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Registered: ‎12-17-2008
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Connecting Laptop to TV

 

Hi all;

 

I'm looking at options for connecting my laptop to televisions - mainly so that I can

play DVD's on my laptop and watch them on a TV - among other things. So far, the

only thing I've seen is a module that costs $50

 

Are there any cheaper options?

 

Thanks!

 

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Registered: ‎12-17-2008

Re: Connecting Laptop to TV

This will depend on your laptop as some have s-video and other outputs, others have just VGA, and the newest have HDMI right on them.

 

Then, it will depend on the TV you are connecting to, the easiest are HD TVs, as they normally have a VGA in or HDMI and then you are good to go!  Analog is hardest, and do not forget you also have to connect the audio to the TV for audio.

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Re: Connecting Laptop to TV

 

Hi Razer;

 

> This will depend on your laptop as some have s-video and other outputs, others

> have just VGA, and the newest have HDMI right on them.

 

Mine is a Compaq C700. I see that it has what appears to be a VGA output,

and another one that is circular with 7 holes (3 above 4) - I presume it to be

s-video(?).

 

 

> Then, it will depend on the TV you are connecting to, the easiest are HD TVs,

> as they normally have a VGA in or HDMI and then you are good to go!  Analog

> is hardest, and do not forget you also have to connect the audio to the TV

> for audio.

 

That is a very good point. I suppose what I need is something that is multi-functional

in terms of the output connection.

 

Any suggestions on that?

 

THANKS for the rsponse!!!

 

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Re: Connecting Laptop to TV

Sounds like S-video to me wylbur, that would be a better quality than VGA.  If you have S-video on your TV, I would connect it that way.   But don't forget the audio. The easiest solution is to buy a cable that has a headphone jack on one end, then splits to the red and white jacks on the other end.  You can buy that cable at BB or most other retailers.  The official name for that cable I believe is called a "mini jack to RCA" cable.  Hope this helps!
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Re: Connecting Laptop to TV

actually VGA quality will be better than svideo.

 

if u connect vga to ur tv, u can get the same quality as ur regualar monitor.

 

svideo's quality's pretty crappy when it comes to connect comp to tv

 

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Re: Connecting Laptop to TV

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Hi RLjr.;

 

> Sounds like S-video to me wylbur, that would be a better quality than VGA.

 

It seems u_hsn disagrees, but no matter. I'll take one of each cable, then use whichever one

gives me the best picture.   :-)

 

 

> If you have S-video on your TV, I would connect it that way.   But don't forget the audio.

> The easiest solution is to buy a cable that has a headphone jack on one end, then splits

> to the red and white jacks on the other end.  You can buy that cable at BB or most other

> retailers.  The official name for that cable I believe is called a "mini jack to RCA" cable.

 

Got it - or I now know what to get (I should say).

 

 

> Hope this helps!

 

It certainly does - thanks!!!

 

Message Edited by wylbur on 12-18-2008 12:59 PM
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Re: Connecting Laptop to TV


@u_hsen wrote:

 

 

svideo's quality's pretty crappy when it comes to connect comp to tv

 


so true!

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Re: Connecting Laptop to TV

I guess my experience is just different I think my picture is way better then VGA but to each his own!
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