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VGA input I have a problem (I think) connecting to the tv as a second monitor with my laptop. The laptop recognizes it as a 4:3 analog display. Is that just how the input works for this tv? Or is there some way I can reset the resolution to use the full widescreen? Thanks for any help!

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Is your laptop capable of sending widescreen video to your TV or can it only send 4:3 video?

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Im trying to connect my laptop to my TV, laptop end is a VGA and tv is HDMI. i also have a cord that does VGA on laptop Component on TV..neither will work.. whats the problem?

Hey Erin, when you mean it does not work as in there is nothing on the screen including audio? With VGA to HDMI (assuming you have the VGA to HDMI adapter) you should only get video since VGA does not support sound. As far as connecting goes its pretty much plug and play. That's also assuming that you have set it to the correct input on your tv and make sure your laptop has proper settings. Go to control panel and go to display. Make sure it recognizes dual monitor. Other than that there really should not be a problem. Look at video input on tv and display settings (OR mobile pc > windows mobility center > connect to a projector or other external display (not under classic view - Vista). I hope this helps. Give me a feedback if not. Good luck Erin.
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Oct 22, 2013 | Flat Panel Televisions

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I can't connect my xbox360 to my sony pfm-42b2 tv

Keep in mind that your Sony IS NOT A TV, but a monitor instead. There is an actual XBOX360 VGA adapter that's available at most gaming retailers. It was initially designed for those who wanted to use their PC monitors for there console gaming. HDMI is NOT compatible with a VGA input as HDMI is a digital signal type and VGA is an analog type connection. You must also remember to have the XBOX set to a NON-progressive resolution (480i) if trying to hook it up using the standard XBOX video cables.

Apr 17, 2012 | Sony Flat Panel Televisions

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Link ASUS laptop to Sharp Aquos LCD TV

No, a DVI to VGA adapter will not work. (The TV is looking for the digital signal from a set top box. This is different from the analog signal on the VGA cable.) You need a converter. Your best bet would be a VGA to component video converter. (I am assuming that the Sharp TV has a component video input.) This page has some examples: . Note a VGA to component video cable will not work. The VGA to component cables are for projectors that read the RGB signal. The component video signal is YPbPr.

Connect the VGA cable to the converter and the component video cable to the TV and the converter with the computer and TV off. Turn on the TV first and set it to the component video input and then turn on the computer. Then (assuming the VGA port is enabled - adjust in the BIOS if needed) set the computer's video output to the VGA port. (On my Windows 7 laptop, this can be done by right-clicking on the desktop. Choose Graphics Properties and set the display to the external monitor or both. Click Apply and then confirm the change (on the external monitor if using the single monitor). (VGA to Composite video converters also exist if you do not have an available component video input on your TV.)

If your computer is fairly new, you may have an HDMI port. Your TV may be able to read the signal with a DVI to HDMI cable. (It depends on the TV. Not all of them will read the computer's signal on the DVI port. Check the documentation for your model. TVs without a VGA port are less likely to support this feature.)

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Nov 28, 2011 | Flat Panel Televisions

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We are trying to set up a dual monitor system so that we cn watch movies via the pc [not laptop] we have plugged in all the cables but still zilch

if you want to set up a dual tv monitor system using via pc as a source you will need a VGA splitter usually 2 or more output. now how are you going to connect the 2 monitor and PC to the VGA splitter. first make sure your tv monitor is supported by service input for PC unit. then prepare the accessories needed. the VGA splitter and VGA cable. vinceisaac_30.jpg vinceisaac_31.jpg sample image for VGA splitter VGA cable or connector how are you going to hook up the splitter and VGA cable to the tv monitor and PC
  • you need 3 vga connector and 1 splitter to connect a dual monitor system.
  • connect one end of the vga connector to the pc unit and the other end to the input port of splitter.
  • now the 2 remaining vga connector connect to the output of splitter either of the port, then the 2 end wire you must connect to the input port ( pc service port ) of the 2 tv monitor. make sure you set up the right input either with the remote or at the tv unit to recognized the pc source.
  • you almost done the connections now at this point plug the tv monitors, plug the dc adapter supply of the vga splitter and lastly turn on the pc unit to view movies. i hope it will help you just ask me if you have further questions thanks for choosing the fixya.

Jun 05, 2011 | Flat Panel Televisions

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How to PC Monitor Input

use a vga to vga cable and a 3.5mm jack to 3.5mm jack lead like these


you will then need to to switch to pc input and your computer should display on the tv, if your using the tv as a secondary display from your computer. I.E. you already have a monitor connected or its a laptop you will need to go into display properties in your control panel and click on settings and then enable the second display.

Apr 22, 2011 | Memorex MLTD2622 26 in. LCD TV

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How do I connect my laptop to tv to use as monitor

It depends on the laptop and the TV. If both have a VGA port, then use a VGA cable between them. Make sure the VGA port is enabled on the computer (possibly in the BIOS) and then set the monitor properties. You may need to reboot the computer to get the TV on.

If the TV has HDMI input and the laptop also has an HDMI port then you need to check the TV specs. Some HDMI ports can accept a signal from a computer (often labeled HDMI/DVI) and others don't. If the HDMI port is compatible with a computer source, then use an HDMI cable between the two. Again make sure the port is active. If TV's HDMI port is not compatible with the computer, you will need a converter.

If the TV doesn't have a VGA port (and the laptop doesn't have any video port other than VGA), then you will need a VGA to component video converter (or VGA to composite video) depending on the inputs of the TV. See for some converters.

Note: the converters are needed since computers output in a different format than the TV input understands. For analog, the computer is RGB and the component video is YPbPr.

A few media PCs might have a TV out port. This would eliminate the need for a converter. Check the specs for the cable you need.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Dec 10, 2010 | Flat Panel Televisions

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How to use as monitor for laptop

i assume the TV has a VGA port (blue 15-pin) and that you're using a VGA cable.

the TV will usually have another A/V or input specifically for the VGA which can be called anything from "PC" to "other" make sure you've got that input selected

once you've got all that tell your PC to connect (button looks like a box with a line on each side) by pressing "fn" + "f4" if you have an HP...i think dell uses "fn" + "f8" i think Asus uses "fn" + "f5". (**usually if you press it once it will turn off your comp screen and transmit to tv, if you press a second time it will go back and if you press a third time it will tranmit to both at the same time)
if this is the first time you've connected your laptop to something it usually brings up a screen to configure some options like do you want to mirror the screen or use the tv as an extension of the screen.

hope this helps

Feb 16, 2010 | Toshiba 20VL33 20 in. LCD Television

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Have Dell Dimension 2400 and wanting to connect to Emerson LD195EMX.. attach to PC Monitor connection but no scrren comes up/// WHat else can I do?

Is the PC monitor connection - a DVI or DVI-I connection a 15-pin VGA connection an RCA video connection?
Have you set the television input to match the connector used on the TV?
The display resolution on your computer may not be set to a resolution your TV can handle. There is no point trying to put a 1280 by 800 signal into a VGA connector. Start with 640 by 480. However, this will not give you the high resolution you have come to expect from your PC's monitor.
This set also has HDMI input. If your computer has a DVI or DVI-I output, you can buy an adapter that will connect to that HDMI input. Note that this will only handle the video portion of the output from your computer and you will have to use analog connections for the sound and figure out which TV menu input selections allow high definition video with analog sound (not all sets can do this).
Note that LED TVs are not like CRT TVs where an electron beam can put a dot anywhere on the screen. An LED TV has fixed resolution modes.
It might be necessary to use a software product like "PowerStrip" to create a custom resolution mode that will show a high resolution image that will fill the screen of your TV. I wound up using 1352 x 648 to give a full screen image on my LED TV using the HDMI input. ("Your mileage may vary.")
There is a lot more to connecting a high resolution computer display to an LED TV than just plugging it into the "PC Input".

Jan 02, 2010 | Sylvania LD195EMX 19 in. TV

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Philips 42" HDMI connection to VGA on laptop connection problems

why dont u just use the vga input and select vga from your input selection. it should work just fine. if not, email me back.

Feb 10, 2009 | Philips 52 In. LCD HDTV

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Connecting my Laptop to the Television


There is no need to select any channel on the TV to watch the video from the laptop, rather you need to select at which external source/connector the laptop is connected to. These area:
2. D-Sub (HD-15)
3. VGA
4. S-Video
5. USB
6. RS-232

Often used are either the: a) VGA, or the b) S-Video. Of course likewise to be connected with the Video would be the audio out of the laptop (green) to Audio INput of the TV.

To your post of "PC audio input for", they (blue) are used to plug in any any audio source external to the PC such as a cassette deck, an analog audio from a camera, from an analog mixer and others of the same variety.

Hope this be of help/idea. Pls post back how things turned out or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Feb 09, 2008 | Soyo GVTL3727AB Television

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