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Recommendations for conversion solution Firewire/VGA/TV
Posted 28 January 2009 - 02:30 AM
Here's my problem, that I'm hoping for a suggested solution to.
My XP Media Center lives in the living room, but I often wish I could watch files of various formats from it, in the bedroom. I have a laptop I don't really use any more, so I've resurrected that and it can happily grab files from the Media Center via wireless network, but it's not much fun watching anything on a pokey little laptop screen, let alone the pokier sounding speakers.
So I'd like some kind of a connection solution between the laptop and the bedroom TV, to kind of give me a defacto Media Center Extender (emphasis on Kind Of).
The laptop has outputs: VGA for external monitor, and Firewire, as well as headphone jack.
The TV has direct inputs in component only. No VGA. I do have a DVD-Recorder I could put in between if need be which has S-Video, SCART etc I think, but I'd prefer to avoid that if possible as there is little chance it would be used as anythign other than part of the conversion process, so seems a pain to have to deal with an extra remote, not to mention wasted electricity.
I found on Ebay a lot of vendors selling cheap VGA to S-video/Component - now it seemed to me that would only provide a vide solution at best, but if it worked I could maybe get some relatively cheap but acceptable speakers to plug in to the laptop if need be. So I bought one for a few dollars that converts VGA output to both s-video and component, and tried it (the component part) today, but couldn't get the TV to work as an external monitor on the laptop at all. I'm thinking maybe there is VGA and then there is VGA with TV Out and I don't have it ... or something like that.
So I'm all out of ideas and turning to the experts :-)
What would be your cheap but workable solutions?
Posted 28 January 2009 - 09:44 PM
Have you tried hooking up a spare monitor to your laptop's VGA? It's possible that VGA out is disabled - there's usually a function key that allows you to turn the output on.
Posted 28 January 2009 - 10:05 PM
Hmmmm - no I haven't tried it. I do remember hooking the laptop up to a second monitor way back when the laptop was my main working machine (2005), but don't recall if anything special was needed. I'll give it a go and see what happens.
Posted 28 January 2009 - 10:37 PM
Posted 15 March 2009 - 05:13 AM
I think you hit the nail on the head when you said "there is VGA and then there is VGA with TV Out".
Some of the eBay listings say you need to check whether your video hardware supports VGA out in that way. Not sure what you're running, so I can't comment on that.
I never found a cheap and easy solution for hooking the lappy to a TV - hence now putting a HTPC together!
Posted 15 March 2009 - 03:13 PM