Solved USB to RV/RCA (Red, Yellow, and White plug) and the TV.

June 5, 2014 at 17:49:39
Specs: Windows 7/ Windows XP, 2gb / 500 mb
My mother just got a used laptop from my sister and what came with it was a great deal of home movies. She really would like to see the movies but she is complaining about the small laptop screen and as her television only has an AV port (nothing really newer) I bought her a USB to RV cord.

However, even after trying the connection on my own pc, nothing was autoinstalled and the television even on the right setting shows nothing. If there is a driver for this connection as I believe that that is the problem, where can I find it.

She is on a Windows XP while I am on Windows 8 and both PCs are having the same conflict. Please help, I checked all the cables and they are correctly installed (I checked three times to be honest.) and I truly believe that a lack of drivers for the USB is the cause.

Please, if drivers for just simple cords exist since one end is an USB one, where can I find the drivers. To finish, these cords came in the mail and there is no name from either the company or the cords so I can't really look at the manufacturing site.

Thank you in advance.


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#1
June 5, 2014 at 18:00:36
The cord you are referring to is a composite cord. Yellow is for the video signal and red & white are for left and right channel audio.

You need to be a little more specific about what you have vs. what you need, RV and AV don't really mean anything. If you could describe the video output options on the laptop as well as the video input options on the TV it would help much better. You can just describe the plug types and we can probably figure out what you need.

Pretty much all laptops will have a VGA output which has a 15 pin socket, just like the ones you see running from a desktop computer to a monitor. Older laptops might also have a composite output which would be a single yellow RCA jack on the back. Newer laptops might have an HDMI connection on the back. There are also USB to video/audio output devices available but it will depend on what type of input is on the TV.

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June 5, 2014 at 22:29:54
I guess that's the thing, I am pretty good at using a PC but my mom who I am trying to help over the phone is rather stupid when it comes to one. I knew it was a composite beforehand but after reading about the types of cords, I found a spot calling it a RV cord and try as I might, I didn't see Composite on my computer and I no longer use a VCR to use one there.

On the other hand, she has a VCR but my question still remains, should I find a driver or would it just work though? Once again though, thank you for your comment.


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#3
June 6, 2014 at 05:46:23
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You're not talking about one of these things, are you? Those are for cameras, with special, non-standard wiring. They detect an RCA connection, and put out RCA signals instead of establishing a USB data connection. PCs do not have similar circuitry.

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#4
June 6, 2014 at 12:44:51
Yes I was honestly. I was thinking it would work as a bridge between my mom's old television and with a driver it may work is all. If it won't work, even in an ugly format, please let me know. I don't mind buying an additional adaptor within reason and if there were a different way that is somewhat reasonable, I would try it instead.

It is just that my mom's Windows XP computer and older tv doesn't have many options is all. Any suggestions would be preferable.


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#5
June 6, 2014 at 13:25:11
What make and model is the laptop - it may facilitate a suitable solution if we know that here...?

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#6
June 6, 2014 at 13:25:22
Hard to give suggestions when I don't know the connectors of the laptop / TV. The almost guaranteed to work method would be to buy a VGA to RCA adapter for $2. Then you'd need a 3.5mm Stereo to RCA for $0.50. So you're looking at $2.50 + S&H + RCA cables.

Personally, I'd check the laptop's ports, and see what's available. There might be a simpler/cheaper way to do this.

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#7
June 7, 2014 at 00:11:29
As someone who studied how PC's work in great detail, I truly wish I could give you this information but I have yet to really see the laptop. I saw it two weeks ago for just a few minutes JUST to show my mom how to connect a USB hard drive but that is all the information I have.

I don't even know who made either the flat screen television or the laptop at this time but as you can tell from the cords I mentioned above, I am trying all that I can do while shooting in the dark. Believe me, my pc that I am writing on right now is easily connected to both my monitor and my television without a problem. I just wish I had more information instead of blindly buying possibly unneeded cords.

At this time, I know she has a USB drive as she can use the USB Hard Drive and I figured even her VCR would have the three composite cords but that's all that I know at this time...I am sorry for that.


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#8
June 7, 2014 at 04:36:41
You might try getting the make and model from her, and looking up their available ports. TVs usually have the manufacturer on the front of the unit, and the model somewhere in the on-screen menus. If she can't tell you anything about the laptop, you could have her try the following command:
wmic csproduct get /format:list

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#9
June 7, 2014 at 06:42:02
Many older laptops used to have the model or series name somewhere visible on the front; and on the base stick the full model details.

Similarly just about all tv sets, (colour crt and upwards) will have a plate or label with make and model on the back of the main frame/housing, or on the removable back/cover. Perhaps you can encourage your "Mum" to look for both on both laptop and tv?


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