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Connecting VGA laptop to LCD TV


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I have an XP-running Dell Inspiron E1505 laptop with a VGA output, and I want to connect it to my Philips LCD TV (40PFL3705D/F7). I've tried to look up the answer online, but every solution I find says my TV should have a VGA input and then assumes that that's what I have and never explains what to do if my TV does not, which is my case. I've tried a VGA to HDMI chord, but that didn't work. All I can figure is that my TV does NOT have VGA or DVI. It has 3 HDMI ports as well as what I believe to be S-video. Of course, I would love to use one of the HDMI ports, but I have read that only a DVI connection would make sense. Any suggestions?
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Also, when I find a site that recognizes that my TV might not have a VGA connection, it assumes it's an older TV that only has S-Video and RCA. Am I the only person who owns this TV and wants to use it with my computer? (strictly a rhetorical question!)

Edited by Cooter285, 28 March 2011 - 10:06 PM.

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you basically said it in your first post.

if your laptop ONLY has vga out, then your tv pretty much HAS to have a VGA port if you're wanting a "cable only" solution. otherwise you'll have to get a converter such as one of these

PERSONALLY i'd be wary of the VGA to HDMI ones. i trust cables to go, and i don't think they'd sell something that was completely misrepresented, but to go from VGA to HDMI you're taking an analog signal and converting it to digital. that won't really give awesome results. if you can keep it analog then the results will be better.
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could i use any of the other ports on my tv? i'm not deadset on using hdmi.
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yeah, did you look at that link that i posted? it has several VGA to whatever converters. you can do VGA to S-Video, VGA to RCA, VGA to composite, etc..
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