How to Connect an Acer Aspire Notebook to a TV

Updated February 21, 2017

An Acer Aspire notebook is equipped with a VGA (Video Graphics Array) port on the left edge for connecting an external monitor. When hooked up, the monitor can be used to display a larger version of the Acer screen or a separate display. This same VGA connection can also be used to hook up a TV to the Acer. Few TV sets are equipped with a VGA port, so the connection will require an adaptor to convert the VGA cable into an S-video or composite video cable that can be hooked up to a TV.

Push a VGA cable onto the VGA port on the left edge of the Acer laptop with the wider end of the plug facing upward. The port on the laptop does not have screw holes for the locking bolts on many VGA plugs, so disregard the threaded bolt on each side of the VGA plug.

Plug the other end of the VGA cable into the matching port on the adaptor.

Connect an S-video or composite video cable to the matching socket on the adaptor. Choosing which cable to use depends on the connections on the TV. If the TV has a round S-video socket with four holes in the centre, use S-video for a better picture. Use the round, yellow composite video cable if S-video is not available.

Plug the other end of the video cable into the corresponding socket on the back of the TV.


Unplug the TV from the electrical outlet while connecting video cables to the computer.

Things You'll Need

  • VGA cable
  • VGA to S-video or composite video adaptor
  • S-video or composite video cable
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James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.