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How to Connect an Acer Laptop to a TV

Updated February 21, 2017

Acer laptops feature a VGA (video graphics array) output port for hooking up an external computer monitor. This same port can also be used to connect a television, even if the TV does not have a VGA jack, by connecting an adaptor to change the VGA connection into an S-video connection commonly found on TV sets. No software is needed. A hotkey combination changes the output on the Acer screen to output on the connected TV screen.

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  1. Insert the four-sided plug on one end of the adaptor cable into the Acer's VGA port on the left edge of the laptop.

  2. Plug in one end of the S-video cable to the matching jack on the other end of the adaptor and connect the opposite S-video plug on the cable to the video input jack on the back of the TV.

  3. Turn on the laptop and the TV.

  4. Press the "Fn" key together with the "F5" key on the Acer keyboard to shut off the laptop monitor and turn on the VGA output to send video to the TV. Press both keys once more to view the TV and laptop at the same time. Pressing the keys a third time shuts off the VGA output and restores video to the Acer laptop screen only.

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Things You'll Need

  • VGA to S-video adaptor

About the Author

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.

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