Toshiba 14.1 TFT XGA LCD MODULE - TECRA S1 (V00002008006) PC Notebook

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Chapter 3

Connecting Other

External Devices

This chapter describes how to connect devices that can increase the capabilities of your Satellite computer.

Using external display devices

Your computer comes with a built-in LCD display, but you can also connect three different types of external display devices to one of two available video ports:

A television via the video-out (composite) port.

A video display device, such as a video projection unit, via the video-out (composite) port.

An external monitor or projector via the RGB (monitor) port.

Connect a television, video projector, monitor or other display device and then configure your computer for the type of device you’re connecting. To do this, refer to the documentation for your operating system and devices.

Connecting the display device

If you’re connecting a television or other video display device

to the computer’s video-out port, first refer to “ Selecting

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video cables ” below for guidelines on choosing a video cable,

then refer to

“Connecting to the video-out (composite) port” on page 65 .

If you’re connecting an SVGA monitor, skip to

“Connecting an external monitor or projector” on page 66 .

Selecting video cables

To connect a device to the video-out port, you’ll need to purchase a composite video cable. For the best video quality, always use a properly shielded cable.

HINT: Toshiba recommends using a cable no longer than

20 feet (approximately 6 meters).

Using a poor quality cable may result in a dull or fuzzy picture, poor color, ghosting, video noise, or loss of video.

Connecting to the video-out (composite) port

NOTE

Video cables are not included with your computer. To connect a device to the video-out port, you’ll need to purchase a composite video cable.

1

Connect one end of the video cable to the external video device.

Refer to the documentation provided with the device for the location of its video-in port.

2

Connect the other end of the video cable to the video-out port on the left side of the computer.

3

Turn on the external video device.

4

Set the display mode by pressing

Fn + F5

, or by setting the

Display Properties settings. For more information, see

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“Directing the display output when you turn on the computer” on page 66 .

Connecting an external monitor or projector

You can easily attach an external monitor or projector to your computer if you need a larger screen. To do this:

1

Connect the monitor’s video cable to the RGB port on the back of the computer.

2

Connect the device’s power cable to a live electrical outlet.

3

Turn on the external device.

4

Set the display mode by pressing

Fn + F5

, or by setting the

Display Properties settings. For more information, see

“Directing the display output when you turn on the computer” on page 66 .

Directing the display output when you turn on the computer

Once you’ve connected an external display device, you can choose to use the internal display only, the external device only, or both simultaneously. The quickest way to change the display output settings is to use the display hot key (

Fn

+

F5

):

1

While holding down

Fn

, press

F5

repeatedly until the setting you want takes effect.

This hot key cycles through the settings in the following order:

Built-in display only

Built-in display and external device simultaneously

External device only

Built-in display and TV (or other external video device) simultaneously

TV (or other external video device) only

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2

Release the

Fn

key.

TECHNICAL NOTE: You can also change these settings using the Display Properties Box.

For more information on switching the display output, see

“Display modes” on page 244 .

Adjusting the quality of the external display

To obtain the best picture quality from your television (or other video display device), you may need to adjust the video settings. See the video device documentation for additional configuration steps.

TECHNICAL NOTE: In order to use one of the simultaneous modes, you must set the resolution of the internal display panel to match the resolution of the external display device.

The external display device must support a resolution of 640 X

480 or higher.

Video limitations

Keep in mind that the quality of the display will be limited to the capabilities of the external video device.

If the external video device, such as an SVGA monitor, is capable of displaying at a maximum resolution of 640 x

480 and your system is set for a higher resolution, only part of the desktop will appear on the screen. You can view the “lost” area by scrolling to it.

Since most televisions and video projectors overscan by

15 to 20 percent, some of the desktop will be outside the viewing area. You can view the edge of the desktop by scrolling to it.

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