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    la vache fantôme phantomcow2's Avatar
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    Movies not displaying, but everything else is?

    So I am trying to project a video from a laptop to my television. I got an S video cable that goes from laptop to TV, all seemed to be okay. Everything I do on the laptop is being displayed on the television until...
    I try to use windows media to play a movie. THe movie is playing and being displayed on the laptop. However on TV, the onlu thing I see is the normal windows media interface. Where a movie would typically be displayed, it is simply black.
    I tried it with another movie playing application besides windows media, same thing. Just black screen where movie would be. But I can go online, click the start menu, do whatever, and it displays right on the TV okay.

    Can anybody tell me why this is?
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    Try going to your control panel, double click on display, then
    open the settings tab.
    You should see a listing of monitors hooked to your laptop. See if you
    can make your external monitor your main or equal display for the laptop.
    good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by phantomcow2
    So I am trying to project a video from a laptop to my television. I got an S video cable that goes from laptop to TV, all seemed to be okay. Everything I do on the laptop is being displayed on the television until...
    I try to use windows media to play a movie. THe movie is playing and being displayed on the laptop. However on TV, the onlu thing I see is the normal windows media interface. Where a movie would typically be displayed, it is simply black....

    Can anybody tell me why this is?
    So you're saying that EVERYTHING UP TO the movie-players work OK? Like you can see the desktop & icons and windows and stuff just fine? Most likely your movie-players are using DirectX overlays that bypasses the frame-buffer used for the S-video outputs. To disable the overlays, go to ControlPanels -> Displays -> Settings -> Advanced -> Troubleshooting.

    In the HardwareAcceleration, turn it down one click at a time towards the NONE end. Hit Apply, and start up the movie-player. If no display still, turn down it another click. Depending upon the video hardware, sometimes you need to turn it all the way down to NONE for the S-video outputs to work.

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    Hmmm...I've seen this before, but I can't think what the problem actually was. I think when I switched from using the S-video input to using a regular RGB monitor cable the problem went away, but that wasn't the root cause of it.
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