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How do I connect my Laptop using the S-video

I have the cords but ???? It did not show up anywhere!

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  • Ok, well it used to work on my old TV... The back of my Dell has a TV and I plugged from that to the S-Video before but it wont work on this TV


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I am not aware of any laptop which outputs standard or s video without an adapter. You need to get a VGA to video converter. This is the worse image quality that you will get from your laptop. Does your TV have HDMI. or DVI-D. If so get an adapter that goes from VGA to one of those. If you don't have either of those conectors how about component.
If you are using a mac laptop that is a different adapter. Mini DVI to whatever your TV's best input would be
Good luck

Posted on Apr 18, 2009

  • Rob Saltman Apr 19, 2009

    Send me all model #'s and I will check for compatability


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