Connecting an Inspiron 1545 to a plasma tv

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Connecting an Inspiron 1545 to a plasma tv

  • Hello people. I've ordered an Inspiron 1545 and plan to link it with a tv however i'm unsure about which cables can fit the pc. I know it has a VGA socket but that it doesn't have a HDMI connection. The ideal way (at least from internet research) is to have a DVI - HDMI cable. However, would a DVI cable fit on my laptop? If so, where does it go? Hope someone can help! I'm one of those that likes to get everything sorted when it's arrived.

    PS: While i'm here, i've read complaints about the battery capability, mainly due to the 4-cell version. Has anyone had any problems with the 6-cell version? I'm debating whether I should've got a 9-cell battery option. I'm happy with 1.5hrs usage really.

  • Welcome to the forums Yes

     

     

    Very surprisingly, the Inspiron 1545 doesn't even have a DVI port Surprise  It has a VGA port only, so you'll need a VGA - HDMI cable of suitable length.

    They're not expensive though.  You can pick 'em up on Ebay (in various lengths) for just a few bucks.

    But you'll need to sort out something separate for the audio of course.

    Hopefully he'll see this thread, and forum member Fireberd will be able to advise you on that score, if you're not sure what's required yourself.

     

    Once you get the video cable... to activate TV Out:

    Connect whatever cable you're using to both the computer and the TV, then reboot your system.

    Once it's rebooted, open your graphics card's display options, and click on the video card's TV (/Output Device) tab.
    Click Settings --> Advanced --> TV (/Output Device), and choose 'Enable output to TV'.
    Different brands of video cards may have slightly different wording of course - i.e. 'Output Device/TV'.

    (Restore the display back to your computer monitor by following the above steps, except choose to send the signal to the computer monitor instead of the TV.)



    Also double-check the audio output, by right-clicking on the small speaker icon in the taskbar, and making sure it's set for external output?

    From experience, I've found that:   “Beauty is in the eye of the beer-holder”!!

     

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  • Use the S video connector and audio cables. It's the cheapest and sure to work. According to Intel, the 1545's graphics have Svideo connections:

    From the specs: Component, S-Video and Composite Output Interfaces

    It's best to match connections on both the tv and the computer and not use converter cables. They don't always work.

  • Thanks for your help. You've both (including therealfirebrigade) offered some good advice. Shame it didn't have a DVI socket as everything else on the system seems quite up to date.

  • oop, I meant to say therealfireblade not the realfirebrigade. Oh dear! Thanks for your help though!

  • Hi there,

    Further to your post, I'm still having some difficulties to connect my Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop to my flatscreen TV.

    I have bought a "1.8m VGA to HDMI Cable Adapter M/M For Laptop PC LCD TV" on EBay and I have been trying for hours to set it up but no joy. can you please assist me on this?

    what do you mean by reboot the system, restart the computer? Where do I find my "graphic card's display options"?

    For audio it was fine, I connected it to my Hi-Fi Stereo and it works perfectly fine.

    thanks in advanceBig Smile

     

  • jamiethomas

    I have bought a "1.8m VGA to HDMI Cable Adapter M/M For Laptop PC LCD TV" on EBay and I have been trying for hours to set it up but no joy. can you please assist me on this?

    You seriously expected a piece of cable to work?????

    That advice about buying one was totally rubbish. I know he meant well, but the advice was WRONG.

    Hate to break the news to you, but you just thrown your money down the drain.

    Ain't gonna work, no way, no how. You can try until Doomsday. Not gonna happen.

    Get the picture?

     

     

    my Dells:
    Precision M6300 - XP SP3 / Windows 7 / Ubuntu 12.04
    Latitude D620 - XP Pro SP3
    Precision M6300 - Windows 7

  • well, that's what people told me and I have been on different forums where everybody say the same thing. I don't know much about TV and Laptops so it is fair I get advices somewhere. Anyway, the cable is not a big financial loss.

    Thanks for your comments, even if they are quite harsh, maybe you could actually help me connect my laptop to my TV, that would be most appreciated!

    How do I get my laptop screen to appear on my TV?!?!?

  • jamiethomas

    How do I get my laptop screen to appear on my TV?!?!?

    That would depend on what connections are available on this TV, wouldn't it?

     

    my Dells:
    Precision M6300 - XP SP3 / Windows 7 / Ubuntu 12.04
    Latitude D620 - XP Pro SP3
    Precision M6300 - Windows 7

  • Connections available on this TV are:

    YPbPr ; VGA ; HDMI1 ; HDMI2 ; AV ; S-VIDEO.

    Does it help?

  • unfortunately, VGA to VGA is your only choice; you'll also need a cable for the LINE OUT to two RCA plugs.

    the video quality won't be very good certainly not DVD-quality

     

     

     

     

     

     

    my Dells:
    Precision M6300 - XP SP3 / Windows 7 / Ubuntu 12.04
    Latitude D620 - XP Pro SP3
    Precision M6300 - Windows 7

  • So, if I understand I need to get a VGA to VGA cable to set up the image on my TV, Do i need to do some settings on my laptop while connecting the cables?

    for the LINE OUT to two RCA plugs cable, is this for the sound only or the image also?? if it's for the sound, I actually connected my laptop to my stereo already and it works fine. I just need to get the image of my laptop screen to my TV, just to VGA to VGA then, isn't it??

    thanks a lot for your help and support though this complicated process.

  • Yes, the LINE out is for sound. If you have that working then that is 1/2 the battle. You need a male to male VGA cable.

    You will need to tell your laptop to send video out the VGA port. It's Fn+F8 on my laptop.

     

    my Dells:
    Precision M6300 - XP SP3 / Windows 7 / Ubuntu 12.04
    Latitude D620 - XP Pro SP3
    Precision M6300 - Windows 7

  • Yes at least it's half the battle, lol Wink

    I just ordered a 5m SVGA VGA Monitor Male to Male Cable Lead on EBay, should be good isn't it?

    I think on my laptop it's Fn + F11, it's when the screen goes wider suddenly no?! I also have an option when I can duplicate/extend the screen or use a projector (F1), I don't need this do I?!

  • I bought my VGA cable on eBay too. Worked for me. My laptop is older so all I have is Fn+F8 to output to an external monitor which this case was the TV.
    You might have to fiddle around with some of the options to get it to work for you, but VGA out is pretty standard.

    my Dells:
    Precision M6300 - XP SP3 / Windows 7 / Ubuntu 12.04
    Latitude D620 - XP Pro SP3
    Precision M6300 - Windows 7