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How to Connect a PC to an HDMI TV

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There’s a good chance that some day you’ll want to connect your computer to your big-screen TV to make it easier to share either photos you’ve taken or Internet video with guests. HDMI has become the standard type of high-definition connector found on modern TV sets, and many new computers include an HDMI output. The problem is that older computers don’t feature HDMI. 

We’ll approach this problem with two assumptions: one, that you have a desktop computer; and two, that you have a notebook computer.

If you have a desktop computer that does not have an HDMI output, you can install a new graphics card that has an HDMI output. But things will get complicated if the new graphics card doesn’t have an output that matches your monitor (presumably VGA), in which case you’ll simply be swapping one problem for another. To avoid the problem, you’ll have to find a graphics card that has both HDMI and VGA outputs, and preferably an inexpensive one. Because if you set your sights on an expensive graphics card, and if you have to pay someone to install it, you might be better off just buying a new desktop system that already has an HDMI output.

Another way to connect an older desktop computer to the HDMI input of a TV is with an adapter. If your computer has just a VGA output you’ll need a VGA-to-HDMI converter. This type of converter combines a VGA input and a stereo audio input into a single HDMI output that’s compatible with your HDTV set. To use this converter, you’ll need a male VGA to male VGA cable and an audio cable; either a male stereo mini to male RCA or a male RCA to male RCA, depending on the output of your sound card. Of course, you’ll also need an HDMI cable to connect the adapter to your HDTV. If your computer has a DVI output you’ll need a DVI-to-HDMI cable; either that or a DVI-to-HDMI adapter and a standard HDMI cable.

Your options are more limited if you have a notebook computer that doesn’t have an HDMI output because you can’t change the graphics card, and even if you could, you wouldn’t be able to add the HDMI output to the notebook’s chassis. So, your only options are to use a converter as discussed above, or to simply buy a new notebook computer.

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Hello i have a 5 year old PC with with only VGA and DVI outputs. I recently purchased a Samsung Full 1080p LED Monitor but realized my PC does not have HDMI out. If i purchase a VGA or DVI to HDMI cable, will i be getting full HD graphics on my monitor?  

Hi Vic -  

You will get the maximum resoluton that your PC is capable of outputting to the monitor.  If the monitor has up-scaling capabiity than you may be able to view images near the full 1080p that the monitor is capable of displaying.

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Hi I have an older desktop and bought a vga to HDM1 cable.  I plugged in to where my monitor would be plugged into and it into the television with no response. Can you tell me what I need to do?  Thank you

karen

Hi Karen - 

You might need to choose the propoer output from the control panel of your PC and the proper HDMI input port with your remote control for the TV.

Hey. I have a Samsung TV with hiding but my MSI notebook laptop has vga. I have connected them using an vga to converter but it seems not to work. What am I doing wrong please...

Hey. I have a Samsung TV with hmdi but my MSI notebook laptop has vga. I have connected them using an vga to converter but it seems not to work. What am I doing wrong please...

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Hi Keren - 

You may be doing nothing wrong at all.  Today's televisions employ a digital copy protection scheme that may be wrecking havoc with your connection.  You also need to recheck your connections and cables. On your computer, make sue the video output ans audio output are being sent out the VGA connection by accessing your Contol Panel settings on your PC.

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I have PC with HDMI output can I connect to Samsung TV HDMI

Hi DannyMac:

You sure can.  If the HDMI port on your PC is the full size "A type" you can use this type of cable:

http://Pearstone High-Speed HDMI to HDMI Cable with Ethernet - Black, 6' (1.8 m)

If your PC uses the smaller HDMI mini  "type C":

Pearstone High-Speed Mini HDMI (Type C) to HDMI (Type A) Cable with Ethernet - 6.0' (1.8 m)

 I have a picture but no sound, can you help me to fix that problem.

Dannymac.

Hi DannyMac - 

This is probably a Control Panel setting. Make sure your PC embeds audio with the video content.  If you continue to have issues, send us ane-mail to:  AskBH@BandH.com

Thank you Mark. 

Hi, I have connected my pc to tv, picture great very soft sound even when turned right up.

Can any one help please?

Hi Denis - 

The cable or your computer's sound card settings may be an issue.  Please send us an e-mail detailing your set-up and w will be happy to offer a remedy.   E-mail:   AskBH@BandH.com

hi I have a Lg smart tv and i bought a hdmi cable it connects to tv no problem but my packard bell pc has no hdmi port so i bought a 

bought aTech USB to HDMI adapter but my pc wont reconize it have you any idea how to over come this thank you IAN

Unfortunately with the information provided we are unable to troubleshoot. Please send us an e-mail with brand/model of the adapter, computer, and TV to: AskBH@BandH.com

Hi Mark~

My Dell Inspirion 530 purchased in 2009 has a blue socket on its back  and a audio plug. I purchased an VGA > HDMI adapter. The adapter has a male plug that fits correctly into the socket. The audio cord fits correctly into the appropriate female audio jack. The adapter is connected to the HDTV via an HDMI cable. There are 3 inputs to my TV. HDMI1; HDMI2 and RGB-PC. Now: The TV is receiving via an HDMI cable but the TV input must be on RGB-PC to receive the information. The quality on the TV is good, but the videos are clearly not HDMI. What did I do wrong?

~Tom

Hi Tom - 

Your adapter may be making the connection and sending the signal, but your adapter is not upscaling or converting the low resolution VGA signal to an HD 720p or 1080p image.

Hi can you help me I've got a del xp pc tower with a 15 pin female at the back and would like to plug it in my pansonic led tv model TX -P50X60B it has a hdmi port which I want to connect it to my tv so I can use it as a monitor can you tell me wot sort of cable I need to buy for it to work please

Hi Sam - 

Add an HDMI cable of the appropriate length to this adapter:

     Convert your VGA port into an HDMI port with the VGA to HDMI Converter Adapter with Audio from Comprehensive. This plug-and-play adapter supports resolutions up to 1920 x 1080p at 60 Hz. It is equipped with a built-in USB Type A connector and a 3.5mm cable that allows it to transmit audio through the HDMI output. Because the VGA end has a male connector, you won't need an additional VGA cable. Furthermore, it is hot-swappable so you're free to remove and unplug devices without having to power them down.

So I have an HP All in One.  Computer is inside the monitor basically.  Nice touch screen etc.

The problem is...this thing has ONLY an SD Card slot and USB slots, aux ports and an SS port (what is that?).

Is there ANY possible way to connect a second screen to this thing?  I don't need the sound...just the view.  Or is this a lost cause?

Hi Shannon -

From your  description, it doesn't look like a second monitor can be connected.  "SS" is HP speak for "Super Speed" a moniker that HP attaches to their USB 3.0 ports.

Hello I have a VGA to HDMI converter. It displayed the picture the first time the computer was pluged in to it (the converter lit green) but after the pcs was powered down and turned back on there is no picture and the converter dose not light up green. Its done this with two desktops now. Any ideas?

Hi Solipse -

You do not mention what devices are being connected.  Please send us an e-mail withe brand/model of the converter and your connected laptops and devices to: AskBH@BandH.com

hello sir,

i have a samsung hdtv with a single hdmi input port . as described by you that i should have a vga to hdmi connector ,i bought it from amazon.

my cpu has a vga input . when i connect the vga cable to hdmi connector via cpu and connect the hdmi side to my tv , i was unable to see any type of notification . i changed the source to but always shows a message of not connecting device.

what should i do.

thanking you.

It really depends on what you bought from Amazon.  If it's just an adapter, they generally do not work.  You'd need a converter that would convert the analog signal from VGA to a digital signal (HDMI).  Those converters are generally pretty pricey and there are other alternatives like the Newer Tech USB to HDMI adapter.  This is essentially an external video card that connects to your USB port and works very well.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1118172-REG/newertech_nwtvidu3hdm...

sir. this type of converter will work with the two different mediums for conversion.

Hi i have 15 pin male vga to vga male cable but my tv has a hdmi input how can i connect my pc to LG LED TV. Is the vga to hdmi converter mandatory to connect led to pc?
Vga to hdmi is not useful for us?

Hi Sahil -

If your computer has just a VGA output you’ll need a VGA-to-HDMI converter. This type of converter combines a VGA input and a stereo audio input into a single HDMI output that’s compatible with your HDTV set. To use this converter, you’ll need a male VGA to male VGA cable and an audio cable; either a male stereo mini to male RCA or a male RCA to male RCA, depending on the output of your sound card. Of course, you’ll also need an HDMI cable to connect the adapter to your HDTV.

Hii I am Dinesh from Mumbai ,I have an problem ,I have a HCL pc which has vga output and a Lloyd tv which has hdmi input
But when I am connecting them with an adapter I am getting no signal.Should I need to install any driver or not.

Hi Dinesh -

I strongly doubt there are any drivers available for a Lloyd TV.   Without audio, the HDMI input will not make a "handshake" withe computer.

Convert your VGA port into an HDMI port with the VGA to HDMI Converter Adapter with Audio from Comprehensive. This plug-and-play adapter supports resolutions up to 1920 x 1080p at 60 Hz. It is equipped with a built-in USB Type A connector and a 3.5mm cable that allows it to transmit audio through the HDMI output. Because the VGA end has a male connector, you won't need an additional VGA cable. Furthermore, it is hot-swappable so you're free to remove and unplug devices without having to power them down.

Just add an HDMI cable and you should be ready to go!

Bravo_0 ...On the money.

Hi, This Is Abdul rishad from Chennai,
I have desktop pc in Core2duo processor CPU , I'm purchased panasonic LED TV 32 inch Model C400, I want to connect my CPU to my LED TV what I do please help me? My Email id rishadabdul1989@gmail.com...

Hi Abdul -

Your TV should connect  via its HDMI port  from the VGA port on your PC.

KanexPro VGA with RCA Audio to HDMI Converter

I purchased a male to male vga and a Belkin hdmi to vga adapter I have it all hooked up cord wise...but my tv isn't picking it up so I still am unable to watch movies on my tv through my laptop after spending 45 dollars on everything I needed to what am I doing wrong?

Hi Kelly -

Please send us an e-mail with the brand and model numbers of your TV, computer,  the cables, and the adapters. 

Please send to B&H at:  AskBH@BandH.com

In cheapest way

Hi Arjun -

Please send us an e-mail describing the input ports that are available on your TV and the video output ports available on your computer.

Please send to:   AskBH@BandH.com

My cpu dont have a hdmi port and graphic card and my TV have a hdmi port .
Can you help me to connect pc to tv

Hi Arjun -

Please send us an e-mail describing the input ports that are available on your TV and the video output ports available on your computer.

Please send to:   AskBH@BandH.com

i`m looking to hardwire one of the ethernet ports from my router to one on the hdmi inputs on my non-smart tv...is there a specific ethernet-to hdmi adapter cord out there or would i need something more....it`s about a 15 foot run and would only be used to send certain sporting events to my living room t.v occasionally...it wouldn`t be connected constantly .....

it`s roughly a 15 ft run...i`m crrently running a cord from my router to a laptop and connecting the laptop to the tv(just don`t like wireless signals)....

any help is much appreciated......

again,as a computer illiterate i`m pretty sure it`s not as simple as running a cord from the ethernet on my router to the hdmi input on my tv.....i`m not sure such a connector even exists...

but who knows?...i sure don`t...thanks again...

Hi Rocky -

What the article is referring to is "If you have a desktop computer that does not have an HDMI output, you can install a new graphics card that has an HDMI output." You are correct in that an ethernet to HDMI cable is non-existent and nonsensical.  

Hi Rocky -

This cannot happen as you have described. The ethernet output of your router is sending data packets , not a video signal.  It would be like trying to change a pumpkin into a side of beef.

Mark S wrote:

Hi Rocky -

This cannot happen as you have described. The ethernet output of your router is sending data packets , not a video signal.  It would be like trying to change a pumpkin into a side of beef.

that`s what i was looking for.....thank`s for the guidance...the bass ackwards way i do it works fine(was hoping to eliminate a step or two)btw,.....i`m just not happy with the results i get going wireless....

btw,never owned a smart tv....are they usually rigged for hardwiring as well as wireless(is there an ethernet "port" provided  on most smart tv`s)?

thanks again in advance....appreciate your sharing your knowledge with the neophytes...

I have a new samsung smart tv that I would like to connect to my pc. The tv comes with samsungs wireless pc mirroring adapter.

My pc currently has a video card (Ati Radeon HD 4800) with two dvi ports which I am currently using with 2 monitors on my desktop.

What would you recommend I do in order to keep my current pc setup but add the tv connectivity?

edit: The tv adapter uses hdmi...

Hi Dave -

You will not be able to use the wireless capability.  Please send us the TV model number and the type of video outputs still available for use on your PC with the monitors connected to the e-mail listed below.

Please contact us via e-mail:   AskBH@BandH.com

Hi Dave -

You will not be able to use the wireless capability.  Please send us the TV model number and the type of video outputs still available for use on your PC with the monitors connected to the e-mail listed below.

Please contact us via e-mail:   AskBH@BandH.com

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