Having problems with your HP Compaq Presario V2000 Notebook ?

Need Help Using the Presario V2000 Expansion 2 Port

\015 I have a Compaq Presario V2000 Notebook. I wanted to connect the laptop to my television. I thought it would be easy enough, but nothing is ever easy 4 me. I can't get an s-video cord because my TV is too old. After looking around the net I came to the conclusion I would need an s-video adapter. One Radio Shack, P.C Richards, Micro Center, Best Buy, and Wal-Mart later, and no luck. For some reason I can't find an S-Video adapter with plugs that match up to the holes on my S-Video port. So I checked the manual for the notebook and it says the only way to connect my laptop to and "old" TV (red, white, yellow plugs for sound and video) is to get the HP XC2000 All In One Media Cable. I was ecstatic until I went to try to order it and there was a little asterisk next to my model number. Long story longer, the cable will only work if I have the Expansion 2 productivity port. How do I know if I have it??? (I called HP, but I ended up on the phone for about 2 hours with 3 different people who were very, very nice, but weren't much help).There is a thing that looks like a little door on the left hand side of the laptop (which in the manual is labeled the Expansion port), but I see no clear way to open it, and I don't want to pry it open ad break the laptop. Any help would be great :) Thanks...\015

Answers :

If you have a little plastic cover where the Expansion Port 2 should be, then your specific model doesnt have the port. i know what you mean, when I got my first V2000 i thought the same thing, that there is a port hiding there. my second V2000 had the expansion port instead of the cover. so did my V5000.

If you have an S-Video jack on your V2000 (i guess you do?) then you can make an S-Video > Composite (yellow video jack) adapter. it involves cutting open both an S-Video cable and a composite cable and wiring the ends together. Both the red and white wires inside of the S-Video cable get connected to the center pin/wire of the composite cable, and shield/ground wires get hooked to eachother. your laptop should detect the TV as an S-Video connection even though the laptop is now putting out a composite signal. there btw is no danger of shorting out the laptop or the TV, because we are dealing with analog signal wires with little actual electrical current. you may get weird lines and/or a black and white picture if not done correctly. so just double check your connections, and reboot the laptop with the TV connected and on a few times, and it should be working in full color.

one more thing, if you do not want to go splicing cables, you should be able to use an S-Video > composite adapter that came with an Nvidia/ATI desktop graphics card. its the same thing.
You can get s-video to scart connections;and if youve no scart you can connect s-video to phono....thats ur red,yellow n white audio / video plugs.yellow=video...white/red=left/right audio.
\015\012if you download a service manual it shows the pinout for s-video connections making it able to connect phono's.you only need the yellow and either red or white cos pc only outputs mono to tv.
\015\012there are also wireless systems you can get though never tried them.
\015\012you could also connect to another monitor,just plug the monitor into the back of pc(ext)only go into on place one way so no prob there.if no picture on ext monitor u need to switch screens
\015\012(alt+f 4)usually.press together once switches to ext mon,press together again enables both screens,and again returns to pc.
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