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Ohmess



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PostLink    Posted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 4:22 pm    Post subject: Laptop to TV Reply with quote


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There appear to be several products here for connecting a laptop to a TV. Laptop is a Dell Dimension; TV is a Sony Bravia LCD.

Can someone help me with a quick and dirty summary of the pros and cons of each connection product? Thanks.
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PostLink    Posted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try a VGA cable.
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PostLink    Posted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, deep subject, and lots of variables. Depends on your Dimension, your exact model of Bravia, and your intended purpose for connecting the laptop to the TV. Fill us in a little on what you'd like to accomplish, and we can narrow down the discussion to something less than a novel.

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PostLink    Posted: Wed Oct 07, 2009 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What connectors does the laptop have?

What connectors does the TV have?

What resolutions does the TV support?

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PostLink    Posted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 1:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My laptop has a VGA output and the TV has a "D-SUB" input (VGA), which I found worked really well, but I wasn't using a high resolution. It was whatever was higher than 1024x 768, but wide screen. Don't remember exactly.

It will depend what your laptop has as a video out. My guess would be a VGA out, unless it's a really nice dell (maybe DVI and less likely HDMI). The thing I liked is the 10 foot VGA cable I bought was only $15 (definitely the cheapest option). It worked well for the "big screen" experience before the projector came into play. Now the projector does it all. No more TV as a monitor for me.

Good luck. It's pretty easy once you know what inputs and outputs you have.

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PostLink    Posted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I've got VGA out and the TV has a VGA in, so I'm planning to try a VGA cable and mess around with the Display settings.

I'll report back. Thanks.
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PostLink    Posted: Thu Oct 08, 2009 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

greg_mitch wrote:
Try a VGA cable.


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PostLink    Posted: Mon May 31, 2010 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm trying to figure out which cables I need to run my laptop to my TV. I have a Dell Studio. I took pictures of the plugs on the side of my laptop and what's on the side of my TV.
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PostLink    Posted: Mon May 31, 2010 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great, can you post those pictures?

As with the above posts, an SVGA to SVGA cable is the easiest and best way to do it.
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PostLink    Posted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could use HDMI if your TV have it, now almost all 2 years old laptops have HDMI.
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