Connect a VGA cable from the VGA video-out on your Dell Inspiron laptop to the VGA input on your television. Older television models may lack a VGA input, but newer, digital models should have VGA input capabilities. Once connected, using your television's menu, simply change the television's "Source/Input" to the VGA connection to view your desktop on the big screen.
Connect an S-video cable from the Dell's S-video-out port to the television's S-Video input, if you don't have a VGA input on your television. S-video is beneficial for older televisions that lack digital inputs. Tune your television to the S-video input source, using your television's menu, to view your Dell computer on your TV.
Use an adapter. Depending on your television's available inputs, your only option may be to use an adapter, such as VGA to HDMI or component cables or S-Video to RCA cables. In such cases, connect the adapter to the Inspiron's video-out port. Connect the appropriate cable(s) to the adapter and to your TV's input. Change the TVs input source to view your Dell desktop using your television's menu.
Things You Will Need
- VGA cable
- S-Video cable
- Video-out adapters
- Once connected, you may have to adjust your computer's resolution. This is accomplished by opening the Control Panel, via the Start menu on your Dell Inspiron. Select "Appearance and Personalization > Adjust Screen Resolution." Select the desired resolution and click "Apply."