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-...
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:
- 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.
- Change the input on your television to the S-Video input you plugged the computer in to.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- Connect the VGA cable to the back of the PC, and the other end to the VGA input on the adaptor.
- Connect the S-Video Cable to the S-Video jack on the adaptor, and the other end to the television's S-Video input.
- Change the input on your television to the S-Video input you plugged the S-Video cable in to.
- 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.
- 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.
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:184.108.40.206.38
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.