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What cable to connect laptop to TV?

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by joycecylam, Feb 9, 2008.

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  1. joycecylam

    joycecylam Notebook Consultant

    Oct 10, 2005
    I want to connect my laptop to the TV to watch youtube videos. My laptop has VGA output but no S-video. The TV has the yellow-red-white inputs (not sure how you call them ... RCA maybe?)

    What cable do I need for the connection?

    Any suggestion on where to buy?

  2. karimnacer

    karimnacer Notebook Consultant

    Oct 9, 2007
    Buy a VGA to S-Video adapter then just use a standard S-Video cable to connect your laptop to TV.
    You can find one of these on ebay for something like 0.99$, add to it 2.5$ for shipping and here you go :)
  3. gary_hendricks

    gary_hendricks Notebook Evangelist

    Jan 6, 2008
    Hi there,

    Here's what you do:
    1) You should use a S Video cable. You need to have an S Video socket on your TV and Laptop.
    2) Connect all three (the laptop, cable and TV) together.
    3) Sometimes on a laptop you have to press a function key and another key that switches between your laptop screen and the TV.
    4) Also, some TVs require you to switch to a laptop / computer mode as well.

    Also, if you do not have a S-Video connector on your laptop or TV, but have a Composite (usually this is a yellow, red and white connector), you can get a S-Video to composite Video converter cable.

    Hope this helps!
  4. someone777

    someone777 Notebook Evangelist

    Dec 28, 2006
    you can buy an adapter for VGA to s video from online. If your tv is like plasma or LCD. It should have the VGA port on the tv. If your tv is the older ones then you wouldve better be off with composite or s video converter.
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