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Cable to link laptop to tv

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I have an Acer Aspire laptop and want to know which cable would link it to the tv. I have a tv cable which i got with my nokia with the red, white and yellow connectors and the otherside is a earphone… Read More
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8y, 3w agoPosted 8 years, 3 weeks ago
I have an Acer Aspire laptop and want to know which cable would link it to the tv. I have a tv cable which i got with my nokia with the red, white and yellow connectors and the otherside is a earphone plug thing. Would that work? Or would i need something else.

Thanks :)
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8y, 3w agoPosted 8 years, 3 weeks ago
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#1
You need an S video cable, but the picture wont be much good unless you have a LCD screen.

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#2
Yeahh i have a lcd tv, Are they cheap to buy?
#3
Faiza;4830934
Yeahh i have a lcd tv, Are they cheap to buy?

Should only be a few quid. Try Maplin or PC World (B&Q sell them too) or eBay.
#4
Ive just checked my laptop, theres no connecting bit for that cable.
#5
You might be able to get a monitor cable to connect to the tv if it has a pc input, otherwise you'll have to buy a PCMCIA Card adapter.

I would go to Maplin and tell them what you want to do. They have loads of stuff that connects laptops to TV.
#6
Can you post a picture of the connections of your laptop and tv then somebody will be able to give you a answer
#7
This depends on the connector of your laptop. Many LCD TVs have VGA input so you can use a simple DSub 15 pin VGA cable. Some laptops have DVI or HDMI outputs then this will allow you to connect DVI to DVI or DVI to HDMI or HDMI to HDMI or HDMI to DVI (as long as the TV supports the DVI or HDMI inputs) which gives the best quality but some TVs will overscan the picture (there are reasons for this - please ask if you want an explanation on overscanning). If your TV does not have VGA nor DVI/HDMI inputs then the following options apply:

1. If your laptop has SVideo out composite then you can connect using an Svideo to Svideo composite lead, SVideo to composite phono lead or SVideo to SCART composite lead.
2. If your laptop has SVideo out RGB then you can use SVideo to SVIdeo RGB or SVideo to SCART RGB providing your TV's Svideo or SCART inputs are RGB compatible and not all of them are!
3. If your laptop has composite phono output then use composite phono to composite SVideo or composite phono to composite SCART.

The picture quality will not be good at resolutions over 800x600 if you are not using DSub 15 pin VGA or DVI/HDMI and furthermore, LCD TVs does NOT improve things. Only D Sub 15 pin VGA will or DVI/HDMI will give you an accurate display at resolutions higher than 800x600.

Your Nokia lead will not work as it is a jack that uses 3 signals split into stereo and composite which your laptop will not output through its own jack sockets.
#8
A question further to this - but slightly different.

I also use my laptop connected to another monitor, by a vga monitor cable.
My laptop is a dell inspiron 6400 - it also has the svideo output.

What is the best way for me to connect to either:

- 2 monitors at the same time

or-

- 1 monitor & 1 x portable tv?

The reason I ask is that I often use my laptop for karaoke shows & I want one screen for my singer & another facing the audience.

Hope someone canhelp.

col
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karaokecolin
A question further to this - but slightly different.

I also use my laptop connected to another monitor, by a vga monitor cable.
My laptop is a dell inspiron 6400 - it also has the svideo output.

What is the best way for me to connect to either:

- 2 monitors at the same time

or-

- 1 monitor & 1 x portable tv?

The reason I ask is that I often use my laptop for karaoke shows & I want one screen for my singer & another facing the audience.

Hope someone canhelp.

col


Your Dell computer supports Composite SVideo (not RGB SVideo so you need the correct lead). You can then set it up as cloned so that both displays shows the same information or extended where one display is an extension of another.

If you wish to connect 2 monitors then that will not be easy as you only have a single VGA output. The options for 2 monitor support is to use a Matrox dual head 2 go device which uses EDID settings to confuse the graphics card that it is a display capable of twice the normal resolution, then splitting the double resolution to 2 separate monitors (this device is NOT cheap at around £130) or you can buy a docking station that has an extra VGA or DVI output. The docking station will connect to USB or you can use Cardbus/Expresscard.
#10
Thanks Elliottc.

This is my Easter time-off project to sort out & this gives me a head start.

Maplins here I come me thinks.
#11
karaokecolin
Thanks Elliottc.

This is my Easter time-off project to sort out & this gives me a head start.

Maplins here I come me thinks.


Maplin will sell you a composite Svideo lead but the Matrox Dual Head 2 Go and the docking station with VGA or DVI are very specialised and can be purchased from [url]www.scan.co.uk[/url] or [url]www.dabs.com[/url]. By the way, did you know that the SVideo port on your Dell computer supports output to a 5.1 surround sound receiver too? An adapter can be bought which will allow coaxial connection to the receiver and composite phono for output to a TV. Without the adapter then it's Svideo composite rather than phono composite.

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