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Laptop sound and vision to HT set up?

Discussion in 'PC Gaming & Rigs' started by alistair, Jul 29, 2004.

  1. alistair

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    I have a home cinema set up and would like to view my laptop on the big screen. Doing this mostly as a teaching aid for the family as we struggle to huddle round the tiny screen but also to play PC gamesor perhaps the odd vcd. Has anyone some advice how to transfer images and sound to an amplifier? thx
     
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    it all depends on your laptop, but you can do it simply by attaching the correct cable from your laptop to the amp/tv

    normally a laptop will have the red/white audio connectors for sound and s-video for the picture, but it does all depend on the laptop.

    Once connected, you can push the screen switch key (normally FN and one of the f-keys) to display the image on the tv
     
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    Sounds too simple to be true, thanks. What if I wanted to do it wirelessly? Any products out there to do that. Sorry if I've hijacked the wrong forum but it seemed to me the guys in here would know the answer. thanks again
     
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    Just did a very quick search on Google and found this:

    http://www.infomaticsonline.co.uk/Products/Hardware/1143068

    This one only streams music and photos but it says that ones to stream video are coming out and the review is from August 03, so they may already be available.

    Marc is correct regarding the connections - most laptops have S-Video out and either a stereo or two mono audio jacks that can be connected to headphones or an amplifier.
     
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    one thing you can do, if you don't like the idea of having mono or joint stereo audio, is buy a soundblaster extigy or similar soundcard, for example http://www.gamepc.com/labs/view_content.asp?id=extigy&page=2&cookie_test=1 . I believe they attach themselves to the PC/laptop via USB or serial depending on the card, and will allow you to get Dolby digital 6.1 sound into your amp. They're pricey though...

    and... you can also get a VGA to S-VHS/Composite converter box - for example http://www.trianglecables.com/cotovicovgad.html , incase you don't have an s-video out on the laptop. They're also pricey, and specialist. By the time you've bought both, you'll probably wish you just bought a PS2 ;)
     

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