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February 21, 2012 12:41:41 PM

Hello, I recently purchased a refurbished Dell Optiplex 745 and I am trying to hook my TV up to it. It has only a VGA output and nothing else. I have purchased just about a shoebox full of y-adapters and splitters and none of them seem to be working. It seems as if I just need to find an expensive video card that I can install myself, It did not seem to hard to install it, I just do not know which one I should purchase for The Optiplex. Any suggestions or Direction would be greatly appreciated, Thanks!

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a b U Graphics card
February 21, 2012 1:08:58 PM

first open up the case and identify what type of expansion slots you have
if its somewhat new it will be pci express
with that you have to look at your power supply your system has, with this you will know what kind of graphic cards you can install in your system. Higher end cards require additional power connectors provided by the better psu's

suggestion, take look at 7750. it takes no additional power so whatever power supply you have it should take it as long as you have a pcie slot avaible

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a b U Graphics card
February 21, 2012 2:22:01 PM

dell optiplex come with with a pcie and pci slots not sure what kind of tv connction you want.
you included the fact that you purchased a shoebox of y adapters and splitters so i asume that you want dual display, a pc monitor and a tv. if that is the case i would check out
27 dollars
29 dollars
they do dual display and have vga -dvi and hdmi

for a coax connection get a tv card
these range from 20 $ to a few hundred depending on your needs

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February 21, 2012 2:29:40 PM

What connection does your TV have?
February 22, 2012 1:28:20 AM

My TV only has s-vid and RCA inputs. My Presario laptop hooked up to it just fine, now I have purchased this desktop and I am having a fit with it! I have found a converter that will plug into the single vga on the desktop, but I kinda think it would be best to upgrade so I can have dual monitors versus having dual monitors displaying the same screen on both.
February 22, 2012 1:32:23 AM

On the video cards, don't I still need a converter that changes the VGA to composite video? Thanks for the help, I am trying not to get re-fustrated!
February 22, 2012 4:45:06 AM

It's quite simple in my mind.

You need to buy a video card which has VGA and S-video output. You connect the monitor to the VGA with a VGA cable, you connect the TV to the S-video with a cable which has S-video connector at one end, and S-video (or RCA or whatever) on the other.

Just like your laptop.

After you connected both of them, you can decide, if you want to see the same desktop on them, or you want to see different desktops. You can handle this at the same place where you set the resolution of your monitor.

Just like your laptop.

(What you are trying to do now is to connect a TV and a monitor to the same single VGA connector on your computer (which might or might not be possible, I don't know), and you expect to see different screens on them. Is that right? That's not gonna work.)
February 22, 2012 4:57:12 AM

By the way...

The video cards that The Great Randini suggested don't have S-video output.

They have HDMI output, which is useful to connect the computer with a DIGITAL TV (which also has HDMI input).

Watching movies on the analog TV was a little bit disappointing experience for me, because of the low resolution of the TV. It can do the equivalent of 640x480 or so, AFAIK. Most Youtube videos have better resolution than that.

So if you have the money, you should really buy a nice digital TV with HDMI connector. But that's a whole other topic. (Just a hint: you can buy a digital TV, which has USB connectors, so there's no need for computer at all: you just connect your external hard drive, and it will play whatever media files you have on it. Always check those specifications...)
a b U Graphics card
February 22, 2012 6:14:27 AM

get a 7750 OC +1
February 22, 2012 7:37:48 AM

Thanks my friends, you all were quite helpful! Gonna give it some thought-
February 23, 2012 4:59:24 PM

Thank You very much for your help!
March 5, 2012 6:07:26 PM

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