converters

How Can I Connect an Atari to My TV?

Atari

Episode 1703

Jim from Conroe, TX

Jim wants to know if he can use his old Atari gaming console with his new TV. Leo says there are ways to do it, but he will need a "composite" adapter to do it. Most modern TVs don't have composite inputs anymore. Those are the red, white, and yellow connectors. You may also need an antenna adapter. Jim will need to get a composite to a digital connector which may actually cost more than that old Atari game is worth. But he can get one from Monoprice for under $20. Don't expect great video though. 

How Can I Convert Stereo into Mono?

 PID 7160

Episode 1632

Grant from St. Paul, MN

Grant wants to only hear his headphone sound in mono because he's only got good hearing in one ear. Leo says that PopOS has only Surround and Stereo. But there's bound to be a mono sound driver online somewhere. Probably the easiest way would be to get a hardware option. People used to be able to get one at RadioShack. But sadly, that's in the past. Doctor Mom says that he can make headphones mono with an adapter from Monoprice. Here's how - https://www.cnet.com/news/making-headphones-mono/.

How Can I Get my Photos Off of a Photo CD?

photo CDs

Episode 1572

Don from San Juan Capistrano, CA

Don has some Kodak photo CDs that he'd like to retrieve images from. He heard that Contenta is a good option, but it's pricey and Leo says he shouldn't have to spend any money on it. Unfortunately, photo CDs from the 90s were stored by Kodak in a proprietary PCD format. Leo recommends IrfanView since it can read PCD files. Don should be able to see them, open the files in IrfanView, and get them off into a more palpable format like JPG. But if he can't see them, TedFelix.com says PCD to JPG converter can do it as well.

What electrical adapters will I need overseas?

Episode 1162

John from Austin, TX

John traveled to the UK and he got an inverter that nearly bricked his laptop. Leo says that most of the time laptops don't need a transformer because they're built for a world market. Just a plug converter is needed, or a travel adapter. They're only about $10, even at the airport. He should always look in the fine print of the device. It'll tell him the voltage it can handle.

How can I use an AppleTV on an older TV?

Episode 1044

Gary from Dana Point, CA

Gary has a 3rd Generation Apple TV, but he doesn't have an HDTV with an HDMI connection. Leo says that Gary can get an HDMI to component adapter. Leo advises checking MonoPrice.com.

There's a converter from Gefen, and the KanexPro. It's not cheap, and he will lose some quality. That's why Leo says it might be time to get a new HDTV. A Vizio TV would be affordable and has HDMI.

Are there USB to HDMI converters for streaming video?

Episode 986

Ken from Simi Valley, CA

Ken was streaming video on an older laptop linked to his TV, and the TV gave up the ghost. His new TV has no VGA port. Is there a USB to HDMI converter? Leo says yes, it's an analog converter, but it works. The quality won't be as good and USB isn't all that fast for super high resolution. How can it do that if it's bypassing the video card? Leo says it's done with onboard software.

How can I connect my old laptop to my HDTV?

Episode 978

Paul from Palmdale, CA

Paul would like to connect his old laptop to his HDTV, but he doesn't have a VGA input on his TV. Paul only has a VGA output on his laptop, though. Leo says ideally, he'd want to use HDMI. Many modern laptops can use DLNA or Wi-Fi Direct that plays video over the air. Apple calls their version of this "Airplay". Paul's laptop probably doesn't support it, though.