How to connect computer to your TV

Here are some basic steps and ways on how to connect your computer or laptop) on TV.

1. Identify connections to the TV

Most TVs these days have three basic types of inputs. Those are: coaxial cable input, the same as the cable or satellite box, RCA composite input (the yellow, red and white input) and S-video connector. Newer televisions might have Component Video, DVI, VGA and HDMI inputs, but those listed above are the most common.

2. Identify the computer output

Recently, computer manufacturers add a compatible TV output on your products so it is quite possible that on your computer you already have a built-in output for TV connection. S-video connector seems best; therefore believe that it is just that you need. Online stores with S-video cable are becoming more common. A newer multimedia computers will probably have all high definition outputs to connect directly to your HDTV, but for now we will deal with what most people have on your computer and on TV.

3. Find the appropriate adapter for your connection.

You may need a proper adapter to connect the computer to the TV. If you have an HDTV, you may need a component cable for VGA. This VGA to component cable connects the PC with HDTV and acts as a converter. “PC to TV” port has a VGA adapter on one end and (usually) range of connectors on the other end (S-video, RCA composite and component). It can be a good thing because you can connect the TV to the TV and you’ll be able to connect your computer to the TV all at once.

4. Connecting a computer to a TV

If you have a TV output that is compatible with your computer, such as S-video port, then you need to just take an S-video cable and connect it to your computer or TV. If not, then you will definitely need a VGA to S-video cable or component cable for VGA.
Attach the VGA end of your adapter to the computer and use the RCA, S-video or component video cable to connect to the TV. Once you have made all the connections, make sure you include the correct TV video input. Press the input button on your TV and wait for the signal from your computer.

5. How to connect a computer to the TV?

Now we come to the part where it might be a little disappointed while connecting your computer to the TV. Your TV has a video signal is PAL. This signal is different from the signal generated by the computer. Computers use signals measured in pixels: 320×200, 320×240, 640×480, 800×600, 1024×768, 1280×1024 or 1600×1200. Most TV’s can only get about 500 lines of resolution, which is in the computer as 500 vertical pixels. Video Amplifier television cannot handle higher resolutions. So, as a factor of these facts you can get a maximum resolution of 640×480.

It is not the worst thing in the world, because even so, when you connect your computer to the TV you can play games and watch video in lower resolutions with no problem. It is only proof that your TV can never provide the kind of resolution quality that your computer monitor provides you. Beware that some computers with TV adapter manufacturers claim that they can provide you more than 640×480 resolutions, but all they do is reduce the quality of the original TV signal.