Updated : 11 September 2020
If you have a small size monitor and want to view your computer display over a large screen you may be wondering if you could connect your computer’s VGA connection to your television set .
Yes, you can. Television sets by default don’t come with VGA inputs, especially the latest ones.
So, to connect your computer’s VGA output to your TV set, you would need a VGA to AV adapter.
What Type of VGA to AV Adapter Can I Use?
It depends on your the type of AV inputs your TV supports.
Basically, your TV would support RCA, S-Video, or Component Video for analog TV. If you’ve an HDTV, then it will have an HDMI input.
You should choose the AV input that gives you the highest picture resolution.
With an analog TV you would want to use a VGA to component video adapter or converter.
Don’t Buy VGA to Component Video Cable
This cables don’t come with converter boxes. You can’t use them to connect your computer to your TV set
They are meant to be used with projectors and HDTV set-top boxes. If you’re going to connect your computer to your TV, you would need a cable that comes with a convertor box.
VGA to S-Video/RCA Converter
If your TV doesn’t come with component video input, then you would want to opt for VGA to S-Video. Otherwise you would have to settle for VGA to RCA.
This converter supports the following video standards – NTSC/NTSC-EIAJ/PAL/PAL-M/PAL-N/SECAM (via RGB out).
The following VGA input resolutions are supported – 640×480 (up to 85Hz), 800×600 (max 85Hz), 1024×768 (max 75Hz), 1280×1024 (up to 60Hz), and 2560 x 1600 (up to 60Hz).
Input port supported is DE-15 (VGA) while the output ports supported are Composite video (RCA), S-video and DE-15 (VGA).
Image control functions available are brightness, contrast, sharpness, saturation and hue and also the adjustment of picture horizontal and vertical size.
You don’t need a driver to make the VGA to S-Video/RCA converter work. It’s compatible with Windows PC and Mac.
Check out this VGA to S-Video/RCA converter.
VGA to HDMI Converter for HDTV
If you have an HDTV, then you have no worries as you would definitely want to settle for HDMI AV input.
With HDMI you don’t have to worry about audio input. All you need is a single connector.
Since VGA only transports video and not audio, you would need an audio out to audio in cable – 3.5mm audio cable.
Be reminded though that you can’t convert HDMI to VGA with this accessory.
Check out this VGA to HDMI converter.