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Hi, my situation is pretty much, I have a HD 3850 card I'm going to be using in a PC im going to put together with spare parts.

I need to know if this HD 3850 made by powercolor can support 1080i from the s-video to ypbr adapter. Also, will the quality of the image be good for videos/games (I know text will look like trash).

I would just put it together and try it, but I need to buy a CPU first... and if this setup doesnt work it might just kill the whole thing for me.

Thanks in advance for the information.
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For 1080i I think you need component, DVI, or HDMI. S-video is limited to 480i.
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For 1080i I think you need component, DVI, or HDMI. S-video is limited to 480i.
pretty much, S-Video can't do 1080 AFAIK
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Thanks guys.

Just to clarify the video card did come with a dongle that's ypbr. Is that thing just useless :
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no because powercolor like most uses a 7pin not a 5pin din, so its not a real s-video connector in the first place
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Originally Posted by FamousAmerican;13249177 
no because powercolor like most uses a 7pin not a 5pin din, so its not a real s-video connector in the first place

Can you please explain?
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yes its not a true S-Video output, S-Video is 5pin Din while Powercoler uses 7pin Din, this would mean then, that its component is likly higher quality than S-Video.
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I'm thinking the ops HDTV probably does not have an HDMI or DVI input and thats why there is a problem here. I was in this situation a while back with a Sony HDTV that I bought in 2001. Ended up with a $2,000, 32", 180lb useless HDTV because it had no digital inputs. Thank heavens it finally died and I just bought a new LCD TV instead.

Anyways, a quick search for the Powercolor HD3850 revealed that it should have DVI output. I'm guessing the ops TV at least has component inputs. In this case, all they need is an adapter. Here is an ATI specific model, but there are many other DVI to Component adapters.

Just keep in mind, this wont work with HDCP protected stuff, Blu-Ray for example.
    
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I'm thinking the ops HDTV probably does not have an HDMI or DVI input and thats why there is a problem here. I was in this situation a while back with a Sony HDTV that I bought in 2001. Ended up with a $2,000, 32", 180lb useless HDTV because it had no digital inputs. Thank heavens it finally died and I just bought a new LCD TV instead.

Anyways, a quick search for the Powercolor HD3850 revealed that it should have DVI output. I'm guessing the ops TV at least has component inputs. In this case, all they need is an adapter. Here is an ATI specific model, but there are many other DVI to Component adapters.

Just keep in mind, this wont work with HDCP protected stuff, Blu-Ray for example.

Thanks for understanding, you hit the nail on the head. I have a similar HDTV as the one you described, 40" 300lb monster that just wont die(I cant get it out of the house by myself anyway lol)

Funny, cause, I already have that adapter (I was using it with a 9800 Pro) But when I bought that adapter DVI-I to YPBYR it said it only worked with older ATI cards 9000-9800 + AIW.

So,where i'm at now is pretty much I have two options that MIGHT work and no for sure solutions. =/ I think I'll just buy the CPU for the system and try them both out, and cross my fingers and try not to rage when it doesnt work. Unless someone magically has all the answers, in the mean time ive emailed PowerColor, but who knows it might be months before I get an answer if at all -.-
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It should work with the HD3850 as well. DVI is much more flexible than HDMI. It is possible that you may have to use a different adapter but I think there is hope for your setup.

Also, if you can manage to get this working, I think you would have much better results at 1280 x 720 (720p). I'm assuming your HDTV will accept that res based on what you've told me so far and my experience. What TV specifically? I had a Sony Wega 32" CRT and its max res was 1080i but it would also do 720p.

Even on my 32" LCD, 720p works out way better than 1080p. 1080 is too small for text on a 32" and I end up straining my eyes.
    
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