With the rise of technology and use of the internet there are many ways to enjoy your favorite movies or TV shows with a broadband internet connection. Most of these ways are fairly cheap or even free to watch but without a new high-tech TV, which costs thousands of dollars. You are confined to watching them on your laptop or home PC. Watching TV in your home office is obviously not the most enjoyable experience compared to your your living room TV, this is the reason you have a TV after all. This guide will show you how to connect your PC to a HDMI TV for your personal enjoyment.

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Things You Will Need

  • A TV with HDMI connections

  • A computer with HDMI connections, or adapter

  • A HDMI cord, or additional sound cords if needed

  • A wireless keyboard/mouse (optional)

Step 1

Turn off your computer and turn it around to see the back panel. Follow the cord that comes out of the back of the monitor and connects to your PC. This should be connected in your video card to either a 15-pin VGA port or a 29-pin DVI port. If you are lucky there will be a second port right next to it. If you are even luckier there will be a HDMI port on your video card. This is where you plug in the HDMI cable or adapter. Most newer computers or video cards have the HDMI port.

Step 2

Connect your HDMI cable from the TV to your computer. If you need an adapter or converter this is when you hook it up. Unless your computer had the HDMI output, cords will also need to be connected from the sound card output to the HDMI video cable or adapter. This is because HDMI carries both video and audio signals.

Step 3

Turn on your PC and configure the new display device. From the Start menu, select your Control Panel. Double click the Display icon and then select the Settings tab. The manual for your HDMI TV will list the screen resolutions is supports, as well as the refresh rates. Configure the resolution in the Settings tab to match your TV and then click the Advanced button to set the refresh rate. If you are using the TV as a second monitor, you will have to configure how it is used by Windows, following the instructions to your video card. The most common options are a Clone or Mirror mode, where both screen display the same content. There is also the Extended Desktop mode that can be used so that there is basically to independant monitors.

Step 4

You may need to reboot your PC before the changes are applied, if so, pop some popcorn and prepare to relax on your COUCH watching your favorite movies or TV shows on the HDMI TV.
The first time you do this it may take a little thought and time setting up but after that it will become very easy for you to make the connections to enjoy your nice television.

Tips & Warnings

This is also a great way to add a second monitor to your PC or just a normal monitor for your laptop.