Many Dell computers use a 7-pin S-Video connector that, unlike those found in virtually all other computers, do use all 7 pins. The additional three pins conduct a special digital audio signal called SPDIF Digital Audio, used by some receivers.  The digital SPDIF audio connects to a black RCA connector on your receiver. Unless you have a component that uses this special digital audio signal you do NOT need a 7-pin connector of any type.  Our S-Video connector with 4 pins fits 7-pin sockets just fine, and that's all you need.

If you do have digital SPDIF audio, you have to use a special adapter from Dell to "break out" the two signals.  If you have trouble getting this adapter, my converter has been reported to work fine for the Dell systems listed below.  As with other computers, you'll need to use a separate pair of cables to connect the audio output of your computer's headphone jack to the red/white stereo RCA audio IN connectors of your TV or other component.  In addition, redirecting output can be tricky, depending on what Dell model you have.

The following Dell Support documents have additional information: TT1040012, 1018856, 1049971

At this time, each of these documents can be viewed at the links above, but Dell may change the links at any time.

Latitude CPt C
Latitude CPi R
Latitude CPx H
Latitude CPx J

Latitude CPt
Latitude C600
Latitude C800
Latitude C810
Latitude C820

Inspiron 2500
Inspiron 3700
Inspiron 3800
Inspiron 4000
Inspiron 4100
Inspiron 5000
Inspiron 7000
Inspiron 7500
Inspiron 8000
Inspiron 8100
Inspiron 8200
Inspiron 500m
Inspiron 600m
Inspiron 1100
Inspiron 5100


Once you've connected your S-Video converter, you may need to take a couple additional steps.

First, make sure you have the latest drivers for your video card installed. This is particularly important for Windows XP. You can find the drivers you need at your video card vendor's Web site, or at

Next, use the Windows Display Control panel. Click the Settings tab, and then click the Advanced tab. There should be another tab (it varies from video card to video card) with a choice for switching output of your laptop from the internal screen to the S-Video port. Once you do that, you should see a display on your TV. It's important to do this because if you don't redirect output, you may see the video display both on your monitor and on your external TV, etc. While that sounds like a good idea, in many cases, Windows Media Player and many DVD applications won't display their output on the external TV if both displays are active at once.

Also make sure the cable is plugged into the yellow RCA video IN jack of your TV. Make sure the TV is switched to AV input instead of cable/antenna.

A very small number of video cards must be switched to 800 x 600 resolution in the Settings tab for the S-Video display to work. Most do not need this step.

If none of these work, give me more information on your equipment and exactly how you're hooking it up and I may have more suggestions.

Some video cards, such as the Chaintech A-GT61 GeForce 4 Ti 4600 card, are furnished with an S-Video in/out dongle. This is a two-headed cable that plugs into the S-Video port (located in the middle between the 15-pin VGA port at the top of your card, and the DVI-I port at the bottom of the card.) The dongle allows you both to output your card's S-Video output to another component, as well as to capture S-Video input on your computer. Once you've plugged the dongle that came with your card into the S-Video port, my cable plugs into the OUTPUT connector on the dongle.

Any additional information we receive will be posted here.

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