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    Question Getting Video from Old Laptop to New TV?

    I have an old HP (Compaq) laptop with the following video outputs:

    * VGA and
    * S-video,

    and a new Samsung TV with the following video inputs:

    * Component (PrPbY),
    * HDMI,
    * DisplayPort and,
    * SCART (through an adaptor cable the can be plugged into the DisplayPort).

    Is there any way I can get video from my laptop onto the TV without a converter box?

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    Re: Getting Video from Old Laptop to New TV?

    You can get a VGA to HDMI cable but I doubt that it would work very well...

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    Re: Getting Video from Old Laptop to New TV?

    Yeah, I've seen VGA-to-HDMI cables advertised, but I've read that the you still need a converter.

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    Re: Getting Video from Old Laptop to New TV?

    If you're talking about a video file, rather than actually putting what is on your laptop monitor on the TV, there are a few options. Most new TVs have USB ports, so you could put the video on a memory stick.

    If it's a smart TV connected to your LAN, you could set up a DLNA server on your laptop (I would recommend ps3mediaserver for its simplicity). I do this to stream from my netbook to my PS3.
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    Re: Getting Video from Old Laptop to New TV?

    I had in mind a live feed from the laptop monitor rather than a video file. But, it would be good to get the TV's DLNA function working for streaming, so I'll look into ps3mediaservier. Thanks!

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    Re: Getting Video from Old Laptop to New TV?

    I think you'd have better success with a VGA to component video cable like this one. Both VGA and component video use analog signals avoiding any need to convert from analog to digital as in the case of HDMI.

    You'll need a separate cable for the audio of course.
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    Re: Getting Video from Old Laptop to New TV?

    Thank you for pointing that out, but reading the reviews of that cable makes me think it won't work for my purposes. It seems to provide RGB rather than component (PrPbY) signals to the RCA plugs.

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    Re: Getting Video from Old Laptop to New TV?

    A quick search suggests there are a few S-Video to component converters, but your resolutions would be so limited that I doubt it would be worthwhile. I think S-Video maxes out at 720x420, the same resolution as DVDs.
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