View Full Version : Laptop to analogue TV interface

08-04-2009, 09:41 AM

I have been after a way to connect my laptop to an analogue TV to show movies etc. My laptop is an HP DV5 and has an HDMI port but I guess that's by the by for analogue displays. I bought a $6 VGA to RCA/S-Video cable of Trademe but haven't had any luck with that. I assumed my Nvidia 9600M GT would support TV out as it discusses it in the manual but i haven't been able to configure the options to get a useable image yet.

Just wondering how others get around this or what ideas you have? The TV in question by the way is a reasonably old Philips that only has RCA inputs so I guess that rules out S-Video.



08-04-2009, 09:52 AM
I've found that VGA to RCA/S-Vide only works occasionally, rarely works

I got it working with my mini HTPC with a bit of twinkering, but I've found the easiest solution is a scan converter:

Expensive, but guranteed it'll work on any TV and PC/Laptop.

Supports resolutions up to 720p so isn't bad quality either


08-04-2009, 03:23 PM
+1 for Blam's comment. Have found exactly the same thing.

09-04-2009, 03:38 PM
ah you got conned, that is only a passive adaptor, you'll need an active adaptor with usually a big box in between the VGA and TV plug (that or you get an old school compaq armada with a composite out port or a laptop with Svideo)