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Connect your computers to a TV

With Louisville’s upcoming game on ESPN3, many fans are complaining about watching it on a laptop or desktop … and rightly so.

Since the games are on ESPN3, you can use any device that can run the WatchESPN app. The problem with this is that you have to have an ESPN subscription through cable or satellite. I am one of the few who watch free live TV so the WatchESPN app is not working for me. However, games that are viewed primarily on ESPN3 can be viewed for free from a web browser, without a subscription. Currently, Louisville’s next two games are both scheduled on ESPN3 (Murray Stae & Virgina). The next ones are FIU & Wake Forest, chances are we can see these two games on ESPN 3 as well. So the only place to watch them is on the internet. If you want to watch it on your TV, the only way is to connect a computer to your TVs. If you can access the game using a Watch ESPN app, you can connect any device that can run the app to your TV.

I decided to write this for people who might need help with the technical stuff.

Connecting two devices requires a matching set of connectors, whether audio or video. So whatever ports are available on your system, they should be converted or matched to whatever you have on your TV.

The most common video output port is the VGA port (also known as D-Sub), which is also an analog port. The digital video output ports are DVI port, Displayport, and HDMI port.

Most laptops had at least one VGA output; desktop computers can come in any combination of these ports depending on the video card or motherboard. And Apple’s laptops have had DVI ports or a mini-DVI port. Nowadays, HDMI has become the standard port of choice. The most practical thing about it is that it can carry the video signal as well as the audio signal in one cable. If you have HDMI on your laptop and TV, your job is already done; all you have to do is connect the two ports. I will come back to the software part later.

Your TV will have connectors similar to this:

So if you have a system with only VGA, you can use it to connect to your TV. Most televisions have a VGA input and will be labeled with an audio input. Since VGA cannot carry audio, you will need to use another cable to connect your system’s headphone output to your TV’s audio input port. The technical name of the headphone jack is 1/8 “(one-eighth of an inch) or 3.5mm and you would need to use a ‘one eighth of an inch to one eighth of an inch‘ Where ‘3.5mm‘audio cable. It looks like this:

If you have DVI, Displayport, or mini versions of either port, you will need an adapter to convert it. Fortunately, you can find really cheap versions of all adapters on ebay, amazon, etc. I always recommend converting the port using an adapter rather than buying a specialized cable. For example, you can buy a DVI to HDMI cable or a DVI to HDMI adapter, and then use an HDMI cable to complete the connection.

DVI (male) to HDMI (female):

Mini-DVI to HDMI: to HDMI:

Once you have HDMI on both ends, connect the two using an HDMI cable.

In Windows 7 and 8, you can use the “Windows + P” keyboard shortcut to display display options. The options are: Computer only, Duplicate, Extend, and Projector only. To minimize complications, choose “Projector only”. Windows will recognize the resolution and set it accordingly.

Apple laptops, OSX:

I will be happy to answer any further questions that may arise.

Good luck and go CARDS!

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