There could be a time when you have something on your computer that you’d like to display on your television. It could be that you’ve downloaded a movie or you have a recorded video of friends or family that you’d like to watch on a bigger screen. Modern televisions have the ability to be connected to a desktop or laptop computer. Through that means, your computer acts as a playback device, with the TV in place of a monitor. With the use of an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) cable, we can achieve this relatively easily. Here, we will show you how to connect the computer to TV HDMI in easy steps.
To connect your computer to TV HDMI you’ll be needing:
- A computer that has an HDMI socket
- A TV that has an HDMI input socket
- And an HDMI cable
To successfully connect a laptop to a TV using an HDMI cable, all you would need to do is plug in the smaller end of the cable to the laptop and the other end of the cable to one the HDMI ports on the HDTV. If your computer is running on an up-to-date version of Windows, then once the laptop is switched on and the TV is set to the right HDMI channel, the computer should configure automatically from there on and begin to display the images on the HDTV.
Here is a one-minute video showing the computer to TV HDMI cable that you would need:
If your computer is running on a really old version of Windows, then there’s a possibility that the two devices might not recognize each other automatically. If this happens, there’s no need to panic just yet. You’ll just need to tweak a few settings in the control panel by following these simple steps:
First, Press “Windows-C”, then select “Settings” and then “Settings”, followed by “Control Panel.” Afterward, click “Change display settings.” Your HDTV manual will list the screen resolution supported by the TV, along with the refresh rates. You’ll need to configure the resolution in the “Screen Resolution” window, and then select the “Advanced” button to configure the refresh rate. Lastly, you can reboot your computer to apply the changes you’ve made.
How to connect the computer to the tv without HDMI?
In case you’re using an older laptop that does not have an HDMI port, there’s no need to worry. All you need to do is buy a suitable adapter. This is a (relatively cheap) device that can connect to your laptop on one end, and has an HDMI connection on the other. Whether it’s a DisplayPort Connection or VGA, there are adapters available at any electronics outlet.
Connecting your computer to the HDMI port on your HDTV allows you to view your computer screen contents on a much larger and higher resolution screen. You can also make use of your computer’s broadband Internet connection to watch or stream movies and TV shows directly from the internet on your big screen. Now that you’ve learned how to connect the computer to TV HDMI, you can go ahead and fully enjoy these benefits.