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springa886
31-03-2007, 01:56 PM
Hey does anyone know a good cheap card with TV-Out? Im a noob and ive been reading about PCI and AGP, flippin LMNOP to me man!!! If I can, I will post a pic of my motherboard so could someone please tell me if i need to get a PCI or AGP card PLEASE! Sorry about my tech dumbness, its the drugs i tells ya!!!

http://img299.imageshack.us/img299/1433/0001134tk6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

PedalSlammer
31-03-2007, 02:12 PM
It looks like an AGP to me. TV-out depends on the graphics cards, there're plenty of series from low-end to high-end. But first you need to choose a series, or the price range, then look at which manufacturers provide TV-out.

springa886
31-03-2007, 02:21 PM
So is that a deffinite AGP? I'm not too worried about the brand or series or whatever, lol, i just want a cheap and nasty card so i can watch my movies on the tele!!! :)

springa886
31-03-2007, 02:28 PM
I dont really understand all of this, but would it do what I want it to do???

* Product Description: Matrox Marvel G450 eTV - graphics adapter - MGA G450 - 32 MB
* Device Type: Graphics adapter
* Enclosure Type: Plug-in card
* Interface Type: AGP 4x
* Graphics Processor / Vendor: Matrox MGA G450
* 2D/3D Graphics Support: Matrox MGA G450
* RAMDAC Clock Speed: 360 MHz
* API Supported: OpenGL, DirectX, Direct3D
* Video Memory Installed ( Max ): 32 MB / 32 MB (max) - DDR SGRAM
* Video Input: Video capture adapter / 30 frames per second / 1280 x 720, 1024 x 768
* Video Output: 2048 x 1536 / 85 Hz - 32-bit colour
* Max Monitors Supported: 2
* TV Interface: TV tuner / video in / video out
* Package Type: Retail
* System Requirements: Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows 98/ME

Looks like it would to me but as I said, I dont understand all of that stuff. Also, I have Windows XP Home Edition, would it work with this?

Morgenmuffel
31-03-2007, 02:30 PM
see here (http://www.msicomputer.com/product/p_spec.asp?model=K8MM-V&class=mb), look familiar, AGP definitely

PedalSlammer
31-03-2007, 02:34 PM
I dont really understand all of this, but would it do what I want it to do???

* Product Description: Matrox Marvel G450 eTV - graphics adapter - MGA G450 - 32 MB
* Device Type: Graphics adapter
* Enclosure Type: Plug-in card
* Interface Type: AGP 4x
* Graphics Processor / Vendor: Matrox MGA G450
* 2D/3D Graphics Support: Matrox MGA G450
* RAMDAC Clock Speed: 360 MHz
* API Supported: OpenGL, DirectX, Direct3D
* Video Memory Installed ( Max ): 32 MB / 32 MB (max) - DDR SGRAM
* Video Input: Video capture adapter / 30 frames per second / 1280 x 720, 1024 x 768
* Video Output: 2048 x 1536 / 85 Hz - 32-bit colour
* Max Monitors Supported: 2
* TV Interface: TV tuner / video in / video out
* Package Type: Retail
* System Requirements: Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows 98/ME

Looks like it would to me but as I said, I dont understand all of that stuff. Also, I have Windows XP Home Edition, would it work with this?Matrox? Matrox is not a good brand to go into. I would rather go to the two Giant which is ATi and Nvidia. Please choose a series from them and read the specs. You'll notice the GPU, Memory Size, and Memory speed are very different. If those encountered don't look for high GPU, Memory size etc.
Can you please give me your price range? So that I'll see which graphics card suits you or go to pricespy.co.nz then graphics. The 8800 series are currenty for games, performance users, so there's no point looking in them.

springa886
31-03-2007, 02:49 PM
Hey I checked out your link Nigel and it says one AGP and 3 PCI slots. So can i get either one? Is AGP better.

PedalSlammer, I dont really have a price range, just gonna see if i can get a cheap one on trademe or something. My mate got me one for my old PC a few years ago for 160 i think. It was a GeForce MX440 or something like that, and it did what I needed. Im guessing the price for those would have dropped a bit in the years that passed? Hopefully!! lol

PedalSlammer
31-03-2007, 03:07 PM
Yes, AGP is definetly better because it was built was video purpose.
Geforce MX440? Hmm, I can't that on pricespy either maybe they took that out a long time ago, and no one really notice because it is such a low end card.
What is your intension?
Here's a bargain card if you might wanted
http://www.c1com.co.nz/shop/step1.php?number=9044
OR check out trade me for a bargain cards and make sure they're not over the pricespy price range.
In the link I've provided, it comes with TV-Output. Make sure you check the trademe's graphics card porperly and I suggest you should get the ones that you can pick up in case of cruel trader on trademe.

pctek
31-03-2007, 03:09 PM
Matrox? Matrox is not a good brand to go into. I would rather go to the two Giant which is ATi and Nvidia.

ATI and Nvidia both make chipsets for gaming graphics cards.
He doesn't want to play games with it, he wants to watch stuff instead.
Therefore the Matrox is fine.

Perhpas you should do a bit more research before advising on things.

springa886
31-03-2007, 03:15 PM
Hey Cheers PCTek dude, That Matrox one is on trademe for 23 bucks man!! lol, if thatll do then thats me!!! Cheers guys!!

PedalSlammer
31-03-2007, 03:19 PM
ATI and Nvidia both make chipsets for gaming graphics cards.
He doesn't want to play games with it, he wants to watch stuff instead.
Therefore the Matrox is fine.

Perhpas you should do a bit more research before advising on things.Great, yet gained another experience from the pro.
:illogical But I'm not good in Matrox cards anyway. ATi or Nvidia cards are easier for me. And some people even said don't even think about Matrox at all, that's what they told me.

pctek
31-03-2007, 07:09 PM
I'm not good in Matrox cards anyway.

You want to be an IT pro, go Google before you write something off.

ATI and Nvidia tend to be the home user cards.
Matrox mainly for pros doing work with graphics as opposed to playing games.
For instance:

Montreal, Canada, March 7th, 2007 – Matrox Graphics Inc., the leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professionals, unveils the TripleHead2Go Digital Edition, the latest addition to the Graphics eXpansion Module (GXM) line. This new external graphics upgrade device allows users to convert a dual-link DVI output into three standard DVI outputs. TripleHead2Go Digital Edition supports a stretched desktop of up to 3840x1024 (triple 1280x1024)1 across three monitors, allowing an easy multi-display upgrade path for compatible notebook, desktop or workstation systems. Users of the TripleHead2Go Digital Edition can also choose to operate in DualHead® mode with a combined resolution of up to 3840x1200 (dual 1920x1200)1.

"TripleHead2Go Digital Edition is a highly flexible tool for IT managers responsible for CAD, GIS, dispatch, security, and process control systems," says Samuel Recine, Business Development Manager, Matrox Graphics Inc. "With this external upgrade, it is now possible to add extra displays to closed, already validated, mission-critical systems without compromising system manufacturers' warranties by changing the originally supplied graphics processing unit. It also allows IT managers to upgrade laptop computers, computers with no available expansion slots, or desktops with integrated graphics that are limited to one display output."

The ability to work with three screens, delivered by TripleHead2Go Digital Edition, enables users to work with multiple full-screen documents or applications simultaneously-eliminating the need to constantly open, close, or minimize applications. In addition, the Matrox PowerDesk SE2 interface allows users to benefit from image quality adjustment and window management features. TripleHead2Go Digital Edition is a versatile, cost-effective, and easy-to-use solution, which increases productivity.

Matrox Graphics eXpansion Modules are small external boxes that are simple to setup—there is no need to open the computer to insert additional parts. The operating system detects the GXM as an ultra-widescreen monitor, which is then split into two or more standard resolutions compatible with the attached displays while harnessing the graphics hardware already present in the system for all 2D, 3D, and video acceleration.


About Matrox Graphics Inc.

Matrox Graphics Inc. is the leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professionals and has been delivering high-quality, innovative 2D/3D, and video graphics accelerators for more than 30 years. Creator of the multi-display phenomenon, Matrox combines its proven graphics chip designs, reliable software, and dependable card manufacturing expertise to produce products that are reputed worldwide for their superior image quality, practical ingenuity, and unwavering stability. Matrox Graphics designs and supports graphics solutions optimized for utility, empowering professionals to see more and do more. A privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Matrox has international offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Italy, and Hong Kong. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

springa886
01-04-2007, 09:52 PM
Hey guys, if anyone sees this, I ended up getting one of these:

Gigabyte GV-R925128VH Radeon 9250 AGP for 50 bucks!!!

I dont know if its any good but it looked like a bargain!! Guess ill find out soon enough. Also, it doesnt come with any cd or cords so i ordered a S-Video/S-Video cable, im pretty sure thats the one i need.
Will it be too hard to find drivers for this card on the net? Ive checked out a few sites but im not sure what drivers i need till the damn thing comes!!

Anyway, cheers again for your help