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If you're having some trouble getting your PC to TV converter to work, you're in the right place. Here are some installation and troubleshooting suggestions.

Installation:

We'll use the PC to TV converter, part SW-4262 as our main example for installation. There may be some small differences in the installation, which we'll try to cover.

The PC to TV converter, part SW-4262 comes with quite a few cables. We have a diagram below of how to connect them all.

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  1. You first need to plug the 15-pin VGA cable into the red VGA IN port on the adapter and then into the 15-pin VGA output on your computer. On a desktop computer, your monitor is probably already connected to this port. If so, just unplug your monitor from the computer to make room for the converter.
  2. If using an external monitor, plug it into the blue VGA OUT port on the adapter
  3. Take the USB power cable and plug it into the round power plug on the PC to TV converter. Then plug the rectangular end into any available USB port on your computer
  4. Then you need to connect either the yellow RCA cable or the S-video port from the appropriate port on the converter to the same type of port on the TV. Note: you will only use one of these two cables, you will not use both.
  5. If you purchased an audio cable to go with the converter, You'll plug the 3.5mm end into the speaker out or headphone jack on your computer. Then plug the red and white RCA plugs into the red and white jacks that are associated with the video port you're using.

Your PC to TV converter should now be all hooked up properly. Turn on your computer and TV(if they're not already on), set the TV to the proper input, and see if your windows desktop shows up on your TV.

If you're using the Manhattan PC to TV Converter, part SW-4874 the connections are mostly the same. The only thing you'll need to pay attention to is that the VGA IN port that goes to your computer is the port that's on a side all by itself. The VGA OUT port that goes to your monitor is on the same side as the other video output ports.

If you're using the PC to HDTV Converter, part SW-4280 the set up is also a little different. Rather than connecting a USB power cable you just need to have the AC power adapter connected from the converter to an AC outlet on the wall. Then the video connection consists of 3 RCA connections, red, green, and blue, instead of the single video connection used on the other two converters.

Troubleshooting:

  • Problem: Black screen / Colored Bars on screen
    • Make sure cables are all firmly and properly connected per above instructions.
    • Check that the TV is set to the proper input.
    • If you're using a laptop computer, or a secondary output on a desktop computer, you'll need to make sure that output is enabled. This can generally be done through the display settings. On some laptops you must use a hotkey like FN+F4 or FN+F8. The exact hot key will depend on your model of laptop. You should be able to find out how to enable your VGA output by referring to your laptop's owner's manual.
  • Problem: Black and white picture / scrolling image
    • On some models of the PC to TV converters there are a couple of small DIP switches on one end. Make sure those are both flipped down. This sets them to the proper NTSC mode for US TVs.
  • Problem: General Video Trouble
    • The optimum resolution for the PC to TV converters is generally 1024x768 with a refresh rate of 60Hz. Make sure the video signal your computer is sending to the converter matches those settings.

If after this you still seem to be having trouble with your PC to TV converter, please contact our technical support team to see if there's anything more we can do to help you get it working. You can reach them by emailing support@SewellDirect.com or by calling 801-356-3823.