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Old 06-30-2009, 11:30 AM   #1
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I get into some extensive research with my laptop while sitting in my recliner in a cool, back bedroom. Just me, relaxing, doing my research, having to watch the screen for as long as 30-45 minutes at the time. The screen on the laptop seems to get smaller and smaller. There is a 25" (or so) TV mounted on the wall at a comfortable angle to view. Is there a way that what I am viewing on the laptop can be sent out to view on this TV screen? Maybe some type of software program to buy, or what? Thanks, David

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Do you have a video out plug on the back of the laptop?


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Research? Uh, ok.
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Ha ha Jerry.

Yes, it is incredibly easy. Your TV more than likely has a VGA input just like the VGA output Dave showed in his picture. It might even have a DVI input which looks similar to the blue VGA connection except it is white and is wider and will provide a better picture. All you need is a long cable that connects both VGAs or DVIs to each other.
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Old 06-30-2009, 05:07 PM   #7
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Dave, Yes the laptop has the video out plug as in the picture. The TV does not have one of these. On the front of the TV there are the white/yellow/red "RCA(?) input connections, and on the back there are a lot of these RCA type connections, including a blue one and a green one. Research? Yep, I'm studying to be a Surgical Tech. By doing school and home studies, I could possibly do this in one year. Part of my studies involves watching real time, actual online operations. A local Dr. has offered me somewhat of a "scholarship" to do this as I have such an interest in Orthopedic and Sports Medicine. I will work for him both in the OR and office. My second career. I was a machinist/maintenance tech for 38 years, have been retired for 4 years and now am going out again to fulfill my old dream job. Shame on you jerryh3 ! I'll go look into the proper cables. Thanks, David
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Dave, Yes the laptop has the video out plug as in the picture. The TV does not have one of these. On the front of the TV there are the white/yellow/red "RCA(?) input connections, and on the back there are a lot of these RCA type connections, including a blue one and a green one. Research? Yep, I'm studying to be a Surgical Tech. By doing school and home studies, I could possibly do this in one year. Part of my studies involves watching real time, actual online operations. A local Dr. has offered me somewhat of a "scholarship" to do this as I have such an interest in Orthopedic and Sports Medicine. I will work for him both in the OR and office. My second career. I was a machinist/maintenance tech for 38 years, have been retired for 4 years and now am going out again to fulfill my old dream job. Shame on you jerryh3 ! I'll go look into the proper cables. Thanks, David
Ok. That sounds legit. If your tv doesn't have an VGA or DVI input you can buy a converter like this.
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
BTW, my wife has B.S. in Kinesiology so I'm familiar with the sports medicine programs.

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Thanks for the info Jerry, I'll take that with me when I go shopping for what I need. Let's all agree that we are here to seek and give information as needed. Jerry was poking a little fun, and it was not offensive, not to me. I appreciate all who took the time to read and post an answer. IF we all just sat back, didn't read or answer anything, it would certainly be a dull life for us. Thanks, David
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My laptop has an 'S' video output jack (a HP Pavilion) and I can plug this into the 'S' video jack on my LCD TV.
Only there is no sound with S video, so audio cables must be run. This is also true of the VGA jack mentioned earlier.
Of course, the computer sound can be used but the quality isn't there.
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Well it's not like you need great sound quality when you're...uh...."researching".
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i think almost all laptops have S-video output...mine got one.. as well as the graphics output
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Forgot about this posting. I have the problem solved now. While visiting my sister near Atlanta I went into a Best Buy, talked to someone who actually looked at me when I explained my problem and said the magic words: "This is all you will need". I had a drawing of the back of the TV with all of the possible ports and she (yes-she) handed me a cable which plugs into the laptop and the TV. Just set the TV to something like "Video Input" and there is what I want to view on the TV screen/monitor. Try comparing an gall bladder on the laptop screen to the one on the TV screen, much better view. Yea, I know, to each his own. Thanks, David
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Yes, those females are really helpful. Ever since we started letting them go to school they have become valuable members of the workforce.

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