Laptop to Sony TV, VGA to HDMI converter, getting no signal on TV, Laptop doesnt see TV

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I have a dell laptop that was connected to a sony bravia TV by VGA cable and worked fine. I upgraded the TV to a sony bravia xbr43x800e that only has HDMI. Ive bought 2 different vga to hdmi converters and tried both and I get no signal to the TV. I tried the HDMI cable on something else and it works. I checked the HDMI plug with Blueray and it works. The computer also doesnt see the TV and it isnt listed in the nvidia control panel like it did with the last TV. The computer is set at native 60 hrz, 1920 x 1200. I dont know what else to do and since ive used 2 different model converters Im thinking it isnt a bad converter, any help?
 
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Helpstar Im running winxp on this old laptop but that isnt the problem it was the converters as I supposed. I bought the CE TECH converter off ebay , plugged it in and rebooted my computer. opened Nvidia Control Panel, and under Set Up Multiple Displays i found an option for Viewsonic. When i selected it the TV finally showed the laptop.
Now I had done these same steps with the other converters but they never showed any other options in Multiple Displays. It didnt list my Sony but I guess when you use a converter it shows an entry for the converter. So just as I had initially said , no bad cables and everything was installed correctly and setup properly, thanks for the help everyone but I had to solve it myself, by trying a 3rd converter. I just wonder how they are selling all these other models I tried and they failed, and not getting bad feedback on ebay. I opened a case on each and got my money back.

BTW how do you mark a post SOLVED? It seems dumb that the only Green"Pick as the Solution" buttons are on others posts and not on the original poster.
 
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Really, did you even read what I wrote?
Now regarding what converters, i tried a mini-converter and a normal size one both generic, regarding brands. The mini has a USB for power and the other has a dedicated power supply. That's VGA in and HDMI out, pretty simple. I did try reducing the res to 1920x1080 60 hrz to no avail. The main problem i see is that the laptop isnt seeing the TV at all, like it did when the VGA cable was connected directly. Until i can get it to show up I cant configure it in the multiple monitors through Nvidia control panel.
 
press hotkey "windows" + "P" to clone your desktop to the external

Does the laptop with the used converters work together with other monitors or TVs? Some of these converters are fake, that´s why we ask for the links you bought these from.

The source of the TV is set to the correct HDMI port? Did you try all HDMI ports on the TV?

Is the firmware of the TV up to date?

Did you connect the USB cable to power the convertes into the TV or the laptop?

set the resolution to 1920x1080 @60Hz

 

Corwin65

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Actually I did. Which is why I took the time to try to research your problem, provide you with a link, and ask for specifics regarding what cables/converters you are using.
 
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"used converters", when did i ever say they were used? They are new. I have no other tv's and my monitor has a DVI connection, so i have nothing else to attach them to. I got both off ebay and there are a ton of both of these on there and I bought both from sellers with better than 99% feedback.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Mini-VGA-To-HDMI-HD-1080P-HDTV-Video-Audio-Converter-Box-Adapter-For-PC-Laptop/351966129720?hash=item51f2d0ee38:g:8xwAAOSw44BYh~cQ
The above is just like the one I bought but that listing is no longer available.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/142657861223?ul_noapp=true
As I stated "I checked the HDMI plug with Blueray and it works" so i know the port Im using is good, though i did switch around HDMI cables and ports but it made no difference.
When you setup a new SONY it updates the firmware.
On the one with the USB i tried both the TV and the Laptop as well as a plug-in power supply, both converters light up when powered.
I already stated that i set the res to 1920x1080 60 hrz, i also tried several other res. but the converters both say they support 1920x1080 60 hrz.
As i previously said I know the VGA & HDMI cables, the HDMI port and the laptops ability to see a TV(from previous TV) work. The fact that the laptop isnt seeing this TV leaves only the converters preventing the signal from going thru the cables or something about the TV. Ive seen plenty of others with this problem but their computers all see the TV and it comes down to something like res. or Hrz. or bad drivers.
UPDATE: I hooked up another laptop that had an HDMI port and its screen showed on the TV, so the TV isnt the problem and it again confirmed the HDMI cable works.
 
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I just removed it from my previous TV where it worked fine. What do you know of the converters ive bought(refering to the links)? Is there one you know works?
 
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No, none of the pins are broken.
As I said 4 times already, I just removed it from another sony bravia TV where it was working fine, with THIS computer. I disconnected it from that TV and hooked it up to my converter going to my new TV, nothing worked and then I hooked it up to the 2nd converter which also didnt work. Please read what a person has written before asking questions.
The laptop is a Dell D820.
I found a converter with a brand name on it, anyone know if its known for quality? It's CE Tech? Its actually in a blister pack instead of loose.
 

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Just in case you haven't resolved this problem. I do this with a MacBook Pro, but the process should work the same for you. I actually connected the MacBook to my Sony Bravia via Bluetooth as well, though that shouldn't be necessary. I do have an HDMI cable plugged into an extension on my laptop, then to the Sony. If you have the laptop open, the sound will play from your laptop, that annoys me as the sound is better on my Sony, so the trick is to leave the laptop closed when you begin - I've got a wireless mouse and keyboard to wake the laptop with. Sometimes, still, you need to go into settings on the laptop and select the Sony as the output device.

So, the Sony is smart. But the way I get to the laptop is just using the input on any of my remotes, the Blu Ray player, the Sony remote or even my cable remote. You should see your devices in that list, just pushing input until you get to your laptop should do the trick. I know it sounds simple and it really is, I'd think it would work the same way with a Dell as a MacBook though.
 
Did you try the hotkey <Fn>+<F8> ?

Did you update your laptop to windows 10? If yes, it might be heplful reinstalling video drivers because Windows 10 installs drivers automatically, which could lead to problems like yours.

Plug in the converter while the laptop is powered off. Power in after you connected the TV.
 
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Helpstar Im running winxp on this old laptop but that isnt the problem it was the converters as I supposed. I bought the CE TECH converter off ebay , plugged it in and rebooted my computer. opened Nvidia Control Panel, and under Set Up Multiple Displays i found an option for Viewsonic. When i selected it the TV finally showed the laptop.
Now I had done these same steps with the other converters but they never showed any other options in Multiple Displays. It didnt list my Sony but I guess when you use a converter it shows an entry for the converter. So just as I had initially said , no bad cables and everything was installed correctly and setup properly, thanks for the help everyone but I had to solve it myself, by trying a 3rd converter. I just wonder how they are selling all these other models I tried and they failed, and not getting bad feedback on ebay. I opened a case on each and got my money back.

BTW how do you mark a post SOLVED? It seems dumb that the only Green"Pick as the Solution" buttons are on others posts and not on the original poster.
 
Thanks for the feedback.
Could you link the ce tech converter?

Pick as the solution buttons won´t work/ show on your own posts, someone else have to pick the solution for you. Which in this forum mostly moderators will do.
 
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