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kebabboy

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Hi,

Ok so I have this flat screen TV I want to connect to my notebook so I can watch movies on it instead of my small laptop screen. Thing is I can't get it to work.. I have a ATI mobility X700 on my laptop. I have bought a DVI cable which connects the TV and the comp. That's about it: my TV screen just stays blank on the DVI channel. I've been fideling around with the options to no avail. I think I bought the wrong cable maybe I should have bought an S-Video one? Because my PC has both a S-video and DVI connection. If it turns out I have to use S-video to connect to my TV what is the DVI connection used for? Any help is greatly appreciated!!

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Facedown98

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What kind of port does the TV have? Most have S-Video I think... Have you tried right-clicking somewhere on the desktop, and selecting output to -> ____ ?
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DVI is a direct digital input. It elimitnates the need to convert digital to anology which is what older and some new display use. DVI give you a direct digital image for better picture quality.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVI
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Have you tried what Stormknight suggested?

Right click on empty space in desktop.
Click Settings
Click Advanced
Click Display device and choose TV.

At least that's how it works on my laptop. You may have slightly different software settings. You may also need to change the resolution settiing.
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kebabboy

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Hi again,

Thanks for the replies. I had tried right clicking on the desktop and setting the TV as monitor but it hadn't worked properly.. So I went and bought a S-video cable, which when I tried what you have suggested worked. But the only problem was that the resolution I got was soo bad that I couldn't read anything on the TV, watching movies was fine but reading anything was out of the question.. I've tried adjusting the resolution but it only made things worse.

The TV's instruction manual says that I need a VGA to DVI cable to use it as a Pc monitor. DO you think it will really help?
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