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Old 01-12-2008, 11:07 AM   #1
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Ok, I have been searching for the answer to this for a while with no luck. So where better to ask than the intelligent people here on the HDF. So this is my situation. I have a Pavilion laptop with an S-Video and VGA outputs. My Vizio HDTV has HDMI, RGB PC, and Component inputs. If you could kindly tell me what cable would be best to connect these two it would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-12-2008, 01:19 PM   #2
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Ok, I have been searching for the answer to this for a while with no luck. So where better to ask than the intelligent people here on the HDF. So this is my situation. I have a Pavilion laptop with an S-Video and VGA outputs. My Vizio HDTV has HDMI, RGB PC, and Component inputs. If you could kindly tell me what cable would be best to connect these two it would be greatly appreciated.
Well, it's hard to say with any certainty... you have a lot missing information in your description.

My guess is that the Vizio's RGB PC connection is the same as a D-Sub15 VGA connection. If that's the case, I'd suggest a VGA cable as the only option to consider.

If you're also looking to get audio out from the PC, look for spec's on the sound card. There's probably a mini-jack (3.5mm) to Optical/Coaxial port on the PC somewhere...

EDIT: How are you planning on using your PC while connected to the Vizio? DVD's? OTA recording?
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Old 01-12-2008, 04:13 PM   #3
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What information do you need to know?

A couple of questions.

Is RGB and VGA the same or compatible?
Is RGB PC the same as RGB? Because the input on my HDTV is RGB PC, and looks like VGA with one input labeled audio.
The VGA does not carry sound?
I have a IEEE 1394 (4-pin Port), is that the mini jack port you mentioned?
How do I find the specs for my sound card?
What do I need to know once I do find the right cable?
Have you seen my mind? I think I might have misplaced it or it could have dissolved due to lack of use...

I pan on watching videos, divx and the like.

Thanks for replying.
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What information do you need to know?

A couple of questions.

Is RGB and VGA the same or compatible?
Is RGB PC the same as RGB? Because the input on my HDTV is RGB PC, and looks like VGA with one input labeled audio.
The VGA does not carry sound?
I have a IEEE 1394 (4-pin Port), is that the mini jack port you mentioned?
How do I find the specs for my sound card?
What do I need to know once I do find the right cable?
Have you seen my mind? I think I might have misplaced it or it could have dissolved due to lack of use...

I pan on watching videos, divx and the like.

Thanks for replying.
Well, it's helpful for folks on the forum to know what models of equipment you're using, the OS, graphics and sound cards on your PC, etc. That way, anyone with the same or similar equipment can respond with their own experiences.

Have you looked at your HDTV's user manual? The PC's user manual? Have you looked in the device manager on your PC to see what HW is installed?

Sorry, can't help you with your mind. I think you're on your own with this one...
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Old 01-12-2008, 07:45 PM   #5
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Well, it's helpful for folks on the forum to know what models of equipment you're using, the OS, graphics and sound cards on your PC, etc. That way, anyone with the same or similar equipment can respond with their own experiences.

Have you looked at your HDTV's user manual? The PC's user manual? Have you looked in the device manager on your PC to see what HW is installed?

Sorry, can't help you with your mind. I think you're on your own with this one...
I am using a HP Pavilion dv6636nr AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-58 1.9 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 160 GB HD, running Vista Home Premium 32-bit OS with a NVIDIA graphics card, not sure about the sound card and a Vizio VW32L 10A 32" LCD HDTV.

Yes, I have read both manuals, but neither one told which cable I need to connect the laptop to the HDTV, which of is the reason I am here.

I am just trying to find out what cable would be best considering my input/outputs. And what I have to change on my laptop/HDTV (res settings?) in order to watch movies and such.

I hope that helps.
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That TV has a native resolution of 1366x768, so that would be the resolution to shoot for. Alternately 1280x720 should work also. The PC needs to be set for 60 Hz refresh. Use the VGA cable.
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Old 01-12-2008, 08:14 PM   #7
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That TV has a native resolution of 1366x768, so that would be the resolution to shoot for. Alternately 1280x720 should work also. The PC needs to be set for 60 Hz refresh. Use the VGA cable.
Thanks. How would I go about changing the resolution and refresh rate?
Is VGA the same/compatible as RGB PC, because the HDTV does not have a VGA input just RGB PC, Component, and HDMI. The laptop has S-Video and VGA.

Also, does VGA carry audio? Because the RGB input on the HDTV has a single audio connection? right next to it.

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Thanks. How would I go about changing the resolution and refresh rate?
Put your mouse pointer anywhere on your desktop (not over an icon) and right click. Select Properties. Click on the Settings. There you can set the resolution. The refresh rate is set by then clicking Advanced and selecting Monitor. If you have Vista, it may be a bit different, I don't have a Vista PC, yet.

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Is VGA the same/compatible as RGB PC, because the HDTV does not have a VGA input just RGB PC, Component, and HDMI. The laptop has S-Video and VGA.
Yes, RGB PC is a VGA connection, they just used a different name.

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Also, does VGA carry audio? Because the RGB input on the HDTV has a single audio connection? right next to it.
You will need a separate audio cable. They are available at Radio Shack. Use the headphone jack (or line out if your PC has one) to connect to the audio connection on the TV. The cable you want will have a stereo mini phone plug on each end.
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Old 01-13-2008, 09:40 AM   #9
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Thanks a lot rbinck!!! That is some great, straight forward information.
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Old 02-24-2008, 11:27 PM   #10
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Put your mouse pointer anywhere on your desktop (not over an icon) and right click. Select Properties. Click on the Settings. There you can set the resolution. The refresh rate is set by then clicking Advanced and selecting Monitor. If you have Vista, it may be a bit different, I don't have a Vista PC, yet.

Yes, RGB PC is a VGA connection, they just used a different name.

You will need a separate audio cable. They are available at Radio Shack. Use the headphone jack (or line out if your PC has one) to connect to the audio connection on the TV. The cable you want will have a stereo mini phone plug on each end.
i have the exact same problem as the OP, however I used the HDMI cable to connect and everything is perfect until i load some HD video and then the tearing on the HDTV start and it was unbearable, does anyone know why? So i try to use the VGA cable but there are no signal to the HDTV. Can anyone suggest a solution because i want to enjoy Planet Earth HD without the tearing.

My laptop is the Hp Pavillion 6500 Special Edition and im using Windows Vista.
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Old 07-18-2009, 05:44 PM   #11
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I have the exact same television as ArchNomad, however my laptop is a Mac.
A Mac OS X v. 10.5.7 with Intel Core 2 Duo Macbook to be more specific. I plugged in a VGA cable to the laptop and connected the other end to RGB PC on the television. I also connected the audio cable to both. However, when I turn on the T.V. and go to the RGB input, it says, "No RGB signal. The power will be turned off." What is wrong?
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I have the exact same television as ArchNomad, however my laptop is a Mac.
A Mac OS X v. 10.5.7 with Intel Core 2 Duo Macbook to be more specific. I plugged in a VGA cable to the laptop and connected the other end to RGB PC on the television. I also connected the audio cable to both. However, when I turn on the T.V. and go to the RGB input, it says, "No RGB signal. The power will be turned off." What is wrong?
Most likely the Mac video output is not matching the HDTV specs. That needs to be 1280x720p at 60 Hz or 1920x1080i. I doubt the Mac will output interlaced video, so I'd try the 720p.

Their could be other resolutions the TV will support... consult the TV manual.
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Old 07-21-2009, 05:10 AM   #13
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Hi Friends,

Iam a new member to this forum.. I have a probem with my vedio signal. I have bought a New Sony Bravia 32" (KDL-32S5500U) and i connected the VGA and the audio cable to my hp laptop. I tried to use my HDTV as monitor and it works very fine while browsing. The problem i have is when playing vedios either from harddisk or from youtube i get a error message (PC No Sync.) every 3-4 minutes. The error message stays only for a sec and the pic comes back. there is no problem with the audio. Please help me fix this, as i have problem only with vedios as far as now.

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The PC No sync error is displayed only when i play movie in full screen. comes onve in every 3-5 mins stays for a sec or 2 and then the picture comes back. Solution please????????
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i have the same problem,my TV is KDL-32P3500 and i also receive "no sync" messages during fullsreen movie playing. no idea whats the reason of this...
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