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    Any chance of a quick bit of techy advice?

    Right here goes -

    What is the easiest &/or cheapest way - if any - of extending my laptop display so it also shows up on a normal portable TV? i.e.- so I get 2 of the same display - one on lappy, other on TV.

    My laptop (Dell Inspiron 6400)has all the usual usb ports, a vga thing, another output thing which I believe is an shvc or summink.

    The tv is a portable jobby - it has a scart input & also a yellow rca input as well.
    As some of you know, i'm not too techy minded so simple english please, if poss.

    Cheers in advance guys.

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    svhs to composite cable

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    something like this will help.. but you can get cables too... check ebay

    http://www.cable-trader.co.uk/images/SVHS%20plug%20to%20composite%20RCA%20socket%20adapter.jpg

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    Cheers Imranmaz.

    I actually have a cable with the shvc on one end & then a yellow rca on the other but i can't get the picture to appear on the portable tv. Will one of those adapters work instead?

    I have also attempted to connect it to a CRT computer monitor using the vga cable. This works but the appearance/resolution looks very different & all the images are 'bigger' & fuzzy if you know what I mean.:thumbsup:

    You can get a SCART connector that has a SVHS input, should give a bit better picture

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    Robotochan;2499562

    You can get a SCART connector that has a SVHS input, should give a bit … You can get a SCART connector that has a SVHS input, should give a bit better picture




    nice one - i'll have a look - thanks.

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    karaokecolin;2499553

    Cheers Imranmaz.I actually have a cable with the shvc on one end & then a … Cheers Imranmaz.I actually have a cable with the shvc on one end & then a yellow rca on the other but i can't get the picture to appear on the portable tv. Will one of those adapters work instead?I have also attempted to connect it to a CRT computer monitor using the vga cable. This works but the appearance/resolution looks very different & all the images are 'bigger' & fuzzy if you know what I mean.:thumbsup:



    right click the desktop and select properties then click settings, click on the CRT display (most prob display 2 and increase the screen resolution (sliding bar bottom left)

    also you need to go into your graphics card settings and enable TV out. to allow the svhs output to work. good luck!

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    ""also you need to go into your graphics card settings and enable TV out. to allow the svhs output to work.""

    How do I do this bit? - sorry I'm a tad simple when it comes to this you see.

    Well done on your result today btw. And what a result it was! Very pleased for youon what is an outstanding acheivement:-D!

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    this should help a bit: answers.yahoo.com/que…5su

    basically does your laptop have software installed specific to your graphics card? ie.. ATI or NVIDIA or INTEL

    if it does you should find it in start>all programs or in the display settings somewhere (right click desktop and pick properties)

    you may have an option to enable "TV out" this will allow you to use the thing in the pic I added above to get your screen to show on the portable TV.

    to use the VGA port (for that old CRT or if your little portable screen has it too) you dont need to enable anything. just go into display settings and increase the screen resolution to get a clearer pic..

    Thanks, I was well pleased with my results! came just in time as I am having a family get together on saturday! WAS going to have a BBQ but its raining.... turning that good old cooker on... dont fancy raw meat much ;-)

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    You need to listen to him Colin. He just got a first in computer science!

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    Thanks imranmaz - you've been a great help- explained well to a simpleton like me!

    I will follow it step - by step - so should be ok. - repped.

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    guv;2500824

    You need to listen to him Colin. He just got a first in computer science!



    Iknow - the guy's done well!

    Just waiting for my bill in the post now!!:-D

    Before you get started, you're missing a piece of the puzzle as I believe the above advice may be incorrect - the connector on the back of the laptop probably has too many pins for s-video as it has 9 instead of five, this is because Dell use it for composite and spdif out as well as s-video. You should have a little adapter which came with your Dell which has s-video (black round plug), composite (yellow phono plug) and spdif (black phono port). Once you have found this you can use either s-video or composite to connect to your TV, if you don't use this you'll probably find yourself stuck with black and white or simply not working at all. Here is a picture of the adapteR:

    pcplan-it.com/del…jpg

    You need to be careful of s-video to composite adapters such as mentioned above with Dells especially in this case as again, you may have problems with colour. I haven't used the 6400 but this is how the Dells I own from the same generation work so I'm assuming it's the same. Additionally you need to ensure the laptop is set to PAL on the s-video/composite out, quite often the default is NTSC which again means no colour on a PAL TV.

    John

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    Johnmcl7;2500851

    Before you get started, you're missing a piece of the puzzle as I believe … Before you get started, you're missing a piece of the puzzle as I believe the above advice may be incorrect - the connector on the back of the laptop probably has too many pins for s-video as it has 9 instead of five, this is because Dell use it for composite and spdif out as well as s-video. You should have a little adapter which came with your Dell which has s-video (black round plug), composite (yellow phono plug) and spdif (black phono port). Once you have found this you can use either s-video or composite to connect to your TV, if you don't use this you'll probably find yourself stuck with black and white or simply not working at all. Here is a picture of the adapteR:http://www.pcplan-it.com/dell_video2.jpgYou need to be careful of s-video to composite adapters such as mentioned above with Dells especially in this case as again, you may have problems with colour. I haven't used the 6400 but this is how the Dells I own from the same generation work so I'm assuming it's the same. Additionally you need to ensure the laptop is set to PAL on the s-video/composite out, quite often the default is NTSC which again means no colour on a PAL TV.John




    thanks John -

    Sounds good - I didnt get one of those adapters with the laptop but it looks right from the pic of the connections. I'll get one in straight away-

    The picture on the crt computer screen was b&w.

    I had a check of the rear port on the 6400 and it does seem to match, a normal s-video port is noticeably different. The reason I'm slightly hesitant is that I can't remember if they ever changed to anything else in between, on my current Dells I don't think there is any s-video/composite out although I don't have them to hand to check.

    John

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    they were 7 pins, dell and a few other companies pass sound thru the same port (sorry I forgot.. I had an inspiron 8100) try this in ebay:

    "s video cable dell"

    they have the dell splitter for 12.50 inc delivery from LONDON
    or they have a generic 7pin svideo thingy to RCA for £4 inc delivery from HONG KONG

    i'd go with the original dell part from london if it was me. but I looked at compatability and your model is not listed.... a bit more digging is required...

    If it is a newish T.V then it should have a computer input (RGB) wire which will connect from your computer to the T.V then on most p.c's press the shift key and f5, this will allow you to see what is on your computer screen on your t.v and still be able to view on your laptop screen
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