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This article teaches you how to connect your PC to a TV using an HDMI cable. Connecting your PC to your TV will enable you to display your computer screen on your TV, so you can watch movies or browse the internet on the big screen. All you need to connect the two devices is an HDMI cable.
What is HDMI?
HDMI provides a near-universal standard for sending video and audio from one device to another. It’s a single, relatively thin cable that doesn’t get tangled as easily as previous standards, and has full support for high-definition images. As well, it has been designed to be bi-directional, meaning the display will talk to your device or computer, and tell it what resolutions it can support, what color depth is provided, and a myriad of other features your device can use. PC to a TV using an HDMI cable
Unlike previous standards, HDMI provides a way for both audio and video to be sent by one cable, greatly simplifying setup of home theater equipment, or, when you want to connect your computer to your Television to watch a streaming movie, show family snapshots, or show a presentation at work.
#1. Connecting the PC to the TV
- Connect one end of the HDMI cable to the PC. The HDMI slot is usually behind the CPU if you have a desktop computer, or on the side of a keyboard on a laptop.
- Some PC’s may use a regular HDMI port, while others will use an HDMI mini or MiniDisplay port.
- For HDMI mini and MiniDisplay cables, one end of the cable should be an HDMI mini or MiniDisplay cable which you can plug into your computer, and the other end should be a regular sized HDMI cable.
- Not all computers have an HDMI port. Some older computer may use a VGA or DVI cable. You can connect these to the HDMI port of a TV using an adapter and a separate audio cable. If you are using a laptop that does not have an HDMI or other video-out port, you can purchase a USB-to-HDMI adapter. You may need to install additional software on your PC.
- Connect the other end of the cable to the TV. Find a free HDMI port on your TV and connect the other end of the cable to it. The ports are usually numbered and labeled with “HDMI”.
- Make a note of which HDMI port you are connecting to.
- Make sure you purchase an HDMI cable that is the right length needed to connect from your PC to your TV. Measure the distance if needed.
- Use the TV remote to select the HDMI source on the TV. Look for a button on the TV or remote that says “Source”, or “Input” or something similar. Use this button to select the HDMI port you connected your PC to.
- After connecting the PC and TV together, sometimes the TV will automatically display what’s on your computer monitor. If it is blank, use Method 2 to detect your TV in Windows 10.
- Use the number labels on the HDMI ports to help you find which HDMI source your computer is connected to.
#2. Detecting Your TV in Windows
- Click the Start menu on your PC. This is usually found in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. It has an icon with the Windows logo. This displays the Start menu.
- Click the Settings icon. It’s the icon that resembles a gear. It’s on the left side of the Start menu.
- Click System. It’s the first option in the Windows Settings menu. It’s next to an icon that resembles a laptop computer.
- Click Display. It’s the first option in the sidebar menu to the left. This displays your Display settings.
- Scroll down and click Detect. It’s at the bottom of the Display Settings menu. Windows will detect any connected displays.
- Adjust the resolution as needed so it looks good on your TV. If you have an HDTV, select 1920 x 1080 in the “Resolution” drop-down menu. If you have a 4K TV, select up to 3840 x 2160 or highest possible resolution in the “Resolution” drop-down menu.
Other Connection Types
Along with HDMI, there are a large number of other types of connections available and in use by computers right now. Many are compatible with a simple cable or adapter, while others require converters.
In most cases, DisplayPort is easily adaptable to HDMI. Cables are simple, and sold online and in larger computer-related stores.
One of the first digital formats available to computers to talk to monitors. Rare on laptops, but somewhat prevalent on desktops. Easily adapted to HDMI either through an adapter or a cable.
While encountered regularly, VGA is not a digital format; it’s analog. You will need special converter box.
Rarely encountered on computers, but found commonly on many other components. Again, this is an analog format, and will require a special converter box.
Used mostly by Apple Mac, the Thunderbolt port requires an adapter or dongle to use an HDMI cable.
Again, used by Apple Mac, and requires an adapter or dongle to connect to HDMI.