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How To Hookup A Laptop To A TV (With Pictures) by SKAMM(m): 9:43pm On May 16, 2016
Laptops can be more than portable work
computers. By hooking your laptop up to your
TV, you can turn it into a media center,
streaming your favorite Netflix and Hulu
content, as well as playing YouTube videos and
any media stored on your laptop. You can play games on the big screen, or edit a document
without straining your eyes. Follow this guide
to get your laptop hooked up to your TV.

Part One of Two: Connection Basics

#1 Determine which video output port(s) your laptop has. There are several possible types; your laptop may have more than 1. These will be located on the back panel of the
laptop, though occasionally they are located
on one of the sides. If you are attempting
to connect a MacBook to your TV, check out this guide

* A VGA port is roughly rectangular with 15
pins in 3 rows of 5. It's how you connect
your laptop to a docking station.

* An S-video port is circular with either 4 or
7 pins.

* A composite video port is a circular jack,
usually color-coded yellow.

* A digital video interface (DVI) port is
rectangular, with 24 pins in 3 rows of 8. It
is designed for high-definition

* A high-definition multimedia interface
(HDMI) port resembles a USB port, but is
longer and thinner. Available in laptops
since 2008, it is also designed for high-
definition connections.

#2 See which video input port(s) your TV has. This will depend on whether your TV is a
standard-definition or high-definition TV.
Video input ports are typically located on the
back of the TV, but may also be located on
one of the sides.

* Standard-definition TVs usually have
composite video or S-video ports. The
display will not be as sharp as through
your PC's regular monitor, however.

* High-definition TVs may have VGA, DVI or
HDMI ports. VGA connections provide an
analog signal, while DVI and HDMI
connections provide a digital signal of
higher quality.

#3 Get the right video cable to connect your laptop to your TV. If you have multiple options (e.g. VGA, S-video and HDMI), try to
connect using the highest quality connection.
HDMI is the standard for newer laptops and
HDTVs, and will result in the best quality and
least amount of work adjusting settings.

* If your laptop's output port is the same
kind as your TV's input port, get a cable
with the same kind of connector on each

* If your laptop's output port and your
TV's input port are different, you'll need
an adapter cable. Adapters are available
to convert DVI to HDMI or VGA to
composite video. You can also get an
adapter cable to connect your computer's USB port to your TV's HDMI
port if your laptop has no HDMI port.
Converters, especially analog ones,
typically result in a loss of quality, so avoid them if possible.

* Branded HDMI cables are often marked up
to be very expensive, but virtually any
HDMI cable is more than capable of
sending the signals to the TV with no loss of quality.

#4 Obtain an audio cable if necessary. Some computers and high-definition TVs can
connect to the TV's audio and video with a
single cable, while most require separate
audio and video cables.

* If you connect your laptop to your TV via
HDMI, you will not need a separate audio
cable as HDMI carries audio signal as well
as video signal. All other connection
types will require a separate audio cable.

* Your laptop's audio output is a 3.5-mm
jack marked with a headset icon. You can
connect an audio cable from here to your
TV's audio input if it has one or to
external speakers if it doesn't.

* When connecting the audio cable, make
sure that you connect it to audio ports
that match your video input.

Part Two of Two: Connecting the Laptop

#1 Shut down your laptop. For older connections, it is recommended that you
turn your laptop off when connecting to a
TV. For HDMI connections, you do not need to
turn your laptop off.

#2 Connect the video cable to your laptop and TV's video ports.

#3 Set your TV to the correct input. Most TVs have the input connectors labeled to match
the input options on the TV. Switch to the
correct input for the connection to your
laptop. Consult your TV's user guide for
instructions if necessary.

* Your TV will need to be on in order for
your computer to recognize it as a

#4 Turn your laptop on. At this point, the method for enabling the TV display will vary
from system to system. Some will show the
image on the TV immediately, or will have
both screens enabled. Others will not show
anything on the TV yet.

#5 Switch the display to the TV. Many laptops have a “Display” key that can be accessed
with the Fn (Function) key. This key will let
you cycle through the available display
options. You can extend your display to cover
both screens, duplicate/mirror your display
so each screen shows the same thing, or have only one screen enabled (either your
laptop or your TV).

* Windows 7 and 8 users can press the
Windows key + P to bring up the Project
menu, which will allow you to choose your
display preferences.

* If you don’t have access to either of
these options, right-click on your desktop
and select Properties/Screen Resolution.
Use the “Multiple displays” menu to select
how you want your image to be displayed
on the TV.

#6 Adjust the screen resolution if necessary. Oftentimes, your laptop’s resolution and
your TV’s resolution will be different. This is
especially true with older TVs. Right-click on
the desktop and select Properties/Screen
Resolution and select the display that you
want to change the resolution for.

* Most HDTVs can display up to 1920 x 1080,
though some are limited to 1280 x 720.
Both of these resolutions have a 16:9
(widescreen) aspect ratio.

* If you don't see a recognizable image, you
may have to disconnect your laptop
temporarily and adjust your resolution
before reconnecting your laptop to your
TV. If you are switching between one
active display, your laptop will need to have the same resolution as your TV.

7 Adjust your TV’s zoom level. Some TVs will attempt to compensate for different
aspect ratios by zooming the image. If you
find that your screen is cut off around the
edges when you are viewing on the TV, check
your TVs settings to make sure that it is not
zoomed in.

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Re: How To Hookup A Laptop To A TV (With Pictures) by BetaTechnicians: 6:24am On May 17, 2016
also turn your laptop to a TV using a usb dongle

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