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How do I hook my laptop up to my flat screen?

Asked by BoyWonder (806 points ) January 27th, 2009

I just need to know which cords to use to hook my laptop up to my flat screen to watch movies saved on my laptop. My laptop has a female VGA outlet.

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joeysefika's avatar

Just a Male – Male VGA cord, as you would hook up a LCD to a Tower PC, assuming your TV has a VGA port. If not does your laptop have RGB/ DVI/ HDMI ports? if it does then you can connect it to your TV through that.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

If your computer lacks an HDMI output, it probably has an S-Video output. Most flat screen TVs have composite and S-Video inputs. However, if you want to go from your VGA output, you might try one of these:

http://www.provantage.com/cables-go-40381~7CTBP086.htm

It can convert VGA to component video, and it will probably give you a better picture.

kullervo's avatar

If your laptop has a HDMI or DVI out those are your best options as they are digital. If not VGA/S-video will have to do with VGA being the better of the two. You can use various cables/adapters depending on the inputs of your TV.

DIGITAL:
HDMI
DVI

Analogue
S-video
Scart
VGA
Composite
component

Usually you can get adapters that will go from one Digital format to another or from one analogue format to another. You can also get a VGA to DVI or vica versa.

Choose the best output you have on your laptop then connect this to your TV without any adapters/format changes if possible, if not have it convert to the best input your TV has.

What connections do you have on your TV?
Preferred order for Digital output from your laptop
HDMI
DVI
S-video
composite
Scart

From Analgue laptop output
VGA
Component (rare)
S-video
composite
Scart

In most cases you could probably hook up an s-video to s-video cable for the picture and hi-fi audio cables for the sound.

If you can get a photo or description of the connections on your laptop and TV I can give you links to the best cables/adapters to use.

netxm's avatar

can I get hdmi-to-dvi cable and then use dvi-to-vga adapter on top of that? will it work?

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