Well here we are in winter. The days are short and it is a good time to watch movies, if you find good ones . They are few and far between but it is possible. We choose not to have TV reception by way of cable or satellite but we do like to watch DVD’s. We recently figured out how to watch some of the movies we would choose from Netflix online. The problem though was me and my daughters all huddled in the same chair to watch it on the laptop. That was funny. Anyway I finally put things together to be able to watch it on the big screen. Now if you don’t have the same components it might not work the same but it is worth a try to take a look here. I have an HP dv600 laptop and a Toshiba HDTV flatscreen TV we bought last year. Both have a place for an S-video cable. It looks like you would need a 7 pin cable but all I could find was a 4 pin and that works fine. We bought one at Walmart for $6, or you can click here to get one from Amazon. S-Video Cable 12 ft. Gold Plated I simply connected one end to each. Then on the laptop you push the fn button (located bottom left corner next to the ctrl button) and he F4 button (one of your function buttons on the top row). Your screen will go black. It will now be visible on the TV but you my have to choose one of the input options with your remote. If you push the fn and F4 buttons one more time you will be able to see it on the laptop and the TV at the same time. When your movie is ready just click where it says “full screen” and the computer browser look will change and you will have a nice big picture. When you are done you will need to disconnect your cable and push the fn and F4 buttons one more time. We still needed to use computer speakers for sound. Have fun! Here are links for a couple different cables if the s video does not work with your set up.Be sure to check what length you need.
Last night we finally hooked up the laptop to the TV to watch something on Netflix. I will share in another tip how we did that, but in the midst of trying to get it right I hid the toolbars on my browser. I hid the menu bar, navigation toolbar and bookmarks toolbar. That part was easy, just right click on the blank space at the top near the link for help. Then uncheck the toolbars you want to hide and you get a bigger viewing area. But the problem was restoring them. I assumed I would right click up there again and get the option to restore them. I assumed wrong.
I did find the answer though and this is it. While your browser is open use your “alt” key that will restore your menu bar. Then you can right click next to the help link and recheck the toolbars you want to restore. Hope that helps .