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Connecting my laptop to my new TV

I have a Compaq Presario CQ50 with a VGA output. My new HDTV has HDMI inputs in the back so what cables do I need to purchase in order to show the computer screen on the TV? I have a VGA to DVI cable and a DVI to HDMI cable but was told that there are different types of DVI cables and I don't know which I need. Both of the DVI connectors I currently have look different. Please help!

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To convert VGA format to HDMI format you need a piece of hardware, check this WEB site.
http://www2.dvigear.com/convert-scaler-video-pc-hdmi.html

Posted on Feb 23, 2009

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Hi there.
Check on the back of the TV for a VGA input port, if it has what you will need is a male to male VGA lead and a mini stereo to mini stereo audio lead to plug into the headphone port on the laptop to audio in on the TV.

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