November 18, 2019

How to Connect Your Computer to Your TV Set

Maybe you want to enjoy some YouTube or other online video, or perhaps you want to watch your home movies or view your pictures in a more comfortable place than having the whole family crowd around the computer screen.  Or if you’ve just signed up for Netflix and don’t wish to purchase a Roku player at this time.

It’s easy to connect your laptop computer to your TV set and enjoy anything that your computer’s digital media capabilities can handle right on your television screen.  We’ll show you how via a wired connection.

  1. Wired Connection Details – Start by checking which cable you will need to connect your PC to your television.  If you have a High Definition TV, in general you will either need a High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) connection, or a Digital Video Interface (DVI).  However, some HDTVs use Video Graphics Array (VGA).  You will also have to check what connection the PC uses.  If your television uses one type of connection, and your laptop uses another, you will also need an adapter for whatever cable you are using.  Most standard-definition TV sets support S-Video connections.
  2. Turn Off the Computer – Once you have a way to connect the television and laptop together, it’s important to turn off your computer before connecting the TV and the computer via your cable.  Sometimes if you have the computer on first, it might not recognize the TV set as a viable external display.
  3. Select the Input on Your Television – Think of your laptop as just like another one of the devices you connect to your TV set.  For example, if you watch a DVD, you need to select a DVD input on the TV in order to display the media from there.  If you don’t like the picture quality, you can change the display settings through your Control Panel on your laptop.  It’s possible you may also need to update your video card driver.  You’ll need to check the manufacturer’s website to obtain any driver updates for TV compatibility.
  4. Start Surfing – you can either log into whatever stream services account you have, or launch your photograph viewer or media player for your home videos.

This option is probably one of the cheapest, but also not very practical, particularly if you go online a lot and don’t want to sit next to your television while you surf.  However, it’s a good way to check out this technology before taking the plunge into another option.