T30, T40, T41, T42 systems
ATI Radeon 7800 (64MB) - ThinkPad A31p systems
ATI Radeon 9000 (32MB or 64MB) - ThinkPad R50, R51, T40, T41, T42 systems
ATI Radeon 9600 (64MB) - ThinkPad T42 systems
ATI FireGL 9000 (64MB) - ThinkPad T40p systems
ATI FireGL T2 (128MB) - ThinkPad R50p, T41p, T42p systems
ATI Radeon X300 (64MB) - ThinkPad T43, Z60m systems
ATI Radeon X600 (128MB) - ThinkPad Z60m systems
ATI Radeon V3200 (128MB) - ThinkPad T43 systems
Intel 900 (256MB) - ThinkPad T43 systems
Intel Extreme (900) Graphics - ThinkPad R51, R52, Z60m, Z60t systems
S3 Graphics (8MB or 16MB) - ThinkPad T20, T21, T22, T23 systems
Trident CyberBLADE (8MB) - ThinkPad R30 systems

 

Setup instructions for ATI Chipsets
  1. Connect the S-Video cable and audio leads (optional) to the S-Video out port and audio jack ports as shown below on your ThinkPad system to your TV.

    The S-Video port is typically located on the left side or back of the system
    S-Video out port Audio jacks
  2. Right click a blank area on the desktop and click Properties.
  3. Click the Settings tab.

    Below is an image of the settings tab:
    ATI Display Properties

  4. Click the Advanced button.
  5. Click the ATI Displays tab

    ATI Displays
    Above the graphic of the TV, there are two tabs - Power and TV

  6. Click the Power tab (the circle with the line in it) and then click the Apply button. When asked if you want to keep the settings, select Yes.
  7. You can now click the TV tab to view the different settings.

There are four tabs available once the TV tab is opened.

Attributes: This allows you to adjust the TV's Brightness, Contrast, and Color Saturation with a Defaults button to return to normal settings.
Adjustments: This allows you to adjust the Screen Position and the Vertical and Horizontal Screen Size. It is limited to usually five clicks.
Advanced: This allows you to adjust the S-Video Sharpness, Composite Dot Crawl, and Flicker removal by adjusting Chroma and Luma settings.
Format: This allows you to adjust the Format by Country or Format (i.e. NTSC or PAL - all versions are listed).


Notes:

You can enable the video-out setting without rebooting. Simply close and reopen the Display Properties windows with the cable attached to enable the video-out setting.
Fn + F7 to switch between displays only works once. It will change back to the LCD, but the TV settings still show in the above mentioned windows. You can change back to TV out without rebooting the system. Just close and reopen the Display Properties window with the cable attached to switch back to the TV.

 

Setup instructions for Intel Extreme Graphics Chipset
  1. Connect the S-Video cable and audio leads (optional) to the S-Video out port and audio jack ports as shown below on your ThinkPad system to your TV.

    The S-Video port is typically located on the left side or back of the system
    S-Video out port Audio jacks
  2. Right click a blank area on the desktop and move the mouse arrow down to Graphics Options, then to Output To as shown below.

    Intel Extreme

  3. There are several options available to display to the TV.

 

Setup instructions for S3 Graphic Chipset
  1. Connect the S-Video cable and audio leads (optional) to the S-Video out port and audio jack ports as shown below on your ThinkPad system to your TV.

    The S-Video port is typically located on the left side or back of the system
    S-Video out port Audio jacks
  2. Right click a blank area on the desktop and click Properties.
  3. Click the Settings tab.

    Note: Clear the check box "Extend my Windows Desktop onto this monitor" on display 2 if ticked then click Apply.

    Below is an image of the settings tab:
    S3 Display Properties

  4. Select Display 1 and click the Advanced button.
  5. Click the S3 Display tab.

  6. S3 display

  7. Clear the check box LCD
  8. Select the TV check box , click Apply once a tick is in the box
  9. Click OK and the new settings will be applied.

 

Setup instructions for Trident CyberBLADE
  1. Connect the S-Video cable and audio leads (optional) to the S-Video out port and audio jack ports as shown below on your ThinkPad system to your TV.

    The S-Video port is typically located on the left side or back of the system
    S-Video out port Audio jacks
  2. Right click a blank area on the desktop and click Properties.
  3. Click the Settings tab.

    Cyberblade display properties

  4. Click the Advanced button.
  5. Click the Display Device tab.

    Cyberblade display device

  6. Click the TV button.

    Note: Click the NTSC or PAL tab to adjust the video format required for your TV.

  7. Click the Apply button.
Video Formats

You need to make sure that the video format selected on your computer is the same as the video format required for your TV.

NTSC (National Television System Committee) is a video standard used in the United States and a variety of other countries, such as Japan. NTSC format it can have a maximum resolution up to 525 lines with a vertical frequency of 60hz.

PAL (Phase Alternating Line) is a video standard used in countries such as the United Kingdom, The Netherlands and more use PAL as their video standard. PAL format can have a maximum resolution up to 625 lines with a vertical frequency of 50Hz. There are different types of PAL standards, one of which uses a vertical frequency of 60Hz instead of 50Hz.


  • Alias ID: MIGR-58625
  • Document ID: HT003603
  • Last Updated :17/06/2014
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