Hi, I am wondering whether anyone can help. I have plugged a vga cable from my hp latop into my television which is fine and transmits the picture. However, when I have tried to put an RCA cable from my laptop in to my television (via a phono convertor) the sound still comes out of my laptop and not the tv speakers. Can any one help. Thanks in Advnace.
Computers have two separate systems - one for video and one for sound.
The only computer (or laptop) connection that carries both video and sound is HDMI. If you do not have a HDMI/DVI connector on the back of your computer, then you will have to use the VGA-composite or s-video connectors to display your PC's output on an external monitor like an LCD TV.
On both my HP and Dell laptops the display settings (Start/Control Panel/Personalize/Display Settings) allow two modes - single or dual monitor mode. Single monitor mode allows me to switch between any one of three possible video outputs - VGA-composite, S-Video or laptop screen, or a split-desktop (display spread over two seperate monitors). Dual monitor mode allows the same display on any two of three possible video outputs.
Switching is performed using the fn keys on the keyboard (fn key plus the F2, F8, etc. function key with the display marking). You guys use single monitor mode until you figure out what your are doing. Select VGA-composite or S-Video.
Non-HDMI sound to your TV monitor or sound system must be obtained from your laptop's Headphone or S/PDIF jacks. Headphone is stereo and S/PDIF is 5.1 surround sound. Headphone is electrical, but S/PDIF may be electrical or optical (laser light). You must set the sound jack that you intend to use as the default on the PC control panel (Start/Control Panel/Sound).
None of these connectors is two-way in the context of an LCD monitor - your PC cannot record a TV picture or sound from the external monitor. To accomplish this you must purchase a video converter box that converts cable TV or video+sound inputs to USB format usable by your laptop. Do this and you can turn your laptop into a Tivo recorder/DVD burner using Beyond TV, Sage TV or a variety of other software packages.
I had the same problem and finally after spending hours going every configuration on my laptop, I realized that my HDTV had a specfic audio input jack for PC's only. Once I connected to the specifed PC audio input jack instant sound. I couldn't use the other audio input devices in the back of the TV.
For all of you trying to hook up your laptop to your hdtv with an hdmi cable, I have been trying for about 4 hours and I have finally figured it out. I read your suggestions but they did not help and then I turned off my tv and my laptop, hooked up the hdmi cable from my laptop first and then hdtv and then turned on the laptop first and once the laptop had booted fully, then turn on the tv and select the source and 'voila' (french for 'there')....it works. Hope this helps you guys out there having a hard time and makes you not want to pull your hair out.
I have had a similar problem for a while now.I play "SPOTIFY" on my laptop and wanted a simple audio connection to my tv speakers.VGA connection required shutting down the computer while the connection cable was inserted and then a repeat performance when they were removed.I purchased a minijack to rca cable and tried pluging that in to the headphone jack on my laptop and the composite (red and white)rca ports on the tv ,guess what?no sound,I then replaced my scart to scart on my dvd player with a scart to rca cable,I connected the video(yellow)connection to the tv and then the rca cable from my laptop to the audio rca ports(red and white)on the tv,hey presto the tv now thinks the sound from the laptop is coming from the dvd player and I can listen to my laptop through the tv and diconnect it with no problems whenever I want to.
My dad had this problem, we have a sony bravia, what you need to do is:
1.Buy a cable that has the same connection as a headphone cable but it has that bit both sides
2. Connect the cable to your tv.
3. Connect the cable to your Laptop etc.
4. Connect the xga cable cable or vga , rgb, S- Video and any sort of video type.
And if you have a Sony Bravia cause we do. I is graanteed to work.
But if you dont know how to make it show here is what you have to do:
Go to where it shows an arrow in an circle.
Down down to PC or S - Video or HDMI
Then change your resulution to the right amount.
I had the same problem when I tried to connect the first time from my HP laptop to my Sony Bravia tv with a HDMI cable I had to use an other RCA cable for sound. But the next time I did nothing but just changed the port from Hdmi1 to HDMI2 on the TV and surprisingly the sound was coming from the TV( I dint use any RCA this time). Hope this helps ...
When you're on Audio Setup Set it to: PC Audio NO > HDMI 1 Audio: Analog> Make sure you click DONE at the bottom of the screen! (Also I used the cable that I use that runs from the PC to the sub, and ran it from the headphone jack on the pc to the hdmi1 audio/pc jack on the back of the tv). If I can figure this out, you can too. I promise!