posted on Apr, 2 2009 @ 10:04 AM
A VGA cable is definitely the way to go on this one. There is no reason at all to use any kind of a conversion cable as most often when doing this you
will experience some loss of quality. If you have yet to purchase your TV as you say, then just make sure it has a VGA input (most do).
I do think its funny though that you want to use your laptop as a DVD player. I long ago abandoned DVDs when I was looking to make the same switch
you are. Instead now all a use are digital copies. There are so many services out there now that allow you to purchase a digital download of
whatever movie/show you want. The quality is great (especially if you invest the money into a computer just for the TV that has HDMI out). Then you
get full HD for your videos and never have to worry about loosing/scratching discs again. I also ripped my entire DVD collection to digital, and then
just stored the discs away. It took a long time, but the end result of every movie I own being available at my fingertips (USB RF Remote Control), is
so worth it.
Also if you go this route you can have a built-in DVR. No more paying your cable company just to record your favorite shows.
I highly recommend Yahoo Go for TV
(yes I know about ALL the other alternatives). This is VERY
easy to set up, has a built in DVR functionality (although the list video cards supported is kinda short, but if you end up building a system for this
that doesn't matter), has the capability of playing back video files off your PC (all those movies!), and also has mp3 playback, and photo sharing.
The downside is that there is no support for playlists yet.
Its free, and super easy to set-up (I even set it up on my fiance's laptop so she would have an easy way to watch the movies I ripped over the
network), and even has DVD playback if you insist on your disks
Its not often that I would recommend something from Yahoo!, but after trying every other solution out there, this one is definitely worth a look.