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“A heisenbug (named after the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle) is a computer bug that disappears or alters its characteristics when an attempt is made to study it.”

Connecting your computer / laptop output to your TV.

This guide will help you identify ways on how you can connect you computer to display the output on a TV screen with best possible quality.

The first step is to identify the various types of available connection options.

Here are the various types of connectors you are likely to come across on either your television or your computer to help you identify which ports do you have on both of your devices that you want to connect.

Next, if you have multiple ports on your machines it is important to know which ones have the best quality output.

Here is the list of the various output ports in the order of decreasing Quality.

1. HDMI / DVI
2. VGA
3. Component
4. 7 PIN S-Video4.
5 PIN S-Video
6. SCART
6. Composite

Then it is important to figure out if you have the same two ports on your laptop and your TV.
Unless you have a new LCD TV the chances that you will have the HDMI, DVI, or VGA port is highly reduced but don’t worry you can still connect your laptop to your TV.

The next order of reference to use the port on the TV would be S-Video followed by Composite and lastly SCART.

In all these cases you do need to connect audio via a separate cable to your TV/ Sound system.

In case you have a matching port on your TV set and your Computer you can directly connect the two devices, otherwise you can use a convertor cable to connect the two devices. Among the various convertors available the following are the one that would be most useful to you.

DVI – VGA
VGA – Component
S-Video – Component
Component to SCART
S- Video to Composite
Composite to SCART

There are also VGA to Composite and S-Video available but they only work for a few output laptops. The issue being that VGA and Composite are quite incompatible with each other. If you are more interested in knowing about it check out this article.

Once you have figured out what ports do you want to use to connect the two devices you are all set to go.

A few points after connecting the two machines.
1. The resolution can be changed via the external device settings or the second monitor display option on your computer.
2. If the colors are not ok or the picture is flickering try changing your TV from PAL to NTSC or vice versa.
3. The picture quality on your TV will be degraded than the picture quality on the laptop due to the limitations of the Television sets.

You are all set to have your display outputted to your TV screen! If you still run into any issues leave a message and I will try to get an answer for you.

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