"I assume that I will have to install a video card with some type of suitable output jack (component, composite, optical or digital)."
Sounds like your current machine is using an onboard video controller (built into the motherboard). Most are not setup for outputting to a TV or HDMI TV controller (digital).
You need to a) find out what type of plug in video adapter your machine supports (PCI (older), AGP (next older), PCI-Express (newest)). You can look at the manual if it came with one or look it up at WWW.hp.com for your make and model.
Then you need to purchase a video card with both RGB (and or DVI) and a TV out connector and software. There are many in Sub $100 to several hundred dollars depending on what your TV needs are. Installing is easy and it will handle both your monitor and your TV.
Some research required past this simple explaination.
I was given a Compaq Presario with Vista Home Premium installed.
I just found out that I can instantly watch a movie from Netflix.
I would rather watch the movie on my TV in the living room.
The only port I can find is the blue one to the monitor, although in another place there is an unused "Line" jack.
I wouldn't mind running a cable to the TV, or switching cables for monitor or TV.
I assume that I will have to install a video card with some type of suitable output jack (component, composite, optical or digital).
There appear to be three individual places to install cards, although all of the USB's,keyboard, mouse, monitor,etc. are on one panel.
Beyond this I am clueless.
I don't do any gaming or anything that would require a topend card; in fact the Netflix movies look fine on my years old 17" CRT.
It's just that sitting in my office chair for a two hour movie is not as good as if I could watch with the surround from my living room couch or recliner.
My problem is that I have NO idea of what I will need to accomplish this; and I won't know if some salesman is taking advantage of my ignorance. (Sad to say, but there are those who would).
I ran Belarc Advisor and under Display it says:
Intel(R)82945G Express Chipset Family [Display adapter]
if that information helps.
I guess that's it. If someone, ANYone can help me with what to buy and where and how (connectors) to put it I will add you to my prayer list.
PLEASE and Thank you,
P.S. I feel funny about adding this:
I live alone, am disabled, my pension doesn't allow many movie rentals, and I am pretty much housebound. That's why this would be a Godsend for me. Thanks again...