How can I hook my tower up to my laptop to update information?
I know I can hook the monitor cord to my laptop. All of a sudden I can't play dvds anymore but I can play cds. It said something about my drivers or codec. I would really appreciate it if someone had some answers
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Re: How can I hook my tower up to my laptop to update...
There is a blue (usually blue) 15 pin video connector on the back of the laptop, just connect the video cable from the monitor to this connector, and when you boot up the display will switch to this monitor.
Windows Media player need a Codex plugin to play DVD's. If you install a DVD play program such as PowerDVD it will install the Codex plugin, then you will be able to play DVD's with either PowerDVD or Windows Media Player.
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I'm guessing what you're wanting to do is use a DVD ROM to play DVDs on your TV?
I'm sure it's possible, though the list of things in my head that would be needed done so those pieces of hardware could talk to each other is getting exponentially longer the more I think about it..
So, here's something that may be easier:
Look on your laptop and see if it's got a VGA/DVI port on it (to hook up another monitor). If it does, look on the back of your T.V. and see if it also has the same looking port. If so, just get a monitor cable and connect them. Switch your tv over to the input number that's printed next to the port where you plugged in the monitor cable while the computer is running. Boom, there you go! :) You can plan DVDs on your laptop/desktop and just drag the window over to your TV as though it was a second monitor (you can also set up your player so it auto starts on that screen too).
You have not mentioned the make and model of the laptop. Anyway, the easiest would be to connect the other monitor to your laptop and from a key that has a monitor and the LCD made on it you can view the laptop on the monitor and do your work. You can then save your data to any removable media.
Unfortunately you cannot use a laptop screen to view output from other computer sources. As you are surely aware, you may plug another monitor into the VGA plug on the laptop to view the laptop's output, but the plug is only for the laptop's output.