How to Connect a Dell Inspiron to a Television

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Connecting your Dell Inspiron laptop to your television is an easy way of viewing downloaded movies on a larger screen, browsing the Internet on your television, giving presentations or perhaps showing a slideshow of your vacation to a houseful of partygoers. Depending on your exact Inspiron model, your video-out options will vary. The connections also depend on the available input options on your television. Even without an exact match (same video-out and video-in), you can easily solve the problem with the proper video cable adapters.

Things You'll Need

  • VGA cable
  • S-Video cable
  • Video-out adapters
  • Connect a VGA cable from the VGA video-out on your Dell Inspiron laptop to the VGA input on your television. Older television models may lack a VGA input, but newer, digital models should have VGA input capabilities. Once connected, using your television's menu, simply change the television's "Source/Input" to the VGA connection to view your desktop on the big screen.

  • Connect an S-video cable from the Dell's S-video-out port to the television's S-Video input, if you don't have a VGA input on your television. S-video is beneficial for older televisions that lack digital inputs. Tune your television to the S-video input source, using your television's menu, to view your Dell computer on your TV.

  • Use an adapter. Depending on your television's available inputs, your only option may be to use an adapter, such as VGA to HDMI or component cables or S-Video to RCA cables. In such cases, connect the adapter to the Inspiron's video-out port. Connect the appropriate cable(s) to the adapter and to your TV's input. Change the TVs input source to view your Dell desktop using your television's menu.

Tips & Warnings

  • Once connected, you may have to adjust your computer's resolution. This is accomplished by opening the Control Panel, via the Start menu on your Dell Inspiron. Select "Appearance and Personalization > Adjust Screen Resolution." Select the desired resolution and click "Apply."

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