Connect Computer to TV?
February 7, 2011 6:55 AM   Subscribe

How do I connect my Dell Inspiron 6000 computer to my Toshiba Cinema Series HD - Model 51HX84 TV to play movies that I have on my computer?
posted by Minos888 to Technology (4 answers total)
Looks like you have an S-Video out port on the laptop. You could connect that to the TV's S-Video In port if it has one. You could get a VGA-to-HDMI adapter. You will need to connect the computer to external speakers as well.
posted by proj at 7:05 AM on February 7, 2011

If you go the svideo route, the
quality isn't likely to be very good.

VGA to HDMI might be tricky, as the tv is probably expecting very specific signal types on that port.
posted by The Lamplighter at 7:41 AM on February 7, 2011

None of the connection methods will be very pretty. Your computer has S-Video and VGA out. Your TV has HDMI, Component, RCA and S-Video in. The easiest connection is a direct S-Video connection, but the resolution won't look very good as it will be 480i resolution.

To get HD resolutions, or something close to it, you will need some type of converter. There is a slim chance that a VGA to HDMI cable will work, but most computer/TV combos never work with these cables. Go for a converter box such as this guy.
posted by Mister Fabulous at 8:42 AM on February 7, 2011

An Xbox 360 canstream movies from your pc to your tv, and wirelessly too. (Well, the xbox needs to be wired, but the pc doesn't.)

While it's expensive as a one-off solution, you may have one lying around or be able to acquire one cheap.
posted by Aquaman at 9:20 AM on February 7, 2011

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