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Laptop to tv?

By fimbles
May 28, 2007
  1. Hello all.

    A freind of mine has a old packard bell laptop that he needs to connect to a tv. To run karaoke in his newly aquired pub! I havnt had a chance to examine his laptop yet, but by the description he has given me it has no vga out? only a 15 pin slot. ( 3 rows of five pins) in a vga size plug, usb slots, and a i.d.e.e slot?????? (this may be a mistake, the letters are scratched off.)

    Ive done a little reasearch but am still confused.

    What is this mystery 15 pin slot? will a usb video card and a vga to s video adaper do the trick? Is there a easier method to this?

    All help will be most appreciated.

    Ty in advance.
     
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    "3 rows of 5 pins in a VGA-size plug"? I can't think of anything else that it could be but a VGA port!

    Please, examine the thing yourself. A USB "video card" would be horribly slow and unsuitable for anything but Powerpoint shows (with very little animations in them).
     
  3. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,276   +153

  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    No, probably not - this is a simple adapter cable. Some computers do support TV output directly through their VGA ports (some Dell laptops?), but this is a proprietary solution. For universal compatibility you need a real signal converter like this: http://www.trianglecables.com/cotovicovgad.html
     
  5. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,276   +153

    Thanks a lot nodsu.
    Your suggestions and comments have been really helpfull!

    Im prety sure this laptop dosent support tv out/ vga . As the owner mentioned this.

    I guess the little box gadget you posted will do the trick fine.

    Ty again for the time and effort you put in to help me out here :)
     
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