Laptop connection to LCD - A Question

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Found 27th Mar 2007
Hi all

CUrrently I have my laptop connected to LCD using S-Video.

I got a recommendation not long ago from helpful HUKDers to connect via VGA to VGA as its clearer quality?

My laptop and LCD have these connections, however I am informed that VGA connection on laptops are input only and would not display a picture on the LCD?

Its used to use as a screen for a console for example I am told.

Can anyone confirm this?

Thanks

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Deal4Me

however I am informed that VGA connection on laptops are input only and … however I am informed that VGA connection on laptops are input only and would not display a picture on the LCD?Its used to use as a screen for a console for example I am told.Can anyone confirm this?


Thats rubbish.

If you get your LCD and a VGA cable (I assume you have one) and hook it up it will work.

You may have to hit the Fn. F* whatever key combination to send an output to it, but if your using S video, you will probably already know that.

Original Poster

Yeah I know about the Fn stuff , I don't have a cable unless theres a VGA to VGA cable connecting a PC to its monitor? May nick it off pc if there is. WIll go check in a sec

But you 100% sure it will work? As the guy was pretty confident it wouldnt work...

Thanks for your advice

Deal4Me

Yeah I know about the Fn stuff , I don't have a cable unless theres a … Yeah I know about the Fn stuff , I don't have a cable unless theres a VGA to VGA cable connecting a PC to its monitor? May nick it off pc if there is. WIll go check in a secBut you 100% sure it will work? As the guy was pretty confident it wouldnt work...Thanks for your advice


It will work. I have used my old CRT monitor once or twice on my laptop.

The VGA port is there for hooking laptops up to projectors and stuff, so god knows why you have been told that.

If you don't have a spare VGA cable, I know Currys/PCW sell them for something ridiculous like £15, you would probably be able to get one off eBay for a couple quid -- if you can't nick one from somewhere.

Original Poster

Thank you!

Another Q, in my experience, the cheaper S-Video cables display a very noticeable lower picture quality than the more expensive ones. I bought one for a couple a quid, then bought the most expensive at £20 and it made a massive worthwhile difference.

Would that be the same as VGA to VGA cables?

Thanks

Deal4Me

Thank you!Another Q, in my experience, the cheaper S-Video cables display … Thank you!Another Q, in my experience, the cheaper S-Video cables display a very noticeable lower picture quality than the more expensive ones. I bought one for a couple a quid, then bought the most expensive at £20 and it made a massive worthwhile difference.Would that be the same as VGA to VGA cables?Thanks


Possibly, but the difference would more than likely be negligible.

S-Video and VGA are in different leagues, I wouldn't shell out too much on a cable, as VGA is pretty okay on a cheap cable.

I sometimes connect my laptop to my TV via S-Video and the picture is horrendous - time I got myself a nice LCD TV with DVI or VGA connections!

Original Poster

Thanks, you've been a big help! OOOOOO my LCD has DVI, DVI is better than VGA?

Is there such thing as VGA to DVI?

Deal4Me

Thanks, you've been a big help! OOOOOO my LCD has DVI, DVI is better than … Thanks, you've been a big help! OOOOOO my LCD has DVI, DVI is better than VGA?Is there such thing as VGA to DVI?


Your welcome.

Yes DVI is better quality than VGA.

You can get a DVI to VGA adapter, so I am sure you can get a VGA to DVI one, though I am not sure if there would be any quality gains to be had from doing so.

Original Poster

Oky doke, will be hunting for VGA to VGA.

Thanks for your help, you now have 2 green blocks

Deal4Me

Oky doke, will be hunting for VGA to VGA.Thanks for your help, you now … Oky doke, will be hunting for VGA to VGA.Thanks for your help, you now have 2 green blocks


Thanks - I have been waiting for that to increase.

How on earth did you manage to get all those green blocks since Jan this year!? :w00t:

Original Poster

I have no idea? I havn't been here long lol

Just been doing what you've done for me

I'm not sure where you got your information - in the previous thread you had open on this I recommended you get a VGA lead. The VGA/DVI ports on laptops are always output, anyone who claims these are inputs clearly doesn't know what they're talking about.

DVI and VGA is slightly more tricky - to keep it simple, there's no point using a DVI to VGA lead to connect your laptop to your TV as it's exactly the same quality as vga to vga, you're simply getting the analogue component. The main reason to do this is if you don't have a VGA port available for use, to get the digital part of a DVI connection you would you need to connect it to either a DVI or HDMI port on your television.

You will be fine with a vga to vga lead (as long as you have both ports on each side) and the quality will be miles better - this is how I have my computers connected to LCD TVs.

John

Original Poster

John thanks again, very helpful as always! WIll be looking for VGA to VGAs!

Deal4Me

Just been doing what you've done for me


Thats the way it should be! :):thumbsup:

Original Poster

Agreed! Im afraid I have to go the Ebay route to get one though!

Watched a few and about to select one
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