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Old 04-01-2013, 08:50 PM   #1
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Hi all, I have my old Acer Aspire RC500 which is designed to be used as a media pc. The computer doesn't have HDMI, It has VGA, But my main question is how will I be able to get sound through the TV from the computer. I am going to have a fiddle and see what I can do, If you need any diagrams well here is the manual containing them ftp://ftp.support.acer-euro.com/desk...pire-rc-uk.pdf, You need to be looking at the RC500 information.
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:15 PM   #2
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What TV is it ?
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It is a fairly modern one, LG 42LD460 LG 42LD460 Support: Find Manuals & Warranty Info | LG Australia
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Well both use optical and coaxial sound connections so you could go with that. As for the video, it appears the old tech of the PC is going to be your bane. Looks like VGA on the PC is all you got.
Unless you find a vid card that will work with that PC that has HDMI.
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You can use the coax or optical audio out. Then get a video card that has DVI and run a DVI to HDMI converter to an HDMI cable if you don't want to use VGA. This is what I do but I run it to my surround reciever. It will work the same way to the TV.
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There is a yellow port on the back, What would that be?
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You could use something like this: Amazon.com: VGA and Audio to HDMI Converter: Electronics
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There is a yellow port on the back, What would that be?
Look at the PDF you linked of the computer. Scroll down to the port layout of the RC500. Ports 3 and 4 are the audio ports. I recommend you use the optical audio (port 4) but the coaxial audio port can be used as well (port 3).

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I wouldn't. Just a VGA cable and an audio cable (preferably optical audio) wouldn't cost that much and he already has the correct connections on the TV for it.

If you really don't have a VGA cable.
Amazon.com: Standard 15-Pin VGA Male to VGA Male Cable: Electronics

Optical audio cable.
Amazon.com: AmazonBasics Digital Optical Audio Toslink Cable, 6 Feet: Electronics

That's probably a little over $10 after shipping.

If you want a digital signal, get a cheap video card that will fit in a slim style case that has DVI. It doesn't need to be a high power card, just needs DVI. Then get the DVI converter and HDMI cable, or a cable that's a direct convert.

Amazon.com: Importer520 New Gold Plated HDMI Female to DVI-D Male Video Adaptor: Electronics

Amazon.com: DVI to HDMI Cable 6ft Male-Male: Electronics

You really don't need to go expensive with these cables or you're just wasting money. Especially with a digital signal. It's either all on or all off. It's gonna look the same with a $1 cable as a $60 cable.
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$30 bucks and you can have a low profile HDMI video card.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102882


Never used this card, but it's an example. You'll want to make sure it comes with a low-profile bracket or you'll want to pick one up while shopping if it doesn't (they are only a couple bucks).
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:51 PM   #10
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This is actually alot simple if you just purchase a vga lead with stero audio, I actually just bought one last week, then use a female to 2 rca adapters if you have the ports on the tv, or just plug them into the headset and this should work, it's all quite simple.

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http://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/video...AudioCable.pdf

$5 lead does the trick
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