Five Ways Of Connecting your Computer To Your TV Set

[ 0 ] December 22, 2013 |

Most people prefer watching Movies, TV shows, sports etc on a television set rather than on the PC ot laptop screen. Your computer’s graphic card adapter should be equipped with a TV-out feature that allows you to plug your PC or laptop to your input of your TV or DVD/VCR player.

The computer or laptop TV-out socket comes either in the form of S-Video. Newer PC/laptop graphics cards may come with a VGA (out) or DVI cable set up which would make for a much better quality of video than using a S-video cable set up. If your computer’s graphics card has none of the above options then you can use a scan converter box which will send the signal from your computer to the converter box, then transfer to your TV. Our advise is that since the price of newer graphics cards are very inexpensive, then we would suggest to replace your graphics card instead of buying a scan converter box which is probably the same price or more than a new graphics card.Listed below are some ways you can achieve this:

Option 1
S-Video – This is probably the most common method out there currently because an S-Video cable is cheap as heck and just about every TV under the sun has a S-Video port. You’ll have to make sure your PC or laptop is equipped with this port. Remember, there are two types of S-Video cables: 4-pin and 7-pin. Most PCs and laptops are equipped with a 7-pin port, so if your TV only has a 4-pin S-Video port, then this method will not work.

 

Option 2
 VGA – If you have a HDTV, then you will be better off connecting using a VGA cable. It gives much better quality than S-Video and as with S-Video, the cable is very cheap. You usually won’t find a VGA port on regular TV’s though, so this option is if you have an HDTV.


Option 3
 DVI – DVI stands for Digital Visual Interface with “digital” being the key word there. The digital signal will give a higher quality picture than either S-Video or VGA. Of course, your computer will need to have a DVI connection and your TV will need to be an HDTV. This cord is definitely not cheap, it ranges anywhere from $40 to $80.

 

Option 4
 HDMI – Using HDMI will give you the best quality by far. No computers that we know of yet have HDMI ports, but you can get a DVI to HDMI cable to connect it to your HDTV. HDMI is compatible with DVI.

 

Option 5
 Scan Converter Box – This is the last method which would be an option for older computers with older graphics cards. This involves using a scan converter box, which takes a VGA signal and converts it into S-Video or component video.

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