Enabling composite TV Out on a Sony PCG-F580 Laptop under Windows XP
Posted on 2008-11-10
I have an old Sony PCG-F580 laptop. It has a 3.5 mm TV Out jack on the side next to the headphone and microphone jacks.
I'm trying to get it hooked up to a TV. I tried two different adapters so far. One is a three wire connector from a Sony video camera. The other is a stereo headphone to RCA jack adapters. I can't get TV out to work no matter what I try. I've used every plug on both connectors, but still can't get a signal. I installed the hotkey utility and hit the TV button on the FN keys (it beeps, but doesn't do anything). I have the video driver from Sony's website that includes options for TV (though the TV out option is disabled).
Am I using the right adapter, or do I have to find a 3.5mm to RCA mono adapter? Once I do that, how do I get the driver to output video to the TV? Does it even work under XP, or do I need to roll back to Windows 98 (the original OS for this laptop)? Thanks.