How to Connect a Dell Vostro 1500 to a TV

by Solomon Poretsky

Dell marketed the Vostro series of notebooks at the small business market between 2008 and 2013. The Vostro 1500 features a 15.4-inch widescreen display operating at resolutions as high as 1,680 by 1,050 pixels driven by either an on-board Intel graphics processor or optional Nvidia GeForce processor. The Vostro lacks the integrated HDMI ports necessary for high-definition video output but you can instead use an adapter or the notebook's VGA or S-Video connector to hook it up to a TV set.

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Use the Vostro 1500's VGA connector if your TV has a VGA port. To do this, connect a male DB-15 to male DB-15 VGA cable between the two devices.

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Connect a male S-Video to male S-Video cable between your TV's analog S-Video input and the Vostro's S-Video output. This connection method will provide the lowest video quality, but will enable you to connect the Vostro to just about any TV without having to buy additional hardware.

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Give yourself the best possible connection quality by using a video adapter such as a USB-to-HDMI or VGA-to-HDMI adapter. These devices connect either to your computer's USB port or VGA port and convert its video output to an HDMI output which you can then connect to any TV with a HDMI connector. If you cannot make a direct VGA to VGA connection between your Vostro and your TV, this route will also provide the highest possible video quality.

Tip

  • check Connecting a notebook to your TV will output the screen on the TV's display in a process known as "screen mirroring." Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 should automatically recognise your TV’s output settings and adjust accordingly. If this doesn't work correctly, press the Windows key and type Connect to an external display” in the search bar. This will display an options menu where you can alter the display, resolution, orientation and default screen settings to get the best display on your TV screen.

About the Author

Solomon Poretsky has been writing since 1996 and has been published in a number of trade publications including the "Minnesota Real Estate Journal" and "Minnesota Multi-Housing Association Advocate." He holds a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Columbia University and has extensive experience in the fields of financial services, real estate and technology.

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