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Laptop outputs graphics but not video to TV

Have a toshiba satellite, connected to TV with 9 pin cable, i can get the desktop to show and work. When I open a video player (WM or RealPlayer) they show and the video will play on laptop, but there is no video on TV - the program still shows. I can see visualizations if music is played, I can see the Realplayer "loading" icon when it starts up, but then just black. Any ideas where this problem lies?

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  • psedory Feb 01, 2009

    The laptop is set at the highest resolution which is 1024x768. might there be a setting on the TV to accept a lower resolution? I had the laptop connected to a projector a few months ago and it did display, but after playing for 30 minutes or so it went black and I couldn't get it back. So not sure that it would be solely this display setting.

  • psedory Feb 04, 2009

    Tried lower setting of 800x600 and no luck.

    Checked different cables and different TVs, the RCA video output on laptop does not seem to work at all (cables okay and TV s display from camera over RCA cables). USed the function f5 to set output to TV/monitor. So output only from the 9pin external monitor output, again there is all graphics displayed at any resolution, but no video from any programs.

    Video driver is latest for Nvidia geoforce 420.

  • psedory Feb 04, 2009

    Just thought to check, I can go to youtube and play a video and it shows on the TV no problem.

  • JDTec
    JDTec May 11, 2010

    Can you try it on a different TV to isolate whether it is a TV or Laptop issue?

  • JDTec
    JDTec May 11, 2010

    Check your laptop's resolution. For the TV , you will need to set your laptop display to at least 1024x1024 or 1028x1024.

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    after about 90 sec. sound output stops graphic equalizer plays no sound until restart



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Try using the 640 by 480 resolution. If no go, update the video driver on the laptop. Try different cables to connect the system to the TV.

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