I just bought a new television. The problem is it turns out it doesn't have a VGA port. It does have: S-video, component, HDMI and SCART.
My Lenovo T60P only has VGA. I have searched frantically for a solution and even though it seems I have so many options they are all dead ends. Or I keep ending up having to buy a 100 euro box to convert the signal.
However, I found that some video cards support S-video through the VGA port. It says look it up in your video card's documentation. I have a Lenovo T60P laptop with an ATI MOBILITY FireGl v5250, but I can't seem to get my hands on any documentation where this is supposed to be documented.
I found this website:
There this guy says he thinks it is in the t60, but it is dropped in the t61. However, he suggests to the guy with the t60 that it won't work. I can't really conclude anything from that.
Furthermore, I am not looking for the best of the best quality. So then I found this:
I would be quite happy with this except that I don't think I can order it because I don't live in the US.
Can anybody give me a definite answer, as to whether the VGA port of my Lenovo T60P ATI FireGL v5250 supports S-video? I can then just buy a VGA to S-video adapter cable to achieve my goal.
I ended up ordering a VGA to S-video converter box from eBay for about 15 euros (it's from China, so we'll see what I end up getting).
The reason I do not choose to use a VGA-VDI-HDMI solution is that it doesn't work. This thread shows a picture of all the possible connectors:
The basic idea is, VGA = analog, DVI = analog or digital and HDMI = digital. So the DVI plug has some pins for analog and some for digital signals. If using a simple adapter to go from VGA-DVI-HDMI, the analog signal will be lost in the DVI-HDMI adapter. Simply because the HDMI cable doesn't do anything with the analog DVI pins.
At least, that's as far as I understand it.