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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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Hi, I have an old desktop that I have had upgraded but has VGA output and I would like to connect to newer TV. I have a VGA- HDMI adapter and have installed but the TV tells me there is no signal. What am I doing wrong. Thanks

Hi Sue!

If your desktop is a bit dated and it only has a VGA output then a VGA to HDMI most likely wouldn't work.  It's because VGA is analog and HDMI is digital and the adapter wouldn't convert the signal.  You would either have to 1) upgrade the video card on your computer with HDMI output or 2) use a VGA to HDMI converter like the one below.  With the converter, you may not get the best picture quality though.

https://bhpho.to/2sBkpPU

Hi, I just connected my old clonker PC to my lovely new full HD TV using a standard VGA to hdmi conversion kit. It works great, streams HD video, gives good picture and sound. Would there be any noticable improvement if I bought a new hdmi graphics card and hdmi cable so the connection is straight through digital to digital ? ie..... is there any loss of quality from the existing graphics card converting from digital to analogue, and then the converter converting back to digital ? By the way the existing graphics card runs HD, so no issues there. Any advice appreciated. Thanks.

Hi Martin - 

You might notice some improvement.  But depending upon the cost, you might consider putting your funds toward a new TV.  There's almost always some degree of signal loss or degradation with most conversion products.

Hello Mark, or someone else, I was wondering how to connect my PS3 Dualshock 3 controller to my monitor. I plugged in my PS3, and it appears on my screen. But I'm not sure how to connect the PS3 controller. Please help a brutha out.

Hi Bob -  

This wireless controller cannot be connected directly to a monitor.  The USb connector is for charging only.  It does not carry any data.

Hello, I have a Gateway smart pc, model # ZX6971, 64-bit with HDMI. I have a smart VISIO TV with hdmi. I purchased the hdmi cable, plugged into pc and tv and changed tv input settings and the only thing I get on my tv is "no signal". Please help me.

Hey Deborah!  Regarding your inquiry, please send an e-mail to pc@bhphoto.com and our tech team will be able to assist you better.

I stopped reading you when I got to
" 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."

Anyone needing help to plug cables or cards is too dumb even to read your atricle and should see a psychiatrist before trying anithing of the sort.

Or even spell article.

Or even spell anYthing...

Let me remind you Andrew...if I may...that not everyone is so bright as you...

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.

Good source of information most of their technicians are well trained and they sell you the right stuff for your needs. Thanks

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.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

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

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