Connecting a laptop to an LCD TV - HOW?

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    I've got an LCD TV which i am trying to get connected to my laptop so that we can use the tv as a larger display for movies etc.

    I've got a Belkin VGA to DVI-I cable bought and connectd up.

    The VGA side is connected to the side of the laptop.

    The DVI-I side is in the back of the tv in the "PC Digital" port.

    The lappie is a Sony Vaio N38 running Vista Home.

    Does anyone know how to get them to tak to each other?

    TIA,

    KJ
     
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    Most laptops have a combination keypress of FN + another key to enable the VGA OUT, or it could be controlled via the display options, check the manual, the key is usually has a symble which looks like two boxes one with a extra box inside, and the colour reflects the other key needed to pressed to activate.
     
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    thanks guys.

    neither worked.

    do i have to download any drivers?

    heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelp:confused:
     
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    Shouldn't need drivers as it's just VGA output.
     
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    I found the button (F7) butit still wont recognise the lcd tv.

    Could it be coz im going from VGA to DVI-I?
     
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    possible if tv has normal VGA in, then try VGA to VGA
     
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    See, it does have vga but i bought a vga to dvi-i cable :crazy:

    Dont really want to bin the cable, would like to get it to work somehow.
     
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    When Pressing the F7 key does the laptop screen go off if so then it should be set to VGA out Only, is the TV on the correct source for picking up the signal - flick through all settings, borrow a VGA cable, to see if that works to narrow down options, could be faulty cable or incompatible
     
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    You are going to need to match the resolution on your PC to one the LCD screen can understand. If it's a HD TV try sending the video signal at 1280x720.
     
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    AND... you may have to restart the laptop with the telly turned on so that the laptop realises theres something connected and switches it on.
     

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