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Re: connecting laptop to tv
Turn the laptop off, the TV on
If the TV does not get a screen by the time desktop appears, open your graphic controls (usually on bottom right of menu bar) and select external monitor, then set parameters (size, PAL/NTSC, etc)
If this utility is not available there, look for a color-coded FN key, and a correlative same color icon on F keys (F1-F12) that resembles a monitor (rectangle),. Press both of these simultaneously, which brings up monitor option there.
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Decide if you want to watch the television on your computer
or use the TV as a larger monitor. If you want to view the contents of
the TV on your laptop, you need a video card connected to to the
computer. These cards can either be inserted through the express PCI
card slot on the laptop, or via USB cable. Make sure the video tuner
card supports component video.
Connect the DVI-to-component cable into the DVI port if you
want to use the TV as a large monitor for your laptop. However, if you
have a VGA port, plug the VGA-to-component cable into the VGA port.
Plug the RGB component cables into the component side of the
DVI- or VGA-to-component cable. If you want to watch the TV on your
computer, insert the RGB cables into the TV video card.
Plug the other end of the RGB component cables into the TV.
If you are using the TV as a monitor, plug the cables into the
"Component In" ports. However, if you are sending the TV signal to the
computer, plug the cables into the "Component Out" port (the other end
of the DVI- or VGA-to-component cable that you connected to your
computer in Step 2).
Power on the TV. If you are using the TV as a computer
monitor, press the "Video" button until "Component Video" appears on the
screen. If you are watching TV on your computer, launch the television
viewing software that came with the TV tuner card. You can now see the
contents of the TV on your computer.
Unless your TV has a component (Red/Green/Blue) video connector, you are out of luck for connecting it using the VGA output. Honestly, it's more trouble than it's worth, and VGA to TV adapters are very expensive. A much easier solution would be to get a video card that has a composite or S-Video output and use that instead. A lot of video cards manufactured in the last 5-10 years already have S-Video outputs on them, so it's possible your video card already has it. There's a picture of the connector on this page:
Even if your TV doesn't have an S-Video input, don't worry - you can get an S-Video to Composite adapter for under $10.
after you hook the cable up to the tv, go into the tv's menu to make sure the input mode is set to s-video. then go into the control panel on your laptop and find the settings for your video card and set the output to "TV" or "Clone"
some graphics cards have trouble with certain tv's refresh rate normally 50HZ ones and s- video more so than any other, if you have a vga or dvi connector on your tv i would use that preferably to s-video.
I assume you have looked in the graphics card properties and not just on the desktop settings to identify your other screen, as there is not a lot more that can be done.