Re: cant get compaq laptop to show screen on TV with...
Well, my wife has an older Compaq Presario so I don't know if this solution will help...
After you connect the cabble from the laptop to the TV, you need to tell the laptop to send a TV signal...
On her laptop, there is a special "FN" key on the keyboard near the "Windows" key. You press that along with the display key at the same time. Her display key if the 'f4' key at the top of the keyboard.
It is likely that you'll need to do the same thing with your system.
The only other way would be through the display properties setting. With ALL windows closed or minimized, right click on an empty area (no icons) of your desktop. Select the Graphics Properties option and look for a multi-display option or an option to change display devices.
Should say something like TV, S-Video, Composite, or maybe HDMI.
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Re: cant get compaq laptop to show screen on TV with...
Make sure your s-video cables are securely connected at both ends. You may have to toogle ( fn key ) to your video output to external monitor and make sure that you match the color to the right video input on your TV set and that the correct external inputs (source) is selected. You may have to adjust your laptops video resolution as well.
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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. - Joe.
Connect the HDMI cord to both. Switch to the HDMI input on the TV. Boot the laptop. If you're using Windows and the TV doesn't show the laptop's screen, right click anywhere on the desktop that doesn't have an icon, then select properties. In the tab to the right of the resulting window, you should be able to enable screen mirroring, expansion, or switching.
Some laptops also have a function key set that you press to switch monitor outputs. Look for keys with secondary, alternate color commands on them. It will normally take a set of key presses.
Sometimes you need to restart the computer so the TV sees it. You might first try turning the TV off and back on and see if that will do it.
You may also need to change some display settings on your computer. We have Windows vista and have to go to our computer settings, (personalize), then display settings. If you see an "identify monitors" or something similar on your computer, click on that.
you have to tell your laptop to do either a dual screen or use the external screen (TV) instead of the built in one. If your using a Windows based computerit will be located in the control panel to change this setting
Just plugging in the monitor to your VGA port on the laptop won't make it display. You have to toggle to the exteral display, or both. Usually you have to hold down your function key, and then hit the external display key. It could be F1 thru F8, depending on your laptop model. Mine is F6. If you toggle thru the modes, your CRT should display . The missing pin is no concern!
sounds to me like a connection problem. If the compaqs output is vga, you need to convert the input (tv side ) to hdmi, component, s-vidio... what ever you can find. Typically when you hook up your computer to a flat screen or such, its best to try to use the hdmi ports or the rpg. But if thats not available you need to take the outout from your laptop ( whatever type that might be and input it into your flat screen tv. If you input laptop into tv under ( eg..HDMI) then when you VIEW it you need to select the correct source on your flat screen. Such as hdmi or pcmi or rpg.I know that the do sell alot of cables that adapt from one type of connection to another. Typically only one cable is required from the laptop to the flat screen. If you think about it you are only using the flat screen as a monitor.
All you need to do is plug the video cord in and right click on an open space on your desktop. On the pop up menu select the Intel TV wizard. Then follow the on screen guide to use your TV as your second monitor.
try playing around a bit with the display settings, there are not many laptops that are setup to automatically adjust to the dual screen setup with an lcd tv. Also, iv found that Not using the lcd as a duplicate of the main screen is a good idea, set it up as a separate screen...if you know what i mean, if you do it right you will see only yourbackground on the tv and no start menu bar or icons.... In this configuration you can set the resolution to the max for the best quality possible for your television.