How to Hook Up VGA to Component Video With Audio

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VGA is one of the most common computer video output types, but many HDTVs lack VGA inputs. Most HDTVs have component inputs, but few computers have component video outputs. To connect a VGA output to component inputs for, say, a home theater PC, you can use a cable that's VGA on one end and component on the other. No expensive converter is necessary since both VGA and component use analog signals.

Things You'll Need

  • VGA-to-component adapter cable
  • 3.5 mm-to-composite adapter cable
  • Connect the VGA end of the VGA-to-component adapter cable to the VGA output port on the computer.

  • Connect the component video end of the VGA-to-component adapter cable to component inputs on the television, matching the colors of the ends of the cable to the colors of the input jacks.

  • Connect the 3.5 mm audio end of the 3.5 mm-to-composite adapter cable to the 3.5 mm output jack on the computer.

  • Connect the composite end of the 3.5 mm-to-composite adapter cable to the composite audio inputs next to the component video inputs on the television, matching the colors of the ends of the cable to the colors of the input jacks. One composite audio input is white; the other is red.

  • Turn on the computer if it's not already on.

  • Press "Windows+P" if there is already a display device connected to the computer. Select a display mode: PC Screen Only, Duplicate, Extend or Second Screen Only.

Tips & Warnings

  • Composite cables are also known as RCA cables.

References

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