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#742592 - 12th Nov 2012 6:42pm Connecting a notebook to a Television
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Need a bit of advice on this little project. My daughter has a HDTV and wants to connect her notebook to it so she can use the TV as a large monitor and also to watch netflix. Her notebook only has usb and vga outlets, no HDMI outlet. I have found a 1080P USB Laptop PC to HDMI Video Adapter Converter 3.5mm Audio Cable HD TV LCD on ebay but its 24, does anyone know of a cheaper / easier way.

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#742635 - 12th Nov 2012 8:21pm Re: Connecting a notebook to a Television [Re: Finney]
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Might be a silly question but has the telly not got a VGA socket? I thought almost all the new ones did.

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#742661 - 12th Nov 2012 9:21pm Re: Connecting a notebook to a Television [Re: Finney]
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Newer TV's have HDMI connections which is much better ... I connect my laptop to a 43" screen. Nice.

I wonder if you can buy VGA to HDMI connectors?


Edited by PaulWirral (12th Nov 2012 9:22pm)

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#742746 - 13th Nov 2012 9:41am Re: Connecting a notebook to a Television [Re: Finney]
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Rambo, yes TV has a vga port, but if I connect the notebook to the TV with a vga to vga lead you only get a picture and no sound.
Paulwirral, Will have a look for a vga to HDMI lead, hopefully that will produce picture and sound

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#742762 - 13th Nov 2012 10:38am Re: Connecting a notebook to a Television [Re: Finney]
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Hi

First of all, there are (complicated) ways to do anything, but this is in general.

You can get convertor boxes from VGA to HDMI, but you can't just use a straight cable, as VGA is Analogue, and HDMI is digital.

You might be able to use a VGA to DVI-A connector if your TV supports it (there are two main types of DVI, this only works with DVI-Analogue).

VGA will not carry the sound, even on a convertor box or DVI cable.

If your TV has VGA then you can always use a VGA cable to connect them for picture, and a 3.5mm (headphone jack) to 2x Phono (on your TV) to give you the audio. (This cable will cost you between 1 and 4 depending on length from a local computer shop I can't name)


Hope that helps, pm me if you need a hand.


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#742805 - 13th Nov 2012 2:37pm Re: Connecting a notebook to a Television [Re: Finney]
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Easiest solution to this problem is to use a VGA cable to connect the video and (Depending on the TV) 2.5mm Jack to 2.55mm jack / 2.55mm to Phono and use that for audio. Each lead is around 2 on ebay.

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#742806 - 13th Nov 2012 2:37pm Re: Connecting a notebook to a Television [Re: Finney]
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Ahhh, read the Dr. I didnt, hence the same info.

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#742808 - 13th Nov 2012 2:39pm Re: Connecting a notebook to a Television [Re: TheDr]
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Dr, thanks for the advice, I will pop in to "a local computer shop" and pick one up. I think my closest is near the Rockvilla public house.

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