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:) Can you please tell me how to connect my DELL INSPIRON B130 to my TV? I have no idea what kind of cords are involved or anything..... Thanks!!
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Some websites for you to read.

http://www.netlobo.com/laptop_tv.html

http://www.online-te...ter-to-your-tv/

http://www.tigerdire...DE=WEBLET03SHIP

http://www.svideo.com/sv3rca.html

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Thanks so much... But the problem is that I do not understand what I need. I dont know what cables I need. I dont see ANYWHERE on my laptop to hook any extra cables to. I have 3 USB ports, The port my internet connection goes into and a Grey port next to that. I have a place to hook in headphones, and one for a mic.
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According to this Link you have a VGA connector on the left side. Thats what you want to use.

What kind of plug are you trying to use on the tv? (svga, hdmi, dvi, etc????)
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From what I've read on it, your laptop should have a VGA port. Now what type of ports does your TV have? Does it have any of the following:

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VGA

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S-Video

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HDMI
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My computer does have a port for a monitor it looks like that VGA port except it is grey and doesnt have the outer circles on the sides for the part of the cables that screw in. My TV is a big screen HDTV and it has an S port on the front
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Does your HDTV only have an S-Video input? Try looking on the back. I ask this because converting a VGA signal to an S-Video signal requires a special scan converter which can cost hundreds of dollars.
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It only has the S one. Are ou sure? I saw a cable online that has the peice that goes into my computer and on the other end it has the 3 multicolored cords (Audio and Video) It was $25, Is tat not what I need?
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No, to change a VGA signal into an S-Video or composite (3 multi-colored cords) signal, you need a scan converter. The cable you are referring to would be used if the thing outputting the signal did it via composite and the display used a VGA input, but in your case it is vise versa and will not work.

Edited by stettybet0, 26 February 2008 - 05:38 PM.

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:) Ummm... another person's opinion please? :)
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What brand and model of television do you have? The only output available from your computer is the VGA port. If we know what kind of TV you have, we may be able to find out what input ports it has and be of more help.
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The original poster has stated that their TV only has an S-Video input.

Contrary to popular belief, I (typically) don't just make up things out of the blue. :) There's no way around needing an expensive scan converter to convert a VGA signal to an S-Video or composite signal. If you won't take my word for it, perhaps you will take the word of a company which sells connectivity products.

(Note: RCA and composite both refer to the same thing here: the 3 multi-colored connectors.)

http://www.l-com.com/item.aspx?id=6619[/url]

http://www.l-com.com...s/M_CVD7177.PDF


Edited by stettybet0, 26 February 2008 - 05:38 PM.

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The original poster has stated that their TV only has an S-Video input.


Right, but when was the last time you heard of a "Big screen HDTV" with ONLY an S-video input on the front?

Little point in having an HDTV without some sort of HD input, be it component, HDMI etc. My old-school 10 year old Wal-Mart special Magnavox standard def tube type tv had composite, S-video and antenna ins. The reason I asked for model number was to look up the TV and see if there were possibly some inputs that were unknown to the OP. Manufacturers have been known to hide inputs behind cleverly disguised doors or panels. I'd put money on there being more :)
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Ah, good catch. You are right, that would not make sense. However, most older HDTVs only have component input. If that is the case we are still in the same boat, as converting a VGA signal to a component signal also requires a scan converter.
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