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How to Connect a Laptop to an Analog TV

Updated February 21, 2017

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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  1. Shut down the laptop and turn off the analogue television.

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

  4. Switch on the laptop and the analogue set.

  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. 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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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

James Clark

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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