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computer help [Mar. 20th, 2009|01:13 pm]
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we recently cut off our sattelite tv because it was too expensive...i watch all kinds of crap online and figured it shouldn't be too hard to connect the computer to the tv, like use the tv as a monitor, you know? my tv is an old old jvc model with the three prong component inputs. i bought this: http://www.brilliantstore.com/computer_cables_dekcell_cpa_1259.html thinking it was everything i needed, but alas...it doesn't work. i tried plugging it in to different inputs, i tried moving the pegs around, there is even an input on the tv that is red, blue, and green (instead of red yellow and white) but nothing worked. Did I get the wrong cord? Is the cord defective? Am I doing something wrong?

thanks in advance!!

[User Picture]From: sporks5000
2009-03-20 11:13 pm (UTC)

This is probably more what you're looking for. The page says that your video card has to support TV out directly through VGA port functionality, which I personally know nothing about, so it's possible that the cord wouldn't work depending on whether your video card supports this. You'd probably use it with the help of one of these:


But I'm not one hundred percent certain on this. In theory, only the yellow cord caries video data, while the red and white carry audio data. Since VGA (as far as I know) doesn't carry audio data at all, it seems to me like it should just convert it to one yellow cord, so you'd either have to listen to the audio through your PC speakers or buy one of these as well:


I've never shopped from any of the above stores before (except amazon) so I know nothing about their service - I simply looked up what was necessary on google and pasted the first link I could find in here. I'm sure that there's somewhere where you could get all three products at the same time, if your video card does support this function.
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From: aisales
2009-03-20 11:37 pm (UTC)
You may also have to reboot the computer once the cable is plugged into the television. Also, if your computer is a laptop there is probably a key combination to switch between laptop screen and VGA port. It is typically a special key + a number or function key.
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