I've got a dell inspiron 700m, I have downloaded some cool movies and TV shows, and of course watch DVDs on it. But I also have a big 37" LCD TV, which would be much more fun to watch on than my 12.1" laptop screen.
How can I get video and audio going from my laptop to my tv?
Dell also packs in a modular DVD+RW burner, which you can substitute for a plain-vanilla DVD player or a CD-RW/DVD combo drive. The Inspiron 700m, in addition to its modem and wired LAN, comes with a Broadcom-based 802.11b/g wireless radio that remained online 95 feet from our test router--an average distance for comparable systems. Like many new machines, however, this laptop lacks an infrared receiver, and adding Bluetooth to the system requires using the system's only PC Card slot--a hassle if you want to use a cell-phone wireless modem, which are available only in PC Card format. Otherwise, this laptop offers the right connections, including ports for audio, FireWire, external monitor, and S-Video out, as well as a pair of USB 2.0 ports along the sides. Also present is a Secure Digital flash-card slot for digital photos, music, or plain old data.
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You should check to see if the LCD has RGB component jacks and whether the laptop supports VGA to YUV (RGB component). If so, then get a VGA to YUV cable. They're pretty cheap. It'll look a whole lot better than S-Video too.
If you run the TV through a DVD player or home theatre amp, check if that'll accept RGB component input.