How to use an analog TV as a computer monitor

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How to use an analog TV as a computer monitor
Convert the VGA port on your computer to a component connection. (vga image by MATTHIEU FABISIAK from

Although computer monitors are typically the go-to device to viewing your computer display, it is possible to hook up outside devices to the computer, including an analogue television. Although analogue televisions do not have the all the same connection ports as a new, digital TV (such as VGA, DVI and HDMI) it is possible, with the help of an adaptor, to directly connect an analogue television as the monitor for a computer.

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Things you need

  • VGA to component cable

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  1. 1

    Attach the VGA cable end of the adaptor onto the "VGA" port on the back of the computer. Hand tighten the small screws along the side of the VGA cable to secure its connection to the computer.

  2. 2

    Plug the three cables of the component connection (red, blue and green) into the "Component In" port on the back of the analogue TV. Make sure the colour of the cables match the same colour as the connection ports.

  3. 3

    Power on the television and the computer display appears on the television. However, because the VGA connection port only provides the video signal from the computer, the audio of the computer does not play through the television.

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