Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by awns729, Jun 15, 2008.
In general, computers don't speak the same "language" over component cables that DVD players and TVs do. There are video cards that can output a component signal in the format that a TV will understand, but the question is whether your laptop has that capability. If it doesn't, you'll need a device like this that can translate:
my laptop has hdmi
perhaps you should consider getting a better laptop.
If your HDTV has a VGA port then get a VGA->VGA cable.
But I don't think that cable will be a problem
depends on the tv. VGA is really RGBHV. Component is really YCbCr. They are not directly compatible.
Some cards are able to ouput a signal that some tvs can decode.
It doesn't work 100% of the time with 100% of configs. It's all luck of the draw.
hm i'd rather not spend that much lol. is there any software that could take care of this for me?
or, if i were to lug my desktop w/ nvidia geforce 6800 to the other room/downstairs, would this be able to output the correct way to display on a TV? it has special home theater drivers or something that i installed from the gpu driver CD.
yeah, sure if you wanna pay for it lol
i already have the cable. I tried it on two tvs and i get a really strange picture, it shows my desktop but unbelievably distorted, not even close to anything it should be. i'll post pics tomorrow.
wolf, nah they're HDTVs from like 4-6 years ago. They don't even have HDMI lol.
thats because your computer is outputting RGBHV, and that cable is taking the RGB is is probably completely leaving out the HV. So the TV has no horizontal/vertical sync signals. The TV is expecting YCbCr.
You can get a scan converter.... but if you're gonna do that, you'd be better off getting a better video card that supports tv-out, imo.