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How to Connect Laptop to TV

How to Connect Laptop to TV

TV provides the comfort of watching at a distance while sitting comfortably on sofa. It enhances viewing experience with its superior Audio experience. You may like to watch the contents of your laptop on TV for a better viewing experience. There are couple of different ways of connecting your laptop to TV. Here is how

1 If your laptop has an HDMI output and your TV has a HDMI input, it is easy. All you need to do is to connect the TV and the laptop using an HDMI cable. You can purchase the HDMI cable at ebay or amazon or Walmart. The bundles of 4 HDMI cables can be found cheaper at ebay.
2 If your laptop does not has an HDMI output it is likely to have VGA connector. The VGA connctor is a blue connector with 15 pins in 3 rows. Connect the VGA connector on the TV with the VGA connector on the laptop using VGA cable. VGA cable is the same cable that connects the LCD monitor to a desktop.
3 If you connect the TV using a VGA cable, you may also need to Audio using a 3.5 mm Audio ( laptop end) to RCA connection on the TV.
4 Select the appropriate input on the TV to be able to view the content.
5 On the laptop there are some special button marked to enable the display of the content of the laptop on the HDMI or the VGA output. Refer to the laptop manual. It is typically done with a function fn button plus one of the buttons on F1 to F12 ( that has a rectangle mark) on the keyboard.
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  1. Hawaii
    May 18th, 2011 at 17:36 | #1

    I have an old Tv that has neither the HDMI nor the VGA. How do I connect it to my laptop ?

  2. Zambezi
    May 27th, 2011 at 22:44 | #2

    How can you connect an HDMI cable to TV while sitting on couch ? The distance is usually long and the HDMI cable will not reach upto the TV in most cases.

    A long HDMI cable may be a solution. Not sure if I can get one on ebay. But let me check.

    A good post though.