How do I hook up my laptop to my TV?

July 14, 2009 at 12:07:04
Specs: Windows Vista
I have a Dell Inspiron 1420 with Windows Vista and I am trying to hook it up to a TV, using an s-video connection cord.

My TV will show the photo on my desktop, but nothing else. I want to use the TV to watch movies online.

Please help!

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July 14, 2009 at 12:41:36
Your notebook must have a function key such as FN and a monitor out key such as F5. Press them together several times until you see the desktop on your TV set. FN and F5 keys may be different for your notebook. Look at the small pictures on the keys and you will see which keys work for S-video out.

If you want to convey sound as well from your notebook to TV, you must use headphone out from your notebook to S-video sound-in of your TV set. You must use a special cable with one end a 3.5 mm jack and the other end two RCA jacks.



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July 14, 2009 at 14:19:10
If you have the desktop photo showing on tv, it's setup properly for extended desktop, you now need to drag the application you want to view across (beyond the main monitor boundry) untill you can can see it on the tv.
If you want to see the same desktop on the tv, choose clone mode.

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July 14, 2009 at 16:59:33
As it turned out, it was a matter of simply pressing the FN key with the F8 key a couple times before the monitor appeared on the TV screen and the monitor went black.

Only trouble was, the picture expanded beyond the screen. I called my brother and he said to go back to the settings and take it back to a single monitor, that the FN+F8 key would make the picture transfer to the TV screen, and would automatically fit it to the screen. I tried that, and it worked.

Strange because, everywhere I've looked online today said to set up the settings with monitor 2 configured.

It's actually surprisingly easy, now that I have it all figured out.

Thank you both, for your responses. I really do appreciate your help!!!

My hubby and I just watched a movie through netflix on the TV ~ picture quality was perfect!

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