Hope someone can spare the time to advise me on a possible course of action.
I've regularly run a lead from the s-vhs output on my NVidia graphics card to the AV-4 input on my TV, and up until recently, the tv has been showing exactly the same thing as my monitor.
Then, any video that was playing in, for example, Media Player wouldn't be visible on the TV - and yet the media player frame and all the usual Windows stuff was still visible. Just no the video.
Then it got even worse - no Windows frames, desktop or anything - just the boot up stuff was being displayed - up until the point where Windows loaded, then nothing.
Now, I don't get anything at all, either during bootup or afterwards.
To my mind, it can only be one of the following:
1 - damaged cable. The cable is run round the back of the tv with cable clips, through a hole in the wall into the next room. It's under little or no stress so I can't see why it should fail in such a progressive way. But it's probably the cheapest thing to replace.
2 - the S-VHS port on the graphics card. The normal port to the pc monitor works ok - but no doubt there's different circuitry involved on the S-Vhs side. The pc has been switched on when the cable has been removed from the tv end - could this have damaged the port?
3 - the port into the tv could be damaged. Don't know anything about tv ports. The Tv is a 32" widescreen Sony but this port does work with myson's PS2.
If anyone's got any idea what I can do to get this back again I'd be really grateful.
Oh - I also run a little utility called TV tool - this gives you the ability to set different operating modes but it's currently set to "TV & monitor display the same output simultaneously" or something like that!