Originally Posted by peruytu
WOw, thanks for making me feel stupid.
Damn, I would've never thought of looking in the Dell website... dummy me.
Anyways, thanks alot for your help!
like i said before, s-video cable is s-video cable is s-video cable. there isn't an s-video cable that has the pins to fill up all the holes on the port on your 700m. you are confused because the port looks different than the ones on your tv (i.e. the 700m port has more holes). the s-video cable is only going to have 4 pins (two on each side). you do not need to spend $20 from dell to get the cable, unless you really feel like you need to. go to any electronics store like radio shack or something and buy a plain old s-video cable. they are all the same. also, do not buy into the hype of buying some fancy, expensive s-video cable.
there are #-DIN cables that will fit in your s-video port to fill up the holes, but that is not what you want. all S-Video cables will only have 4 pins. just get any s-video cable listed as s-video cable and it will work. If I wasn't clear before or now, you do not need some special cable that has 9 pins on your laptop side and only 4 on your tv side. there isn't one, and if there was, it would be completely unnecessary since s-video signal is only transmitted through 4 pins. yes, the s-video cable is considered a 4-pin mini-DIN @75ohms, but they will all be labeled as s-video whereever you want to go to buy one.
s-video cable signal also degrees beyond 50 feet, so if you are planning on longer lengths, then you will need a signal amplifier.