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Poppa John
11-03-2010, 06:05 PM
Hi All.

Can I connect a Toshiba laptop to the big TV & use that instead of the laptop screen? Either Wirelecc or hard connect.

If Yes, How so? Thanks. PJ

robjg63
11-03-2010, 06:42 PM
You might find it usefull to tell everyone what model of TV and laptop you have got...

But if the TV has a d-sub input (DB9) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dsub
and the Laptop has the video out socket with the same sort of plug then it should just be a matter of getting a male-male DB9 cable - connect the TV to the laptop (Probably best to connect with both items powered off) then away you go.

You would need to check that the TV will handle the resolution from the laptop ok though (ie the desktop size) before trying this though. Most modern TVs (I assume we are talking LCD/plasma) will work as a display ok - but I gathered you could damage some of the older ones by putting the wrong resolution out to the display.

The other thing (once its hooked up and powered on) is to work out which of the function keys at the top of the keyboard makes the laptop output picture to the secondary display. (fn + f5 maybe - depends on the laptop)

Agent_24
11-03-2010, 07:21 PM
You won't be able to connect with wireless unless your laptop has a TV transmitter built in, or is connected to one (and I think that is highly unlikely!)

If you laptop has TV-Out, and your TV has Composite, S-Video etc and you can connect them all up then it will be fine.

If you laptop doesn't have TV-Out, but the TV has computer in (like VGA, DVI or HDMI) and your laptop supports 1 or all of these, then you should be fine.

Just a matter of plugging the right cable into the right port and configuring the software on the laptop and the settings on the TV correctly.

Poppa John
11-03-2010, 08:13 PM
Sorry, wasn't thinking.

Toshiba Satellite.L500d. Has a DF-15F 9According to wikipedia.

The TV is a panasonic TX...long number but is not LCD, is CRT? Has no D in/outlets just lots of coloured RC sockets. PJ

Speedy Gonzales
11-03-2010, 08:22 PM
You'll need RCA cables then, and whatever kind of connection is on the laptop adapter

Agent_24
11-03-2010, 08:22 PM
Most laptops have a VGA connector (the DF-15F) for an external monitor - but some also have TV Outputs as well.

If it does, it will most likely have S-Video.

Does your laptop have anything like in the picture I've attached?

Speedy Gonzales
11-03-2010, 08:28 PM
Is it the 16-M , or the 16-L? It looks like the M and L have an ATI HD 4570. And may have HDMI on it only

Poppa John
11-03-2010, 08:38 PM
Is it the 16-M , or the 16-L? It looks like the M and L have an ATI HD 4570. And may have HDMI on it only

L500D. I don't know what the other numbers there mean. PJ

Speedy Gonzales
11-03-2010, 08:48 PM
Yup both the L and M are LD500D's. LD500D-16L and LD500D-16M. According to the toshiba site. The M is 320 the L 500 GB

Poppa John
11-03-2010, 08:55 PM
Most laptops have a VGA connector (the DF-15F) for an external monitor - but some also have TV Outputs as well.

If it does, it will most likely have S-Video.

Does your laptop have anything like in the picture I've attached?


No. PJ

Poppa John
11-03-2010, 08:56 PM
Yup both the L and M are LD500D's. LD500D-16L and LD500D-16M. According to the toshiba site. The M is 320 the L 500 GB

Odd. It says L500D but has a 320GB hd. PJ

Speedy Gonzales
11-03-2010, 09:02 PM
Sounds like the LD500-16M then, which by the looks of it has HDMI on it. Does the video connection on it look like this ?? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hdmi)

Poppa John
11-03-2010, 09:10 PM
Sounds like the LD500-16M then, which by the looks of it has HDMI on it. Does the video connection on it look like this ?? (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hdmi)

Nothing like that.PJ

Speedy Gonzales
11-03-2010, 09:11 PM
Is it like the pic Agent posted then?

Poppa John
11-03-2010, 09:12 PM
Is it like the pic Agent posted then?

No. PJ

Speedy Gonzales
11-03-2010, 09:15 PM
So what kind of connection does it have?? We need to know, so we can find out if you can connect it to the TV

Poppa John
11-03-2010, 09:16 PM
Sorry. Shutting down. Too tired to think PJ

Agent_24
11-03-2010, 10:37 PM
If your laptop has no TV-Out function, you can buy a converter such as:

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Cables-adaptors/Monitor/auction-275761555.htm

zqwerty
12-03-2010, 12:51 AM
I have a Toshiba 2000TE laptop and I use it very often to show movies on a tv.

Here are pictures showing the method.

Note that it is an RCA video connector which is the usual connection to older type crt tv's etc, normally yellow as opposed to red and black or white for the audio stereo.

I just plug the RCA cord into the tv connectors making sure that it is active and then hold down Fn and repeatedly press F5 until it is working. Note that there is a time lag and sometimes I have several tries before I get it right.

Poppa John
12-03-2010, 09:51 AM
I have a Toshiba 2000TE laptop and I use it very often to show movies on a tv.

Here are pictures showing the method.

Note that it is an RCA video connector which is the usual connection to older type crt tv's etc, normally yellow as opposed to red and black or white for the audio stereo.

I just plug the RCA cord into the tv connectors making sure that it is active and then hold down Fn and repeatedly press F5 until it is working. Note that there is a time lag and sometimes I have several tries before I get it right.

Not that either. cannot see any outlet with a TV type mark near it. There IS that 15 pin socket. PJ

Poppa John
12-03-2010, 09:53 AM
If your laptop has no TV-Out function, you can buy a converter such as:

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Computers/Cables-adaptors/Monitor/auction-275761555.htm

Will check for one of thoes convertors next time we are near Dick Smith or Harvey Norman. PJ

Agent_24
12-03-2010, 10:02 AM
You can probably get them at retail stores but they will be more expensive than that one on TradeMe

Poppa John
12-03-2010, 11:39 AM
You can probably get them at retail stores but they will be more expensive than that one on TradeMe

Noted Thanks. PJ

Agent_24
12-03-2010, 12:53 PM
Then again, they may be better quality...