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Connecting a Television to a Laptop


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I have a home business and I really need to be able to have presentations from the internet on to my TV. At this point I've got my laptop power cable and satellite cable connected. I've got cables from the TV plugged into the headphone jack, and a serial cable plugged into the serial port. I've got a switch box to switch between satellite, computer and DVD. I clicked on the desktop, settings, I've done the "Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor," thing. But that's where it goes wrong. When I push the computer switch, the TV screen is just a dark green.

I have a Toshiba 27AF45 TV and an HP Omnibook 6100, running Windows XP. Since I've never done this before, I don't know what it's supposed to look like or how it works, but from what I'm told, there's supposed to be a dual screen, whatever that is.

I don't know if this is the right way to do it or even if it's possible. If it is possible, it's very important to me to learn how to make it work, for my business.

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The net is a wonderful place to do research if the correct search parameters are used... Have you done a google search for such a thing?

The "way" you have things set up...where did you learn how to do that?

From computer to TV, what is the sequence of hardware[s] in the link?

Have you considered a "TV Tuner" card for your laptop? And set that system up? This would negate the need for the TV, I would think... :whistling:

Check this link out... http://www.informit....a...386789&rl=1

I did a check on google for "TV to laptop" lots of stuff there...

Edited by b1caez01, 29 November 2006 - 03:20 AM.

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Hi....

Thank you for your prompt response. To answer your questions, my "guru" is my son. I think he got his info from Microsoft website. He's really busy right now so I thought if I could find a solution on my own, I wouldn't have to keep bothering him.

I searched on Microsoft.com and Toshiba.com, but I hadn't done a google yet. Guess I'll do that next. The article you sent me to at Informit.com was to watch TV on your laptop, but I need to do just the opposite, see an Internet presentation on the TV, and I don't have a wireless setup. I'm trying to do this on a shoestring and as quickly as possible.

"From computer to TV, what is the sequence of hardware[s] in the link?"

I'm not sure I understand. I have a laptop connected to the TV by the cables I described before. The only hardware is the TV and laptop.

I'm not sure what a Tuner Card is.
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You sound like a "survivalist" ...just like me...life on a shoestring. I'm well into my retirement years and having great fun "fighting" with the computer...really, I am.

Laptop to TV...just use that as the key words for a google search.

Basically, you're looking for a PowerPoint set up?

Yes, MS has some software for this as well... It notes the hardware needed and tells you how to hook things up. I'll get back to you on this one, once I find it... In the meantime... I googled " laptop to TV "...

Check... there may be some guidance here...get a little here, and add to a little there...and so on...

http://www.teluguone...ctotv/index.htm < this one is excellent, if the presentation is any guage :whistling:
LAPTOP_TO_TV.jpg
http://forums.hardwa...d.php?t=1386159
http://www.techspot....ptop-to-tv.html
http://www.omgili.co...TE3OTE1Lmh0bWw=
http://forum.ecousti...s/2/117915.html
http://www.pcguide.c...read.php?t=9124
http://www.ozzu.com/ftopic33776.html < this one seems a bit simple to me...but who knows :help:
http://answers.googl...dview?id=762913

Ooops, forgot...a Tuner Card is a card like any other that sets up your computer to be able to access TV channels and such... Again, do a google search for the term... :blink:

Dannabit...can't find that Micorsoft software...I just had it yesterday...and now its lost to a seniors moment...sorry...

Edited by b1caez01, 29 November 2006 - 07:44 PM.

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Hey, Thanks again.

I just turned 60 in April, and I love a PC challenge. My problem is, I can't remember the stuff I use to solve my computer problems. If I could, I'd be my own "guru". :) Usually I can find the info I need and solve my own problems, but this one had me stumped. I googled TV to laptop, instead of laptop to TV, but I didn't find much I could use. A lot of the info was about wireless setups. One thing I did gather was that the quality of the picture is usually not very good, and that almost scared me off of it.

Something else.....I wanted to get this done by tomorrow night, as I was planning to have quite a few people in to view the presentation. I had a chance of earning a free laptop, if I could get 6 people signed up by tomorrow night. I think I'll just use my 2 laptops, instead of the TV. Makes me sound like I don't really need another laptop, but the best one belongs to my son, and the other one I bought secondhand, so it's pretty old. If I thought the video quality would be good, I still wouldn't mind having it set up, but who knows?

I know that powerpoint is used to do presentations, but what I was trying to do was go to a website that has these presentations and they're live. The person actually talks to us and we can either type or use a microphone and to talk to her.

"Dannabit...can't find that Micorsoft software...I just had it yesterday...and now its lost to a seniors moment...sorry..."

I have a friend who would call it Sometimers, and I think we all have it. ;)

Would you believe I wanted to have this presentation tomorrow night and we're having an ice storm tonight. Don't know how to plan.....don't know if it will be better or worse tomorrow night.

I'll check out the links you found for me, but it will have to be after tomorrow night.

Don't go to too much trouble.....it may wind up being for nothing, unless you just like a PC challenge like I do.
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Hey, you are almost up to me...keep plugging old-timer :blink:

It sounds like you want something more interactive than what PowerPoint offers. The sites I visited never once mentioned wireless, but I may not have read enough of their entries...

This approach won't allow for interaction but might assist in the presentation of video at least...

I used to run a Youth Club. We'd show videos on a big screen, like we used to use for those, whatdiyamacallits, "slides"...yeah that's the ticket :help: Anyway, I'd hook up my video tape machine to a special projector that cast that image up onto the screen...worked famously. I used to take it home to watch sports "on the big screen" so I know it works with that configurarion. I went from cable inlet>to projector>to screen...

What do you think? You'd need a cable inlet or something that will pick up the signal. Normally the TV sits in the place of the projector, but this time we replace the TV with the projector. Now, to find a projector...

Your local school might have one to borrow...or Church...or Community Club... just to borrow to test out and to use if it works.

Well, it was a thought... :whistling:

Edited by b1caez01, 29 November 2006 - 10:15 PM.

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