How to Connect a Laptop to an Analog TV

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How to Connect a Laptop to an Analog TV
VGA port on a laptop for hooking up a monitor or TV. (vga image by MATTHIEU FABISIAK from

Hooking up a laptop to an analogue TV is not significantly different from connecting to any other external video device, such as a monitor. The 15-hole video output on the side or back edge of the laptop for connecting a monitor is the same port for hooking up an analogue TV. Connecting the cable to the TV requires an adaptor to convert the signal to an S-video plug that can hook up to the television.

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Things you need

  • VGA (video graphics array) to S-video cable

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  1. 1

    Shut down the laptop and turn off the analogue television.

  2. 2

    Push the 15-pin plug on the adaptor cable into the corresponding VGA port on the laptop and tighten the bolt on each end of the plug.

  3. 3

    Connect the round plug on the other end of the cable to the S-video input on the analogue TV.

  4. 4

    Switch on the laptop and the analogue set.

  5. 5

    Press the function (Fn) key on the laptop along with the numbered F key printed with a small screen icon to change the video output to the analogue TV. The correct F key to use differs among laptop models. Acer laptops use the F6 key for example, and the Sony Vaio laptop uses the F7 key.

  6. 6

    Press the input button on the analogue TV remote control to activate the S-video connection and view content from the laptop.

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