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Does vga cable have sound? or do i need an extra

Does vga cable have sound? or do i need an extra cable for it?

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No, it doesn't.
You will need a separate cable.

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VGA to HDMI converter connection and set up

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Connecting a Computer to your Television

So you want to hook up your desktop or laptop to your television but do not know how well this How to will get those two hooked up in no time.
For the basis of this How-to we will go with the assumption that you are trying to hook up a computer to the television that is prebuilt and we are not adding hardware to the computer.

First we need to figure out what ports that you have on your television to display the video.

Section 1


If you have a LCD, LED, Plasma, etc. type flat screen the most common extra ports that you have are:

HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface)


This is a/v cable which means that both audio and video are transmitted on the same cable.

DVI (Digital Video Interface)


This a Video only cable which means we will need to bring in audio to the television if you want to hear things as well. Now there is a debate on which video cable HDMI or DVI is the best, and honestly there are so many variables like the distance the cable is running to the devices that you are interfacing that there is no sure fire answers without testing both cables yourself.

VGA (Video Graphics array)


This is also a video only cable and we will need to bring sound to your television.
HDMI, DVI, and VGA cable are the cables that will be able to transmit your desktop to your TV in high definition



This is another cable that is video only and we will need to bring sound to your television. This is not a high definition cable and is only 480i resolution so I would suggest only using this one as a last resort.

Now that we have looked over your television we need to look at your computer. Match up the jacks with what is on your computer. Newer laptops are coming with a HDMI jack already in them so if you have one of those then looks like this will be easy for you to hook up. Heck you probably are not even reading this how-to right now.

If you don't have the HDMI jack you will most likely have either a VGA or DVI jack on your laptop or desktop so we will be using that. Older laptops do also have s-video but because it's not a high def cable I won't really be covering that in this how-to



Let's go over our video only options first. These are options if you only want the video to go to your television and do not want audio. If you are wishing for both audio and video then skip ahead to the next section.

As a rule of thumb you want the cables as short as you can so that there is not any signal degradation that can happen on long cables

VGA is the most common kind of connector out there. It has been used since 1987 in one form or another on desktops as well as laptops and the cables are relatively inexpensive. They range in the 5 - 10 dollar range and can be picked up easily online.

DVI output is usually just on desktop computers but can on the rare occasion be found on a laptop. These cables are a bit pricier but range in the area of 9 - 20 dollars.

Now here is the most common problem, "None of my connectors match. For instance, "I have VGA on my computer and not on my TV" etc.
To take care of this problem we need to get some adapters or conversion cords.


Here is an adapter, they look generally like this:


And they cost usually about 5 dollars this will take a VGA cable coming from your computer and connect it with the DVI port of your television.

You can also purchase a VGA to DVI cable that doesn't need an adapter they are about 15 dollars. They look like this:



Currently they only sell VGA to HDMI cables. They are about 15 dollars. They look about like this:



Adapters like below are easy to find and cost about 3 to 5 dollars as well as a fully integrated cable also below for about 10 dollars





If your television has both a VGA and a mini phono plug (headphone input jack) they do make a VGA cable like below that you can interface both the audio and video with.


You can purchase it via Amazon for about 10 dollars



The product pictured above is an Atlona AT-HDVIEW VGA to HDMI Scaler/Converter. What this will do is take the video from your VGA port and sound from your headphone jack and convert it into a signal that can be sent along a HDMI cable so that both audio and video are being displayed on your television. Keep in mind that the audio coming across will only is in stereo. So you can't get the full 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound out of the jack you will be using. This device is also USB powered so you will not need an extra power cable or batteries.

There are several varieties of this kind of device they range from 40 to 100 dollars so do your research before buying.


Now this method will only work if you have a S/PDIF audio output on your computer (it looks like this)


Pictured below is a DVI + Audio (SPDIF & Toslink) to HDMI Converter Adapter. This unit will take the DVI video and encode the S/PDIF audio with it and transmit the signal over a HDMI cable to your television. The retail for about 38 dollars


Phono to RCA

If these audio solutions are not working for you so far than you will most likely have to use a home theater system or stereo to play the sound most stereo systems do have RCA plugs for a audio input, so pick up a 3.5 mm stereo to 2 RCA phono cable like the one pictured below. They are about 5 to 10 dollars. That way you can run the sound through your home sound system and still enjoy the computer on your television. Again keep in mind this will only produce 2 channel stereo not 5.1 or 7.1 surround.


I hope this how-to has solved all of your problems or at the very least pointed you in the right direction. There are more ways to connect your computer to your laptop than this. Heck, if I was to write a complete guide to show every possible way to connect these two devices, this guide would end up being a novel. I encourage everyone out there reading this to do some research because just like everything else, technology moves fast and there are newer and newer ways to do everything.

All of the pictures and costs used in this how-to are used for example purposes and can change from the date in which this was written.

on Apr 20, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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Unlike the HDMI cable, VGA will not provide sound, you need some external speakers or use an HDMI cable for video and sound.

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you need a cable. it may be the one that usually connects a computer to a monitor = depending what the input is on the projector but it sounds like an ordinary monitor cable as projector is VGA ( the other type has a digital input at one end ;but Im pretty sure thats not it.) If you have another computer set up just borrow the monitor cable and try it. There's already an input for one end in your laptop if its ok buy an extra cable

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Vga to hdmi

for vga out from your notebook to hdmi there are several adaptors on the market just google vga hdmi adaptor. they vary in price usually the sound and video a carried on seperate cables so you will have to check what extra cables you need.

I hope this was useful

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Monitor has fast moving color bands. Unplugging has not helped, restarting computer has not helped

looks like to video card is on its last leg now.
if your computer has built in vga port, transfer the vga cable from the video card and see if the problem disappear. Or better if you have extra video card replace the old one and see if the problem remains.

Most likely its the video card problem, you can also try fixing the vga cable connected on your video card and monitor. It has two screws on both end that need to be fix.

let me know if this help

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I want to connect my laptop to a LG 32ld310.. I have 1 cable VGA-VGA ( and the sound jack to Audio IN ). I got sound, but no image, no signal, even with AV or COMPONENT. Before, I had a cable VGA-HDMI,...

I want to connect my CPU to a LG 32ld310.. I have 1 cable VGA-VGA ( and the sound jack to Audio IN ). I got sound, but no image, no signal, even with AV or COMPONENT.

Before, I had a cable VGA-HDMI, also no signal ( analogical & diginal ).

If I buy a cable VGA ( for CPU ) and 3 jacks ( green, blue, white ) for Component IN; does-it work ??
I need some help.

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hello, you can only use sound card on it. if you want to use the extra graphic card you will need to disable the Video adapter on the motherboard before the Extra graphic card can work.

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Speakers connected to the flat panel won't work

Don't Connect them to the Monitor Directly.
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hai dear,
i checked your problem and found that you open the cover of monitor and you find the two jack of data cable in main pcb and neck card( 2 connector of data cable).plz you cut the connector of data cable and you will find 8 wires in connector.related red(invild extra ground),green(invild extra ground),blue(invild extra ground),black gnd,white,orange,gold(extra gnd) and now you cut the red wire, you will find two you refix the main red wire pin no-1 of connector and red gnd pin no-6,green main wire pin no-2 and green gnd pin no-7,main blue wire pin no-3 and blue gnd pin no-8.check for the horizental sync and vertical sync wire you should go in main pcb which invild the other connector. there is present in print, h- sync(two wire of h- sync main wire in pin no-13 and other pin no-5) and ver.-sync wire in pin no-14.first you will check the whose h-sync and vert-sync in color and now finally other wires will fix any pin of connector.

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