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Problems connecting laptop to TV

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by chris_in_la, Sep 2, 2004.

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  1. chris_in_la

    chris_in_la Thread Starter

    Jul 28, 2004
    I am trying to use the s-video output on my laptop to connect to a television for the purpose of a casual presentation in my mom's living room. So far I have succeeded in getting the video signal to the TV by running from the s-video output to an RF Modulator, and then by a coaxial cable to the TV. Unfortunately I'm having the following problems:

    1. The picture is not very clear on the TV. Words are blurry and it's very difficult to navigate windows because I can't really read anything. The powerpoint presentation is legible, but only for the really large text, and that isn't especially nice looking. Is there anything I can do here? I've already tried changing the screen resolution to the lowest, but that only helps a little.

    2. There's no sound at all coming through. But the s-video connection should have sound too, shouldn't it? Is there a place I have to go to re-route the sound from the computer speakers to the s-video connection?

    Your help is appreciated!
  2. kiwiguy


    Aug 17, 2003
    S-Video is VIDEO, exactly as the name suggests.

    Sound is from the Line Out on your PC into the AV on the TV, its not contained in the video stream. If the RF modulator has sound input it can go there, but it may not.

    TV Out is low quality as you have found. Thats why TV sets are so much cheaper than Computer monitors even though there is more involved (tuners etc). The screen resolution makes them almost unuseable for text based presentations.
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