Laptop to TV

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Cathryn, 5 May 2010.

  1. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    Hurrah, I've just subscribed to Eurosport on my laptop so we can watch the Giro, the World Cup (yawn) and the Tour!! But my laptop's mini...can we somehow link it to the TV so I can watch the cycling in widescreen splendour?
  2. Sh4rkyBloke

    Sh4rkyBloke Jaffa Cake monster

    Manchester, UK
    Just position your laptop where the TV should be and invest in a couple of magnifying glasses... holding these at the correct distance from your face will give the same effect.

    Have I been of any help?

  3. johnnyh

    johnnyh Veteran

    I'm guessing your laptop will have a 15pin dsub monitor out, or an HDMI out?

    If so, providing you have a tele that takes an input from such a source, you just need a connection cable and a mini jack for the sound.

    dont forget to set the screen resolution on the laptop else you might find the picture doesnt fill the screen.
  4. redddraggon

    redddraggon Blondie

    North Wales
    I connect my laptop to the TV with a HDMI cable.
  5. twowheelsgood

    twowheelsgood Senior Member

    Zurich Switzerland
    Depends on your TV and your notebook is the very dull answer to that.

    Most notebooks have a VGA out (a 15 pin D-connector) and most LCD TVs support VGA in. This has been how you connected any computer to a monitor for the last 20 years or so.

    If so, the cable is a fiver but you'll have to check what resolutions and refresh rates the TV supports. Ironically the cheap Korean TVs from Samsung and LG are far more compatible than some of the premium brands. Mostly I've found just plugging these in and switching to the right input these "just work".

    It might be a little more tricky if you have an older style TV. Many older notebooks had a "composite out" which was usually like an audio connector (RCA type) and was usually coloured yellow (this was often what you had on movie cameras). This would work into a similar connector on the TV or into SCART with the right cable.

    In other words best let us know the model of your notebook and TV or find a friendly small, independent AV store to advise (OK these are rare now and the staff in the big retailers know nothing).
  6. yello

    yello Legendary Member

    It's what I do, and it 'just works'. Though finding a VGA cable became a bit of a surprisingly difficult task! HDMI, no problems but not a VGA! Annoying, because I've binned a few of them over the years.

    I then plug the 'headphones' socket of the laptop into the HiFi and, viola!, home cinema! ;)
  7. threebikesmcginty

    threebikesmcginty Corn Fed Hick...

    ...on the slake
    I wouldn't want to listen to a viola with everything I watch! :biggrin:
  8. yello

    yello Legendary Member

    :sad: :biggrin::laugh: and how embarrassing! of all the typos to make! no excuses, French keyboard as well, but there it is... voilà!!
  9. OP

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    Thank you everyone. I'm ashamed to say it makes very little sense but I shall show the husband when he gets home!! Much appreciated.
  10. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    All depends upon what connectors the TV has and the laptop. The laptop
    may have an s-video out as well.
  11. Sh4rkyBloke

    Sh4rkyBloke Jaffa Cake monster

    Manchester, UK
    ... still think the magnifying glasses would suffice.

    Low tech and old school... that's the way to go! :tongue::biggrin:
  12. buddha

    buddha Veteran

    And remember to turn the screensaver off. Mine usually kicks in when something interesting happens.
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