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Connecting Laptop to TV [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2010, 18:08
This isn't really related to anything business school wise, but I know a lot of people on here are much more technically inclined than me :)

I have a Lenovo X61 and am buying a new tv soon. I would like to be able to hook my laptop up to the tv so I can stream stuff from Hulu, Netflix whatever. Watching stuff on my 12 inch laptop is okay, but certainly not ideal. My question is basically how do I go about doing this? What do I need to have to do this? Can I buy any new tv or do I need to make sure it has certain features? I'm hoping this is not incredibly hard.

My non-techie self REALLY appreciates any input and tips!
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Re: Connecting Laptop to TV [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2010, 18:15
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This isn't really related to anything business school wise, but I know a lot of people on here are much more technically inclined than me :)

I have a Lenovo X61 and am buying a new tv soon. I would like to be able to hook my laptop up to the tv so I can stream stuff from Hulu, Netflix whatever. Watching stuff on my 12 inch laptop is okay, but certainly not ideal. My question is basically how do I go about doing this? What do I need to have to do this? Can I buy any new tv or do I need to make sure it has certain features? I'm hoping this is not incredibly hard.

My non-techie self REALLY appreciates any input and tips!


See if your TV and laptop have a serial cable hookup (most new tvs and computers do). Connect the two, put it on the right source, and hit the monitor option on your laptop.

Don't know other methods.
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Re: Connecting Laptop to TV [#permalink] New post 19 Oct 2010, 19:47
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I am familiar with this model of Thinkpad. I used to own the non tablet version of X61 2-3 years ago.

It doesn't come with HDMI slot.

So the best way to do this, get a new HDTV with HDMI slots (all new HDTVs have these slots). Then get a USB to HDMI adapter for your laptop.

Something like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Displayport-HDmi- ... 411&sr=8-3

Then get a HDMI cable:

http://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-High ... _e_title_0

Then you are set.

I have a Panasonic Viera HDTV at home and my laptop has HDMI slot. I connect my laptop to TV all the time. (sometimes, use it as a monitor with wireless keyboard and etc)
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Re: Connecting Laptop to TV [#permalink] New post 08 Nov 2010, 21:21
lagomez wrote:
See if your TV and laptop have a serial cable hookup (most new tvs and computers do). Connect the two, put it on the right source, and hit the monitor option on your laptop.
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Just want to point out in case you are led astray - Serial cable hookup won't do you any good, what is meant by lagomez is a VGA cable hookup. It does look similar to a serial cable, but is not a serial cable, and incompatible with a serial cable.

Some TV's do have VGA inputs, then all you will need is the VGA cable. I'm not 100% sure if the thinkpad has one but I would say 80% it has one - it is a business class laptop and this class almost always come with VGA video outputs for presentations.

Otherwise if your TV doesn't have a VGA input, then a converter like nink mentioned.
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Re: Connecting Laptop to TV [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2011, 15:58
Yeah, serial cable is ancient and doesn't work with laptop. You may have VGA (think yellow hookup) which is only video. You'll also need an output for sound via your headphones (a Y-adapter - think red and white) for this to work.

However, HDMI is really the only way you should go this day and age. If your laptop doesn't have it, you should invest in a new laptop, haha.
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