I have an old computer that I've loaded the latest Ubuntu on and it's running fast and smooth. I saw a great deal on a 32inch TV that I want to use as a monitor. I looked for a VGA to HDMI monitor converter. The thing is, I keep seeing some people say they work great, but others say they do not work at all. I have read some reviews and they say that I would need some special converter box. Not sure which would be the best way to go, or if there IS a best way to go. Anybody have any experience with this?
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I have a setup like you want, StaggerLee, but I don't have a converter. I have a cable that connects from the laptop VGA to the TV VGA. The cable is the same at each end, kinda trapezoidal with the screws on either side to tighten the connection. For the audio, we used the cord I had used to connect my iPod to my car stereo. It's connected from the laptop headphones input to the "VGA audio in" on the back of the TV. My TV has a mode to switch to VGA, and that's all I have to do to get the laptop to display on the TV.
There are programs you can use to try and retrieve the data, yes. Can't think of a name of one at the moment, but there are definitely free ones out there. Do a search for recover deleted files or something like that.