Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/179392/beginner-geek-how-to-connect-a-laptop-to-a-television/
Hooking up a desktop computer to a monitor is simple, you just plug it in and it works. Connecting a laptop to a television should be just as easy, right? Well, not always. Read on as we explain several ways to hook up a laptop to your TV.
My old TV only has the round white, red, and yellow inputs (whatever its called). What I need is an adapter that will convert from HDMI or VGA to those inputs. Is it possible and how good will the audio/video quality be?
I think that's called composite cable.
I never found a composite to VGA or HDMI cable; if you do, please tell me where. It'll be awesome to play games on my grandma's old 35-incher.
You should not have a problem going from the composite (I just call it rca) cable to vga. Both are analog. You will have trouble going from rca to hdmi though. HDMI is digital, so the signal that passes over the cables is different. It is more than just the plug being different.
The first time I connected my laptop to my TV via HDMI, I had to go into Windows sound settings to set HDMI as the default sound device. It works well after that. You may disconnect and reconnect the HDMI cable multiple times and if the Default (HDMI) is not available for sound it will play on the laptop sound card (speakers).
I used to connect that way, but you'll need to use an ATI all in wonder card.It had enough connections to connect it to anything. Just a thought.
They're around. I have had 4 or 5 over the years... they generally look like carp, though, and text will NOT be readable. It's okay for watching video, but forget about it for gaming.
Here's one: http://www.amazon.com/Lenkeng-104724-Monoprice-VGA-RCA/dp/B001CJOLBW/ref=pd_sim_e_1
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