How to connect the computer to the TV with an HDMI cable

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How to connect the computer to the TV with an HDMI cable. There are many ways to enjoy your favorite movies and TV series with a broadband connection from the Internet on your computer, which you can buy for a small fee or even for free.


But if you want to enjoy the big screen show in your living room it is possible connect a computer to the TV using an HDMI cable. In this article we will explain you in detail how to connect computer to TV with HDMI cable.



Today it is not a problem connect the TV to a computer with an HDMI cable, as most computers and TVs usually have HDMI ports and therefore you will only have to buy the cable with a connector that fits both ports.

If your computer has a HDMI port, just connect a HDMI cable from the correct length between computer and TV. The cable will be connected to the video card output, it will be a 15 pin VGA port or a DVI 29 pin. If you're lucky, there will be a second door right next door, both DVI and VGA. On newer screens you can also find one HDMI port.


How to connect the computer to the TV with an HDMI cable

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Once you have connected HDMI to your TV and computer, you will need to select the "input source" on the TV screen, i.e. where it receives its data from. On the remote, you need to find a button called "source" or "input".


Likewise, you may need to set your computer resolution so that the picture fits the size of your TV. Connect your computer and configure the new screen, select 'Control Panel' from the 'Start' menu. Then double click on the "View" icon and click on the "Settings" tab.


Your HDMI TV manual indicates which screen resolutions it supports. Set the resolution in the "Settings" tab and then click the "Advanced" button to set the refresh rate.


If you are using an HDMI TV as a second monitor, you need to configure it the way it is used by Windows, according to the instructions for your video card. Most cards offer a 'Clone' or 'Mirror' mode, where both screens show the same content.

Alternatively, there is the 'extended desktop' mode, this option allows each monitor to work independently. If there is no HDMI connection, it will be a little more complicated, but don't worry because we will manage it anyway.

If your computer only has a single video output used for something else, you may need to purchase a new video card. Purchase one with a DVI or HDMI output and install it in an available slot, according to the instructions included.


If you want to use the VGA output of a single display or use a dual output card to control the display in HDMI, you will need to use special equipment to convert the VGA format to the HDMI format.


The price of the converter is almost the same price as a video card. If so, it might be a good idea to upgrade the card to have a DVI or HDMI port available. However, if the output port you choose is DVI, a cheap DVI to HDMI cable can turn your computer signal into the correct HDMI input on your TV.

Connect the HDMI cable from the TV to the computer. If necessary, install the computer adapter. Unless your computer has an HDMI output cable, it must also be connected to the sound card output with the HDMI cable or adapter, because HDMI transmits video and audio.


Restart your computer for the changes to take effect! You are done now you are ready to enjoy your movies and TV series in optimal resolution through your TV.

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