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How To Connect a Computer To Your TV (Page 2 of 4)

Connecting With S-Video

To make this connection, you will need the following:

  • A computer with a S-Video output, or a VGA to S-Video adaptor
  • A TV with a S-Video input
  • A S-video cable
  • A 1/8" to Left/Right RCA cable (for sound)
  • A computer monitor (for setup purposes if needed)

If you do not have what's listed above, this kind of connection will not work. Some computers require a separate adapter to use the S-Video capability of your graphics card. In many cases, the adapter will need to be plugged in prior to making adjustments to the output settings of your graphics card.

If your computer only has a VGA output, you can still connect with S-video by purchasing a VGA to S-video adaptor, like the Kworld PC to TV signal converter. Using one of these greatly simplifies the setup process, and is virtually plug and play.



Kworld PC to TV adaptor

Connecting with S-Video is the easiest connection to make from your computer. Though it is the only, and best, choice for analog TVs, S-video will yield the least desirable image quality on digital or high definition capable displays. The S-video connection will not yield computer quality image results.

If you cannot bring a computer monitor near your TV, and are not using a VGA to S-Video adaptor, you will need to perform step 4 & 5 from a remote location before you attempt to hook up the computer to your TV.

Connecting With Your Computer's S-Video Jack:

  1. Connect the S-Video cable from the back of the computer to an S-Video input on the back of your television. Hookup the computer to the computer monitor at the same time. Connect the 1/8" to L/R RCA cable from the audio output on your computer to the corresponding audio jacks on your TV.

  2. Change the input on your television to the S-Video input you plugged the computer in to.

  3. Using your computer monitor. Access the graphics card setup menu. You can usually access these menus by right clicking on the desktop, click on properties, select the settings tab, and then click on advanced. The software for every graphics card will be different.

  4. Locate the menu tab for engaging or disengaging the S-Video output, or a wizard for setting up your graphics adapter with a television. Once you turn it on, an image will appear on the TV screen. If there is a selection to make it your primary monitor, do so. On many notebook computers, there is often a keyboard shortcut to do this, such as Fn+F8.

  5. The image on the screen has a relationship with your resolution settings. Although all S-Video outputs use a fixed low resolution to maintain compatibility with your TV, it scales according to what the resolution of your computer is set to. Adjust your resolution in the settings tab of your display properties. Use a selection no higher than 800 x 600 with 16-bit color. A setting of 640 x 480 will be much clearer, but icons and windows will appear very large.

Once complete, you can disconnect your computer monitor. When you boot-up your computer, the S-video connection should be enabled. In some cases, the S-video output needs to be enabled on a per session basis. If your software reflects this, leave the computer in a stand-by or hibernation mode when not in use. Your current settings will remain intact until the next time your computer is shut down.

Connecting With a VGA to S-Video Adaptor:

  1. Before connecting your PC to the VGA adaptor, check to make sure that your display resolution output settings are within the capable range of the adaptor. Most VGA to S-Video adaptors are not capable of scaling resolutions beyond 1280 X 1024. Connect the 1/8" to L/R RCA cable from the audio output on your computer to the corresponding audio jacks on your TV.

  2. Connect the VGA cable to the back of the PC, and the other end to the VGA input on the adaptor.

  3. Connect the S-Video Cable to the S-Video jack on the adaptor, and the other end to the television's S-Video input.

  4. Change the input on your television to the S-Video input you plugged the S-Video cable in to.

  5. Turn on the computer. You should get an image on your TV. If you do not get an image on your TV, double check your wiring, input selection, and resolution settings using a PC monitor. Also, double check to make sure your adaptor is plugged in, and receiving power.


  6. The image on the screen has a relationship with your resolution settings. Although all S-Video outputs use a fixed low resolution to maintain compatibility with your TV, it scales according to whatever the resolution of your computer is set at. Adjust your resolution in the settings tab of your display properties. Use a selection no higher than 800 x 600 with 16-bit color. A setting of 640 x 480 will be much clearer, but icons and windows will appear very large. Your adaptor may also offer additional adjustments and features. Refer to your adaptor's user manual.


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