How to hook up a HDMI laptop to a RCA tv

January 7, 2011 at 21:52:40
Specs: Windows 7

I have a Alienware with windows 7 and a ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870. Im trying to hook up my laptop to my TV that has only RCA plugs. So i bought this cable that goes from HDMI to 5 RCA (has yellow red white green and blue plugs) I plug in the yellow to see if i can get a picture I got nothing but a black screen. Can someone guide me into the right direction please thanks

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January 7, 2011 at 23:50:42

That setup would not work. You would actually need to pick up a converter box to convert the digital signal from your laptop to an analog signal to your tv. Look for hdmi to composite rca converter box.

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January 7, 2011 at 23:55:39

Depending upon the condition of the TV, it may be more cost effective to get a new LCD tv.

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January 8, 2011 at 07:09:06

Did you change the input setting on your TV? Did you lower the screen resolution on the laptop?

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January 8, 2011 at 07:17:04

Its kinda new tv...only like 3-4 years I know thats a long time in technology years. I thought it would really work. I didnt changed the screen resolutiion

OKay than I keep trying something maybe others might have other ideas thanks everyone so far

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January 8, 2011 at 08:43:12

That is an HDMI to component cable. You need to have a component input on your TV for it to work. The yellow, blue and green are video signals. The red and white are the left and right audio signals.

If you have a single RCA video input on your TV, then you need an HDMI to composite cable. It will have three connectors. Yellow for video and red and white for audio.

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January 8, 2011 at 10:32:15

Okay I looked and Yes the tv do have the component input within the outlined box are colors red white than to the left are green,blue, and another red...the only yellow one i see is in the video input box.

I tried hooking up the yellow in the video input and the green,blue,white and red in the component box. i put the tv on component and still nothing.

I switch the laptop off and back on and it still didnt pick up my tv.

Any more idea thanks for your help so far.

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