How to Activate S-Video on Acer Laptop

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How to Activate S-Video on Acer Laptop
S-video socket found on many TV sets. (s-video image by MATTHIEU FABISIAK from

Acer laptops equipped with an S-video port can be connected in seconds to a TV for viewing computer content on the bigger screen. A standard S-video cable connects the two devices. Once hooked up, pressing a key sequence switches the Acer display output from the laptop screen to the connected TV or enables both to be viewed at the same time. These "hotkeys" work in tandem with the Acer's function key to change display output.

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  • S-video cable

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  1. 1

    Connect the S-video cable from the socket on the edge of the Acer laptop to the socket on the back panel of the TV, lining up the pins in the plugs with the holes in the sockets.

  2. 2

    Press and hold the "Fn" (function) key on the Acer laptop. The Fn key is the second from the left key along the bottom row of the keyboard.

  3. 3

    Press the "F3" key once to activate the S-video output and send a video signal to the TV. Press the key again to display both the Acer screen and the TV. Press a third time to return to the Acer screen only.

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