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Using Laptop DVD player on TV... advice please

Posted by Steve R-187639 - Created: 15 years ago
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Posted by Axel-194808 - 15 years ago

You should also make sure that the S-video cable is plugged in the laptop and TV before you boot up (in other words, don't plug the cable in once the laptop is already on).

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Posted by davidl-181802 - 15 years ago

p.s I agree with Jivebaby that the best solution is to buy a DVD player to go with the TV - esp. as you get a remote control with them :) and there is no faffing around with settings, slowdowns when the AV scan kicks in and so forth. They are so cheap nowadays.
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Posted by davidl-181802 - 15 years ago

black and white pics from the laptop could also be a result of the laptop sending an S video signal and the TV looking for composite and seeing only the luminence part of the signal. Make sure the TV input is correctly set to S video so it gets Chroma (colour) as well.

The video standards will not affect the sound which should be fine- unplug the audio lead from the laptop - do you get sound, if yes plug some headphones into the audio jack and make sure you still get sound. If this is the case then the problem is either with the lead to the TV or the TV sound on that input.

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Posted by jivebaby-189615 - 15 years ago

Tony is correct - best soltion IMHO is to buy a cheap DVD palter ..darty  knock 'em out at <€60 (with g'tee) and there are several available on A.I.

Cheaper than a converter.....Go for it. :D

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Posted by TonyP-191937 - 15 years ago

Yes, when playing DVDs, you have to make the TV the "Primary" display. When you do that the picture will appear on the TV and the DVD window on the laptop will go blank.

Usually you find it in Display/Settings/Advanced/Monitors or there may be a toolbar icon that you can click to change the settings.

The B&W picture and no sound is probably due to incompatible TV standards, maybe you have a NTSC laptop and a SECAM TV.