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How can I connect the sound from my laptop to my HDTV?

Asked by erichw1504 (26420points) February 23rd, 2011

I have an older laptop with a VGA port that I can connect to my HDTV and display the video from it, but this connection does not include the sound. I am trying to figure out the best way to get the sound to also hook up to my TV. Essentially I need to connect the 3.5mm jack to the TV somehow. What type of (converted) cable will I need to do this? Where can I purchase the cable(s) from on the cheap?

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RareDenver's avatar

Your TV may make this impossible, most TV’s only take one signal at a time. There may be a USB to HDMI converter available that could carry both the picture and audio signal but I would hazard a guess at the quality being pretty shit. If you have a stereo/surround sound system in the same room as the TV then you could always hook the VGA to the TV and the audio to the sound system and bob’s yer uncle.

erichw1504's avatar

@RareDenver Wow, I can’t believe I didn’t think of hooking it up to my surround sound system! Genius!

…and what?? “bob’s yer uncle”?

RareDenver's avatar

“Bob’s yer uncle” is the shortened version of a British saying “Bob’s yer uncle and Fanny’s yer auntie” which kinda means “that’s the solution, there’s your answer, that’s how it works” I’ve no idea wher the saying came from, maybe I should pose the question to the Fluther community?

Edit: there’s a whole Wiki article on it's_yer_uncle

nicky's avatar

there is a 3.5 mm to composite(the red and white) adapter that could deliver the audio to your tv.

something like this:

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