|The legacy TV out display you get with a SVideo or legacy composite video RCA connection is relatively crappy looking in comparison to the display on your computer screen, because it is modified to conform to relatively ancient TV video standards that can be used on any TV that has the SVideo or yellow composite video RCA jack. e.g. The vertical refresh rate is unchangeable - it's either 60 Hz or 50 Hz - and the pixels are relatively coarse. Windows text looks crappy, especially when it's small. |
"...if your TV is new enough that it has a has a VGA port - 15 pin holes, flattened D shaped, the same as the one on the back of your laptop, then you can get MUCH better video on the TV from the laptop by using a VGA cable (male both ends) between the laptop and TV VGA ports."
The display will look just as good, or nearly as good, as that on the laptop's built in screen, because when the TV has a VGA port, the TV has the smaller pixels necessary to display like a computer monitor built in.
What the hxxx are you seeing for the display of the laptop on the TV screen then?
Does the desktop screen look normal except it has no icons ?
If so, I've never heard of that.
Or is there nothing on the screen but it's lit up?
(If so, the laptop's display on the TV can probably only be certain standard 4:3 ratio resolutions. E.g. 640 X 480, 800 X 600, 1024 X 768, 1280 X 960. Your laptop apparently has a wide screen display - probably 16:9 or 16:10 display ratio - you can probably set that resolution on the display on the TV in - RIGHT click on a blank part of the default main desktop screen - Properties - Settings - or Advanced in the control panel or Catayst settings - see below. )
Or what ?
The desktop screen for the primary video in Windows is set to show the desktop by default. If the desktop screen looks normal except it has no icons, you may need to find a video setting that enables showing the desktop on the secondary display.
If the screen you see does not look like a normal desktop screen at all,
or in any case,
you can make the displays the same by finding a video setting that makes them the same - e.g. clone or similar - with the exception that a small number of programs will only display on the Windows Primary video display that's in Display Properties . e.g. Power DVD will NOT display DVD video on the Secondary display - the frame the video is supposed to be in is there when it's not in full screen mode, but there is NO video displayed in it.
"Product: Toshiba Satellite m45-s165"
Apparently it may have come with 512mb of ram - is that what yours has ? - the amount shared with the video may be subtracted from that - if so, you could benefit from more ram.
Apparently it's got ATI Mobility Radeon XPRESS 200M onboard video, and first came out in 2005.
Does it still have it's original main battery ? If so, you should replace it - it must be in poor shape by now.
If it still has it's original video drivers and associated software, it either has a control panel for special video settings, or it has a Catalyst version which does the same thing.
When both displays are working....
f it has a control panel.....
RIGHT click on a blank part of the default main desktop screen
Properties - Settings - Advanced - Overlay - Clone mode options button - I think Theater mode is the mode that yields you identical display layouts.
Click on OK, . and whatever at the bottom of each window until you're back at the desktop screen.
If it has a Catalyst version, there will be a tab there for Catalyst - you can either click on that, or click on Catalyst in the All Programs listings (that may be under an ATI .....folder ) and you'll need to find a similar setting.
There is Help you can look at on some of the control panel screens with the red in their tabs, or in the Catalyst screens, if you need to.