How to Convert VGA to RCA

Hooking up your desktop or laptop with an available VGA port to your television set is a simple task. Doing so gives you a modern twist on presenting the "slide show" of your vacation pictures to your family and friends. You can also watch Internet TV on your television set by hooking up your desktop or laptop to it.

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Expand your TV viewing options by hooking up your computer with Internet to your TV.

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Set up your computer near your television set; hook it up to your Internet connection unless you are running a wireless network.

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Connect the VGA end of your VGA to RCA adapter to the VGA port on the back of your computer.

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Connect the RCA end of the VGA to RCA converter to your television set. Depending on the converter you purchased, you may have RCA cabling extending directly from the converter, or you may have additional RCA cabling that needs to be plugged into the RCA end of the converter and then into your television set.

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Turn on your computer and allow it to recognize your television as a second monitor. Windows users enter your "Display Manager," Mac users go to "System Preferences," and enable the additional monitor. If you want to have the same display on both monitors choose to "clone" your display. If you want to drag and drop videos onto the TV's screen choose "extended desktop" mode.

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Decide on your audio. Either have the computer handle audio or transfer it to the television. By default, your computer will handle it; just turn your speakers up and enjoy. Connect a 3.5mm audio cable from your computer's headset jack (audio out) to your television's red/white stereo ports if you want audio streamed through your TV.