How Connect a Laptop to a Plasma TV

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Connecting a laptop to a plasma TV--especially a big plasma TV--could make for some exciting gaming or DVD viewing. Imagine playing your favourite video game or watching a good movie on a friend's plasma TV without having to cart around a video game console or a DVD player. All you have to do is put your laptop in its carrying case and head out for some big-screen entertainment.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Depending on the laptop and the TV, you'll need either an: S-Video cable
  • HDMI cable
  • VGA cable or
  • DVI cable

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Look at the laptop and check for these ports: S-Video (a circular port with either four or seven prongs) HDMI (on newer Dells, "HDMI" will be inscribed above this port) VGA (this port will have an image above it that looks like a monitor)

    You won't have to make connections from the laptop to the TV for all of these ports, but each of these presents an option for making the connection.

  2. 2

    Make sure that at least one of the ports on the laptop is present on the TV.

  3. 3

    Purchase the cord(s) you need from an electronics store (normally, neither the laptop nor the TV will come with cords that are used especially for this purpose).

  4. 4

    Once you have your cords, the laptop and the TV together, plug one end of a cord into the appropriate port on the laptop and the other end in the appropriate port on the TV.

  5. 5

    Turn on the laptop and the TV. Change the source of the TV to the type of cable you used to connect the laptop to it. For instance, if you used the S-Video cable, select "S-video" on the TV's "Source" menu. Your TV should then display everything that appears on your laptop.

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