How to Connect a PC to a CRT TV

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How to Connect a PC to a CRT TV
Connect your PC to your TV through DVI ports. (connectique pc image by Richard villalon from Fotolia.com)

You do not need a flat screen TV to connect your computer to your TV screen. A CRT TV is the box style TV that was common before flat screens. CRT TVs can be connected to display your computer's output. There are different ways of getting this done based on the connection options your TV has. Your CRT TV can be connected to your PC through either an S cable, VGA cable or a DVI cable. The DVI is the preferred method as it will produce the best picture.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • S video cable
  • 3.5mm to RCA audio cable
  • VGA cable
  • DVI cable

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Connect an S video cable from the back of your computer to the back of your TV. The S video cable will transfer the video signal from your computer to your TV but, if you wish to transfer the audio out from your computer to play from the speakers of your TV, you will need to connect a 3.5mm to RCA audio cable. Plug the one-headed black end of the cable into your computer's audio-out port and plug the red and white male plugs into your TV audio-in ports.

  2. 2

    Connect one end of the VGA cable to the back of the computer and plug the other end into the back of the TV. This will only transfer the video from the computer to the TV set and not the audio. To transfer the audio from the computer to the TV you will need to connect a 3.5mm to RCA audio cable. Plug the one-headed black end into your computer's audio-out port and plug the red and white male plugs into your TV audio-in ports.

  3. 3

    Hook one end of the DVI cable to the back of the computer and hook the other end to the back of the TV. The DVI cable will transfer both audio and video from the computer to the TV set.

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