How to Connect a Dell Computer to a Television

Dell computers, both laptops and desktops, are equipped with a video port for hooking up an external monitor. This VGA (video graphics array) port contains 15 holes that connect with the 15 metal connectors inside a VGA cable plug. Dell computers can also be hooked up to a TV instead of a monitor by using an adapter that converts VGA into an S-video socket, a common type of connection on may television sets. The adapter is available at electronics and computers stores.

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Use this socket on the back of the Dell computer for the TV connection.

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Plug in one end of the S-video cable into the socket on the connection panel of the TV. It is almost always labeled "S-video," but if not, look for the round socket with four small pin-holes in the center and a notch on one edge. Line up the metal pins in the S-video plug with the four holes.

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Attach the other end of the cable to the S-video socket on the adapter.

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Connect the VGA cable from the socket on the adapter to the video port on the back of the Dell desktop tower or the rear edge of a Dell laptop.

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Twist the lock knobs on each side of the VGA plugs clockwise to hold the cable in place.

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Press the "Fn" (function) key and the "F8" key on a Dell laptop keyboard at the same time to turn off the built-in monitor while connected to the TV, if desired.