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Video killed the Saturday night
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juggzy From: juggzy Date: June 20th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm probably a bit of a div, here, but it seems to me that the TV box is designed to take an analogue TV signal (you probably need to check that) and turn it into a signal suitable for an LCD monitor.

This is essentially the job that you want to do, so cable endings are a problem to be solved by finding adapters, rather than resigning yourself to be limited to the input/output styles that they have predefined.

I would take pictures of the the TV box video/TV signal inputs (look for audio and video inputs to see if they are separate) and pictures of the possible video outputs, similarly for TV outputs and LCD monitor inputs and take them to Maplins and try to find someone who can talk to you intelligently about input/output converters for the various bits of black box hardware.

They may well say that you may not be able to do it without looking at the functions of the individual pins in which case you can start chasing down instructions as to which pin/connection on which type of cable does what, or bin the lot. Theoretically, though, it should all be possible. This kind of cable chaos makes me cross because it is unecessary. Cables do not involve amplitudes that may damage signals - they're just a case of taking the right bit of information to the right place. The bits of hardware you have are clearly able to accept the signals and do conversions, so the cable confusion is just proprietry nonsense - and not your ignorance, just techy arrogance.

Having said that, you may need another black box between the video output and the TV box input; the video signal may have to be converted into something that a TV understands. So far as I can see, the TV box takes a signal that the TV understands and converts it into a signal that the LCD monitor understands. Most video players, however, output a signal directly into the TV - I don't know if TVs generally contain another set of blackboxes that convert the video signal into a TV signal or if the video output is already TV understandable.

Edited at 2009-06-20 10:03 pm (UTC)
j4 From: j4 Date: June 21st, 2009 11:16 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm going to take pictures of everything today if I can. It could be a fun LJ quiz. :) If imc and truecatachresis's thing below doesn't work, then maybe Mr Maplin will be able to help, but to be honest he wasn't that helpful when I bought the TVBox from him. :-/

If it gets to tracking down functions of individual pins then, to be honest, I think I'm going to admit defeat and just, y'know, replace the videos on DVD or something sensible like that. :-}
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