Mattingly Heath posted an update 2 months, 1 week ago
I’m writing this guide after being asked several times on ways to connect a laptop to a TV. People want to achieve this for a number of reasons. First, it’s ideal for presentations at work, school, or home. It’s also convenient for viewing pictures and videos to friends, watching DVDs, in fact it is now even used for viewing Blu-ray along with other hi-def content on the HDTV.
First, we want to make sure you’re getting the most from the laptop with regards to displaying it on the TV.
In case you have an HDTV with HDMI inputs, check if your laptop comes with an HDMI output. If it does, you’re in luck! Your HDTV can display from your laptop in HD resolutions. All you have to is an HDMI cable to connect them. If your HDTVs HDMI inputs are employed up already. An HDMI switch will be the best solution for you personally. We supply switches that may connect around 5 different HDMI sources to 1 1 HDMI input.
Unless you have an HDMI output on the laptop, check if it includes a DVI output. Some ASUS, and Dell laptops have them. If you do, it is possible to connect your laptop to an HDTV with an HDMI to DVI cable. They’re both digital cables so this will produce the same HD resolutions as a standard HDMI cable.
If your laptop does not have HDMI or DVI out, it will have a VGA output. Connecting with VGA is capable of high resolutions. However, different TVs support different resolutions with VGA. You need to check the maximum resolution your TV model supports with VGA.
Pretty much all laptops come with an S-Video output. It will not be as great of an image, but it will certainly get the job done with an S-Video cable.
After you have connected your chosen cable, boot up your laptop and see if it has detected your TV. Or even, you have to get into your display properties and look for the settings that may enable your TV to display from your laptop. Where to find the setting will vary based on your graphics card (just look around). If you are having difficulty getting your TV showing a picture, ensure you have updated the display drivers on your own laptop. Now you’re likely to want sound from something apart from your laptop speakers. To help you elect to output it to your TV, or blast it from your home theater audio receiver.
The simplest way to connect audio to your TV or receiver is through a digital audio cable.
HDMI input laptop Both an electronic coaxial cable or Toslink optical audio cable will work great for crisp top quality audio. Just make sure your laptop has either a digital coaxial or an optical audio output. Some laptops utilize the headphone jack to double as a digital coaxial (S/PDIF) output. If you are using this method, your have to a 3.5mm to RCA adapter with a digital coaxial cable. If your laptop has none of the outputs and you still really want that high quality sound. Don’t worry! You can still get an external (USB) sound card that has digital coaxial out or optical out. I would recommend the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 SB1090 with Toslink Optical audio out.
Another way, which won’t require any add-ons, is to use the headphone (3.5mm) jack on your laptop to the RCA (red and white) inputs on your own TV or receiver. To get this done, all you need is really a 3.5mm to 2 RCA adapter with a 2 RCA audio cable.