March 16, 2010

WFMW - Computer to TV Hook Ups

I'm going to show you how to connect your pc to your tv...this will work even if you don't have a plasma tv.

Many newer plasma tv's have the VGA connection, which allows you to plug your pc directly into your tv. The VGA cable plugs into your computer monitor. It looks like this:

My computer does not have this connection but there is still a way to make this work.

This is called a VGA converter. I call it my magic box. It allows me to connect my computer to my tv (you can find them for about $30).

You connect your VGA cable into this box then plug in the composite cable into the back. The composite cable connects to your tv. It should be included in the box with your converter and looks like this:


You will simply plug this yellow cord into the back of your tv marked "Video 1"...the outlet should be yellow.

Now the VGA cord that came with my converter kit had a split on it that allows me to also plug up to my monitor. Which is really cool since it lets me have both screens connected at the same time.

Now that you have your wires connected you need to adjust the settings on your display. Here are some simple instructions for Vista users:

1. Right click on your desktop.

2. Click on "Personalize"

3. Click on "Display Settings"

4. Set your resolution to the lowest setting and "Apply".

Power-on your Converter box and then your TV. You should now see the same images on on you monitor and your tv.

You might be asking "Why would I want to do that?"

Number 1: You can streamline movies, tv shows, and videos to your larger screen for the whole family to enjoy.

Number 2: You can keep an eye on what your kids are viewing from the comfort of your favorite spot.

For me this also saves lots of space. I no longer need  a desk for the computer. The kids just pull out the personal tables when they are doing school work or playing games.

I love this set up. It really "works for me".


  1. I love that you share a Pizza/Movie night and now I see how! :) I'm totally bookmarking this post. If you connect the computer to the tv can you still do a separate project on the computer while watching a movie/hulu show on the tv?

  2. YAY! I love it. :-) I refuse, however, to show this to Jason. Thank you very much.


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