How to plug a Thinkpad into an HDMI TV
September 6, 2006 10:06 AM Subscribe
How do I connect my VGA-only Thinkpad T60 to a French TV with HDMI and YPbPr inputs?
posted by Nelson to Technology (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have a US Thinkpad T60 laptop (ATI X1400 graphics). It only supports VGA output, although with a docking station (that I don't have) it can do DVI. And I have a TV in Paris, a new-looking Phillips LCD HDTV. It has 2 HDMI inputs, an open French 20 pin video connector (the other one is plugged into a LiveBox), and a set of component inputs labelled Y/Pb/Pr. How do I get video out from my laptop to show on the TV?
I believe my options are VGA -> component or DVI -> HDMI, but I don't know enough about how video works to know what that really entails. And I've got no idea at all what, if anything, can be done with the 20 pin input. I do know that Thinkpads tend to be rather lean on video output; there's no S-Video hiding in the VGA pins, for instance. On the other hand the X1400 video card should give some flexibility.
I'm looking to AskMe for two kinds of suggestions. Either a good A/V store in Paris where I can go and look for the parts I need. Or a suggested technical solution for what cabling will make this work. I'm willing to pay a modest amount of money to get this working, up to $150 or so.