Here's an article on how to connect your computer to your TV using VGA and audio: http://gainedknowledge.blogspot.com/2008/09/connect-your-computer-to-your-tv-...
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Many people already know that you can connect a computer to a plasma TV, but it is not as well known that you can also hook up a computer to almost any TV. The process may not be as easy and the picture not as sharp as a plasma TV or other newer kind of TV, but you may be surprised at the results that can be achieved with your existing television.
There are numerous benefits and reasons why you would want to connect your computer to your TV. You can check a players' statistics online while watching a sporting event, use your favorite music program to play your favorite tunes, show all of your digital photos or videos to your family, and even show a PowerPoint presentation to coworkers. Combining the computer with your home theater allows possibilities for the easy chair, that were once limited to the office chair.
Making the Connection
Setting up a computer in your home theater is not generally as hard as some think. To get started, you need to be able to make a compatible connection from your computer to your TV. In the simplest case, your connection from the computer should match the connection on your TV. For example, if your TV has a VGA input and your computer has a VGA output, you need just a cable to connect both together. If there isn't a match of video inputs to outputs, it might still be possible to make a connection, but more about that later.
Let's start with the computer connection first. Examine the back of your computer for available monitor connections. Depending on your computer's graphic capabilities, you should be able to identify one or more of the following: a 15-pin VGA output, a DVI connection, or an S-Video output. Your computer could support one, two, or all of the connections listed. If you are unsure, refer to the video section of your computer's user manual.
Next, you will need to identify the type of television you have. It will be either an analog or digital TV. If you own an analog television, look for an S-Video input. If you own a digital television, look for an S-Video, 15-pin VGA, component video, or DVI input. Many of the newer televisions, such as Plasma, DLP, or LCD, should have a PC compatible 15-pin VGA input.
Finally, we need to find a matching connection between the two. If you have a VGA or DVI match, use that for the best image quality and performance. If you have a component connection on your TV and a VGA output on your computer, choose those connections. Use S-Video as a last resort if you have no other choice, or are not as concerned about the video quality of your connection.
Before you begin, download and install the latest drivers for your computers video card. The newest software has options for making this project easier than it used to be. The most common graphics cards are the following:
- Cards based on the nVIDIA platform. Drivers are available at nVIDIA.com
- Cards based on the ATI platform. Drivers available at ATI.com
- Cards based on the Intel Extreme Graphics platform. Drivers available at Intel.com
Always refer to your computer or video card manufacturer's website or before installing any software. Sometimes, drivers are available there. Do not download drivers for a graphics chip different from what your computer uses.
Wow, I just wanted this information badly. In fact, I have a digital TV here at home and was looking for ways to connect the computer to it. So indepth information, thanks Tech lore.
I have a Dell D600 with a 15 pin video out. I have a new Sharp flat screen with a Green,Red and Blue input. I bought a 15pin with the 3, G,R,B, cables. I put the TV's input on the component setting. Nothing but black screen.
Is there a 15pin with the standard yellow video cable?
This should not be this hard.
Matt Whitlock said:some guy said: What if your computer has a vga port and the tv has a dvi port?Most DVI ports on digital TVs are DVI-I ports, meaning it supports both digital and analog connections. In most cases, the DVI port will support computer output signals, but you'll need to refer to your TVs owner's manual to be sure. If it does support PC connections, then you'll need a VGA to DVI adapter, which can be bought online or in some stores. They're not that expensive.
I got my laptop finally working right with my HDTV. I just use a S-video. The key here is to go into properties, setup, click on display which should show your tv. Click High Color
Then make SURE you click on the EXTEND my windows monitor. Click Apply.
All you might get it a view of your desktop. KEY Open what you want to view and Slide it to the right until it appears on your TV. I have audio cable going into my TV with just a single in the laptop and Red and White in the TV.
hello..! i am very much interested
i have a pc with a vga output and a 4 pin s-video output on the gigabite graffix
card. i want to see the picture on my pc monitor and on a old tv monitor with rca input. (no audio needed) i have the next cables
- s-video to 1 rca
- s-video to 2 rca
how do i do it?. and what cable?. (maybe computer settings?)
thanks for reply
i will give it a go
Hi, Thank you so much for your help! I just wanted to clarify one thing with you.
I just bought a new HDTV (LG-26LG30),and want to make sure I don't mess this up.
I'm looking at the specifications for my TV and it lists:
PC Audio Input and
RGP In (D-Sub 15)-PC
My laptop (HP-Pav dv2988 nr) has a VGA port.
If I just get a VGA-VGA cable, will my sound transfer over to my TV? Or do I need to get something else to put in the PC Audio Input port on the TV?
And for the VGA-VGA cable, would this one be ok to use?:
I would appreciate any help you can give me. Thank you!!
I have a laptop with a VGA output and also an S-Video output, but my new TV has only HDMI Inputs and component video inputs. How can I get this to work??
Hello, Trying to hook up Mitsubishi WS-55805 tv to pc with db15 cable male to male (looks like VGA but has 2 rows instead of 3) Not sure what to do. can't get desktop to show on TV. Thanks before hand. I was thinking maybe the drivers are not installed for db15 pci in the computer but just not sure. Please help
Your a "LifeSaver" Matt. Now for a tech-dummy like me can you post a picture directions for timing? As well, I have comcast HD DVR which uses the RGBs. Is there someting else I can do? If you need to see manual you can find it here with free membership
my tv uses this manual. Thanks before hand
Thanks for responding. I have a desktop running Vista-DirectX version 10.0 and a NVidia GeForce 6150 LE
ForceWare version 175.21
Total available graphics memory-319MB
Dedicated video memory-128MB
System video memory-OMB
Shared system memory-191MB
Video BIOS version:188.8.131.52.38
I hope this is what you want.
I have Bose dvd player model#AV3-2-1 ll Media Center, can I hook the pc up to this instead of the tv through the component jacks on the back with the RGB to VGA cable you suggested earlier in the post?
Well I looked and the only inputs are Composite-NTSC of PAL format and s-video. Looks like I'll to get a video card that supports s-video and just plug into one of the inputs on the tv. Now the timing, can you tell me how this is done because I have no idea. I really appreciate your help. Thanks before hand.