Connect Your Computer to a TV

To connect your computer to a television, your computer needs to have a video port that matches one of the inputs on your television.VGA, DVI, or component video cables provide the sharpest displays. Composite video and S-Video connections result in displays that are not as sharp.

If your television does not have a VGA or DVI input that matches an output on your computer, you will need to use composite video or S-Video cables. If your computer doesn't have any of these TV-compatible outputs, then you might be able to install a new video card that has the right connection.

1.Turn off your computer and position it within easy reach of your television. Disconnect the monitor, but leave the mouse and keyboard connected.

2.Connect the appropriate video cable from your computer's video port to your television.

3.Turn on your television and set it to the input that matches the video port connected to your computer. You might need to refer to your television's user's guide for instructions on how to do this.

4.Turn on your computer.

You should see Windows displayed on your television.


This is probably the most common method out there currently because just about every TV 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.

DVI stands for Digital Visual Interface. 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.

Using HDMI will give you the best quality by far. You can get a DVI to HDMI cable to connect your computer to your HDTV. HDMI is compatible with DVI.

Scan Converter Box
This takes a VGA signal and converts it into S-Video or component video.