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How to tell if a laptop supports VGA-to-Component cables
My friend bought a new laptop today (CQ60-228US, Compaq Presario) with a VGA-out port. He has a HDTV (Sanyo DP50747, Plasma) that has HDMI, Component, Composite etc. Unfortunately it has no DVI or VGA inputs.
He wants to hook the laptop up to the TV for easy viewing; the problem is that VGA -> HDMI cables are a good $100+. I found some VGA -> Component cables for cheap (at Monoprice.com), but the warning states:
"THIS CABLE WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO CONNECT YOUR COMPUTER'S VGA PORT TO THE COMPONENET INPUT ON YOUR HDTV unless your video card supports component out function through it's VGA port (please confirm with your video cards documentation before purchasing)"
Alas, I cannot find anywhere on the net or the manuals whether the onboard video (NVIDIA GeForce 8200M) supports this or not. Granted, the cable is only $2.00~ so even if it doesn't work, it's not a big loss. But he is very interested in getting this thing hooked up so even if this idea doesn't work, we'd like to find out a way to do it.
Lemme know if you need anything else answered about the products in question.