Using Your TV as a Computer Monitor

I am hoping all of you computer savvy people can help me out. I have an Acer Aspire 4315-2490 laptop with an LCD screen which is faulty. I was wondering if I can get some sort of cable or wire or something to plug it into my TV and use the TV as a monitor instead of my faulty screen.


I don't use it outside the house and have a router to take internet from my son's DELL desktop which is very near the TV (in the same room). I have cable internet. I don't even use the mouse of the laptop as I have an external mouse plugged into the laptop since its more or less always in the same place.

I don't have cable on this particular TV, its only used for my son's Playstation2 games. Getting a new screen is very expensive and I feel since the computer was a cheapo, its hardly worth it. I don't use it for much, only to check my emails and occasionally to browse the internet. We use the DELL desktop for important stuff. Many thanks in advance for any help or suggestions.

By cettina from Malta, Europe

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Depends on the TV, and depends on the computer. Newer tvs have what is called an "S-Video" input. It's a little round port; usually on the back or the side next to the a/v inputs. Most laptops and newer computers have the "S-Video" output.


You can connect the two by getting an S-video cable wire to link the computer to the TV. Now to get it to show up on your TV: look for the "input" button (sometimes it says "source").

Scroll until you find the one that says "S-video" you should immediately see the image on your computer show up on your tv. Use the keyboard and mouse as usual.

This option is great; you can watch;, netflix (if you have it); watch dvds, check email etc. Some channels like cnn have live streaming.

But if your TV does Not have an S-Video input I'm not sure what you could do, but check the s-video option first.

Hey, other thrifty fun fans; try this out.

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October 10, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks twilightgift. My acer is only 2 years old (but unfortunately bought in the U.S. and warranty isn't good for Europe where I live - it was a gift) so the s plug thingy you were talking about shouldn't be a problem.


My TV may be a problem since its 10 years old and may not have a place to plug in the cable. I will check. A cable wire is much cheaper than a new LCD screen.

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