How to connect a computer to a TV

Want to show off your latest vacation photos, play video games or browse the web on a huge screen?

How about accessing all of the “smart” features of the latest and greatest TVs without spending money on a new TV?

You could buy one of the many media streaming boxes that have flooded the market in recent years.

But what if you could use something that is more powerful and has less limitations? What if I told you you’ve probably have one already?

Connecting a PC to a TV is easy, and there are a ton of good reasons to do so.

You’ll need:

1.a  computer with an HDMI ‘out’ socket, a sound card and a video card

2.a TV with an HDMI input socket

3.an HDMI cable to connect the two.

Connect via HDMI

Hands down the easiest way to connect your PC to your HDTV is via an HDMI cable.

HDMI carries both video and audio at the same time, eliminating the need for more than one cable.

In addition to less wire clutter, HDMI supports 1080p resolution, otherwise known as high definition, allowing you to take full advantage of your TV.

Connecting your PC to your TV with an HDMI cable is easy.

Simply run the cable from the HDMI output port on your PC to a free HDMI input on your TV, and you’re in business.

How to Display Your PC’s Screen on Your TV

Whether you are using an HDMI cable or a VGA cable in conjunction with a 3.5mm audio cable.

The following steps will walk you through how to get your PC on your TV.

1.Connect the HDMI cable or the VGA/3.5mm cable to your PC and your TV.

2.Switch on your PC and your TV.

3.Select the input (HDMI/VGA) that corresponds to your PC through your TV’s AV menu.

4.Your PC’s screen should now be displayed on your TV.

If your display does not have an HDMI connector, see My display does not have an HDMI connector.

 in the Troubleshooting section.To connect the display using an HDMI connection (and HDMI cable):

  1. Shut down the computer. Turn off the monitor or TV.
  2. Connect an HDMI cable to the computer and to the display.
  3. Turn on the display, and select the HDMI input as the input source to view.
  4. Turn on the computer.

instructions to connect your computer to your television

Follow these step-by-step

1: Place your laptop near the television or ensure that your desktop computer is located close enough to reach it via the HDMI cable.

Make sure that both your computer and your TV are turned off.

S 2: At the back of your computer is an HDMI socket (see right). It looks a bit like a USB socket but isn’t rectangular. It will be labelled ‘HDMI’

The HDMI cable is the same at each end (see left). It doesn’t matter which end you plug into your computer. Plug one end in now.

3: There’s a flap on the front or side of your TV or on the back near the power cable. Under it, you’ll find all sorts of buttons and input sockets.

Plug the other end of the HDMI cable into the TV via the HDMI socket you’ll find under the flap.

4: Turn on your TV. Use the ‘AV’ button on the remote control to select the AV input ‘PC’.

5: Turn on your computer. It will now carry out a ‘handshake protocol’ with your TV.Your TV will feed information to the computer about the format it needs in order to accept video.

You should see the information from your computer appearing on your TV screen. You may need to agree a couple of changes on your computer.

Use your mouse or touchpad to click on the buttons in the usual way.

6: Your TV is now your computer screen. Make sure you select the ‘Full screen’ option on your computer.

7: Start the film you want to watch. Move the mouse pointer off the screen so that the ‘Play’ and ‘Pause’ buttons don’t clutter it up.

But don’t worry – if you move the mouse again, they’ll reappear.

8: When the film has finished, close the file that contained the film or video and shut down your computer. Unplug the HDMI cable and select a different input on your TV’s ‘AV’ button.

Unplug the HDMI cable and select a different input on your TV’s ‘AV’ button.

Follow these steps to connect a laptop to your TV wirelessly


Updated: May 3, 2019 — 10:23 am

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