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Philips 42" HDMI connection to VGA on laptop connection problems

Went about getting a cable to connect my philips 42" hd tv to my dell laptop.My laptop only has a vga connection and does not have a dvi connection.Went to a couple of computer and tv stores and was told they are not made. Checked on line and got a hdmi to vga direct cable.I am still having problems getting the picture to change from laptop to tv.Constant black screen when hdmi channel is switched on and laptop connected. FN and F8 pressed to swap from laptop monitor to external monitor and screen just flicks to black and back to normal screen and no change to tv screen.
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  • P_E_T_E_R_84 Feb 11, 2009

    my tv is not exact same model as yours mate but it is a phillips i think it might be a fault with all their hdmi ports on tellys i personally think it is a joke paying almost £1000 and not getting the full potential it has disgusted me

  • omahonykeith Feb 18, 2009

    I was speaking to a guy in the IT department where i work and he says the problem is the signal from the vga on the laptop is an analogue signal and the signal the tv needs is a digital signal.Because phillips dont have an analogue connector in their tvs (as most others do) your laptop needs to have a dvi connection.But there is a convertor you can buy to change the signal.**** that im not buying a new laptop or tv or converter theres a recession on at the moment ha!



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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.

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Kenzmailroom: the whole problem is that the philips tv's DO NOT have a vga input so that is really an irrelevant "solution"
I think the best solution would just use S-video cable (assuming your laptop has an S-video out).

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