I'm writing this post on how to connect your PC or computer to a TV
because last week I returned from a trip in India and wanted to show
all of my pictures and videos to my family from my laptop onto our HDTV,
but unfortunately I did not have the correct cords and so after
fumbling around for 30 minutes trying to connect my computer to the TV, I
had to tell everyone that they would have to wait till the next
weekend! Pretty annoying considering the times we live in, it should be
quite easy to connect the two together!
So here's a quick walk-through of all the methods that I know (if you
know any more, please comment) to connect a laptop or PC to your TV:
- This is probably the most common method
out there currently because an S-Video cable is cheap as heck and just
about every TV under the sun has a S-Video port. You'll have to make
sure you laptop is equipped with this port. Remember, there are two
types of S-Video cables: 4-pin and 7-pin
. Most laptops
and PC's are equipped with a 7-pin port, so if your TV only has a 4-pin
S-Video port, then this method will not work.
- If you have a HDTV, then you will be better off connecting using a VGA cable
It gives much better quality than S-Video and as with S-Video, the
cable is very cheap. You usually won't find a VGA port on regular TV's
though, so this option is if you have an HDTV.
3. DVI -
DVI stands for Digital Visual Interface
with "digital" being the key word there. The digital signal will give a
higher quality picture than either S-Video or VGA. Of course, your
computer will need to have a DVI connection and your TV will need to be
an HDTV. This cord is definitely not cheap, it ranges anywhere from $40
- Using HDMI will give you the best quality by far. No computers that I know of yet have HDMI ports, but you can get a DVI to HDMI cable
to connect it to your HDTV. HDMI is compatible with DVI.
5. Scan Converter Box
- This is the last method that
I could think of and it involves using a scan converter box, which
takes a VGA signal and converts it into S-Video or component video.
Here's a graphic I created with some pictures of the various cables:
Hope this helps someone! If you have any other ideas or suggestions, please feel free to comment!!! Thanks!