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S-Video Out Not Working?

I have connected to a TV with a S-Video cable through the s-video out jack on my laptop. I have tried the usual key combinations to switch between views, as well as adjusting settings. For some reason no matter what I do, i cannot display onto the tv either as an extended monitor or as a clone.

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Re: S-Video Out Not Working?

Some graphics cards have trouble with certain tv's refresh rate normally 50HZ ones and s- video more so than any other, if you have a vga or dvi connector on your tv i would use that preferably to s-video. I assume you have looked in the graphics card properties and not just on the desktop settings to identify your other screen, as there is not a lot more that can be done.

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How to connect dish tv to my laptop? It has inbuilt tv tuner.

Your Lenovo laptop can be hooked up your TV if you have a model that is capable of TV output. Newer models with HDMI ports can easily connect to newer TVs that have HDMI input jacks. For older laptops or TVs, you will need other adapters or cables. The most common of these is an S-video jack, which has a small round connector with several pins arranged in a circle. For S-video connections, you will need to hook up the audio from your laptop to your TV separately.

Things You'll Need

HDMI cable

USB-to-HDMI adapter


S-video cable

Audio cables

HDMI Connection

Turn on your Lenovo laptop and HDMI-enabled TV.

Connect one end of your HDMI cable to the HDMI port on your laptop. Lenovo's IdeaPad series has these ports. If you have a ThinkPad or other Lenovo model, connect a USB-to-HDMI adapter to your HDMI cable, then plug the USB end of the adapter into any USB port.

Press the "FN" and "F7" keys on your keyboard. This will switch the laptop's display to the TV. You can then use your TV screen as a monitor or use the laptop's DVD drive to watch movies on your TV.

S-Video Connection

Turn off your laptop and TV. Connect your S-video cable to the laptop on one end and the TV on the other.

Plug audio cables into your audio out jacks on the laptop. If you do not have stereo audio output, you can use the headphone/speaker jack. Add a splitter adapter to split the sound into stereo instead of mono (single speaker). Plug the other ends of the audio cables into your TV.

Turn on the laptop and let it boot up. Then turn on the TV. Right-click on your desktop screen, then select "Properties."

Click the "Settings" tab, the "Advanced" button, then "ATI displays" or "Display device" or the similarly worded option, depending on your system. It is not the "On screen displays" option in any version.

Click on the option that suits your system, such as "TV" or "LCD." Click "Apply," then "Yes" to confirm, if necessary. Click "OK" to exit. Your display should be visible on the TV screen. If not, try pressing "FN" and "F7" to toggle the display to the external screen.

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Not only must you connect the two physically with the S-video cable, but also divert the laptop screen display to the TV or replicate the laptop screen display on the TV screen.

On Toshiba laptops, you use the Fn-F5 key combination to play with the display. Look at the screen capture from my Toshiba laptop. While pressing simultaneously on the Fn and F5 keys, use the right arrow to cycle through the various schemes. For your case use the 4th or 5th scheme.


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Then you will need an audio cable as VGA does not carry a an audio signal. You will need a male to male mini stereo jack.

Connect the VGA cable to your computer and then to the TV. Then plug the audio jack into the headphones socket of the webbook and to the PC IN or audio in on the TV.

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If not you will need to connect Via S-Video cable which all TV's & laptops have. Note that neither VGA or S-Video will carry audio so you will need a seperate audio cable if you want the sound to come through the TV speakers. This is normall just a wire with mini stereo jack on each end.

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*Yes you can: If your TV has either an S-Video input, or a VGA Input.

If it does not, then you wouldn't be able to without an S-Video-to-Component Converter. (very cheap though, if you buy one, you would use the same procedure For S-video below.

But if it does,

  • FOR S-Video Output: You would have to go into your control panel for your integrated graphics card, or graphics settings, and find where it enables you to use S-Video Output.
  • Then you would have to set the source of your TV to "S-Video" of course you also need an S-video cable to connect your TV to the input on the back of your computer, and an audio cable with a standard Stereo (3.5mm) headphone tip on one end, and standard Left/Right audio component tips on the other end. You'd Connect the stereo end of the cord into your headphone jack on the computer, and the other end with Left/right ends (usually white/red, or black/red) in to the input on the TV. (the audio input on the TV should be directly associated with, or by the s-video input jack).
  • FOR VGA Output: You would need to connect a VGA Cable to your computer, and to the VGA Input on the TV. For VGA
  • "To enable VGA out most laptops will have a keystroke such as Function-Key+F8 "Fn + F8" to enable the second display.. Look for a key that says "CRT/LCD" (the link is to an image of the key.)
  • So, [Fn + CRT/LCD]

    Most popular:
    Fn + F8
    Fn + F7
    Fn + F4
I Hope This Helps.
(Sorry for the extra long response....)
Give a shout back if you have any more questions, and I'll be Glad to assist you further.

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