Displays and Projectors : Laptop S-Video (or VGA) to HD display Component input (or HDMI)

Laptop S-Video (or VGA) to HD display Component input (or HDMI)

I hope this is the right board for this, It seemed like it could fit in Formats, Home Theater Equipment, Displays, or Computers.

I'm trying to figure out how I can cheaply connect my laptop to my HD display so I can watch digital media on the display.

These are all US products.

The laptop is a 6-year-old HP Pavilion dv5000. It has a VGA output and a 7-pin S-Video output. I read on Wikipedia that some PC 7-pin connectors use the extra pins for composite, and some are for component.

My display is the Sony Playstation 3D Display. It only has 2 HDMI ports and Component input. The two HDMI ports are taken up by my Blu-Ray player and by my XBox 360.

The Blu-Ray player is a Sony 3D player, but I don't know the model number offhand. It has wireless capabilities and a USB port. Is there a way to use either of those to connect to my laptop? I'm on a wireless home network.

If not, can I use the S-Video or VGA output to connect to the display? I know VGA doesn't have sound, and I believe the S-Video doesn't either (even with the additional pins.) I presume I would have to run audio from the headphone jack on the laptop.

A quick Google search for "s-video to component" brings me to a $2.69 cable that seems to be just what I need, but I was wondering if that was ALL I needed, or if there would need to be some sort of conversion box along the way. I did a search at Amazon, and found one for .69 cents, but it says the laptop must be capable of component output through the 7-pin S-Video connector.

Re: Laptop S-Video (or VGA) to HD display Component input (or HDMI)

Have a look at Monoprice. Here's a VGA to HDMI converter:
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=101&cp_id=10114 &cs_id=1011404&p_id=6191&seq=1&format=2

Can't you play digital media on the Xbox or Blu-ray player?

Consider getting a media player like a WDTV Live or Google TV, or run RaspBMC on a Raspberry Pi.

Re: Laptop S-Video (or VGA) to HD display Component input (or HDMI)

The problem is, I'm broke. I was hoping for the cheapest solution possible, and ~$30 is a bit high for me right now.

I don't have X-Box Live Gold, so I can't use the browser or any streaming services.

The Blu-Ray player has quite a few streaming services on it, although many require subscriptions or fees. The browser is useless for videos, unless I'm missing something (maybe if I added a memory stick to the back of the player, I could download the flash plugin for the Opera browser.) Things like Youtube are cut down from what I can see on the computer, many videos are missing on the Blu-Ray player's version of Youtube.

I can load something onto a USB memory stick and then put the memory stick in the Blu-Ray player (or X-Box,) but that is a lot of work to do with each piece of streaming media I want to watch.

Re: Laptop S-Video (or VGA) to HD display Component input (or HDMI)

I've always found it to be alot more work to hook up the laptop to the display every time than just loading a video to a flash drive. In your case if you are using S-video or VGA you will also need a cable for audio otherwise the sound will still come from your computer speakers.

I find it strange that your display does not have either an S-Video or a VGA built in. Sounds like Sony is trying to get rid of legacy ports.