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connecting to exterrnal tv

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by alloutofgas, Feb 20, 2013.

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  1. alloutofgas

    alloutofgas Thread Starter

    Apr 13, 2008

    Don't know if this can be done but I have a laptop running vista ultimate and want to connect to an old style (CRT) tv. The tv just has a scart input sockect. The laptop has various ports so am planning to take audio from the headphone jack and the video from the S-Video socket. I have the necessary leads and an adapter that takes the S-Video and L/R audio on one side and outputs to a scart on the other.

    However no luck when trying so far and don't even know if the S-Video is outputing anything. The laptop dosen't seem to recognise that it is plugged into another monitor so gives me no choices to make. Found something on the net that talked about connecting to a projector but the steps given only partly seemed to exist in vista.

    Any help would be great. Thanks
  2. cwwozniak

    cwwozniak Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    Nov 28, 2005
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    A few things to check ...

    Check the specifications of the TV to see if it supports S-Video (chrominance and luminance signals) as an input and if you need to manually switch the TV to use those video input signals.

    Make sure that your adapter is wired to feed the S-Video connecter to the chrominance and luminance signal inputs of the SCART connector and not the chrominance and luminance signal outputs from the TV. Some adapters may use a single S-Video connector and manual switch to change it between input and output.

    Check you laptop settings to make sure it is outputting an S-Video signal and in the correct format (NTSC, PAL, SECAM, etc.) for your TV. In some cases enabling the S-Video output may be as simple as using a video output toggle key on the laptop
  3. Oddba11


    May 12, 2011
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    Are you sure the connector on the laptop is actually an S-Video port? I've not seen a laptop with a S-Video output.
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