How to Connect a Laptop to RCA Jacks

Connecting a laptop to standard RCA jacks requires two types of cable adapters: one for video and the other for audio. The connections involve simple push plugs with a converter on the other end that can be connected to RCA audio/video composite cables. The cables are then connected to standard RCA jacks on an electronic component, such as an AV receiver or television.

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Insert the round S-video plug on the adapter with the four holes in the center into the S-video port on the back edge of the laptop.

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Plug a composite video cable into the RCA jack on the other end of the S-video adapter. The other end of the composite cable can now be connected to any RCA video jack.

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Insert the mini-plug on the 3.5mm Y adapter into the LINE OUT jack on the back or left edge of the laptop, depending on the model.

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Connect the two plugs on one end of the RCA-type audio cables to the jacks in the Y-adapter. The plugs on the other end of the cable can now be connected to the RCA audio jacks on any electronic device.