Toshiba Laptop to Toshiba LCD HDTV as primary monitor

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dizzydean

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I wonder if there are any Techheads out there looking for a challenge?

I have a new Toshiba LCD HDTV that I want to use as the primary and only monitor for my Toshiba Satellite laptop.

I want to eliminate the laptops screen altogether.

I would like to know if there exists a connector or some other way to connect my laptops ribbon cable output to a VGA output and then to the HDTV via a VGA cable; or if there is a better way to go?

The screen on this 4year old laptop got cracked so I have to spend at least $75.00 for parts alone and if I go that way I might as well buy another laptop, or use a desktop with a wireless keyboard which will cost more than $100.00 to set up.

Besides, this seems like a kinda cool fix so if anyone has any bright Ideas, please respond.
Thanks
 

cwwozniak

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Hi and welcome to TSG

my laptops ribbon cable output
Are you talking about the laptop's internal cable that connects the motherboard to the built-in LCD panel or some other kind of output connector on the outside of the laptop?

If you are talking about the internal cable, there is probably no easy way to convert the signals on the cable to any kind of VGA compatible signals and timing. Exactly what kind of built-in video outputs are included on the laptop?
 

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Whats the Exact Model of the Machine - If it has a VGA connector , just use that - one of the F keys and the FN keys will toggle the output to the VGA only

I will move to hardware forum
 

dizzydean

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I have a Toshiba A15-S127. Are you saying that one of the F keys will toggle the task bar and the Icons to the VGA out put?
 

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one of the F keys will toggle the display - so what ever is on the screen - taskbar, icons every thing and work as a monitor - with the exception, i think , that it will not display the startup so windows needs to be running first - I think thats the case , but on one of my old HP machines I seem to remember it also doing the startup
 
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