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How to Connect a PC to an HDMI TV

         

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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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hi, after some technical knowledge on if it is possible to use a hdmi to usb cable to transport signal from my virgin TiVo box to my panasonic dvd recorder?

Currently I use scart to scart but lose all HD etc as there is no hdmi in on the recorder (all due to copyright). So Im just exploring other transportation methods, if anyone has any opinion or information would be greatly recieved.

Hi Steve -

These components will not offer this type of connectivity.  You will need to connect via analog (composite, component AV) cables.if these connections are available on your components.

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Hi. Is there a way how to utilise usb ports on smart tv for my pc? Example : pc in other room, connected by hdmi, but i can't use wireless dongle for my pc mouse and keyboard without running extension usb cable from downstairs.

Hi Pav -

The USB ports will not connect to your computer.  You should consider using a wireless HDMI extender:

Take your wireless home entertainment and multi-room enjoyment to new heights with the Wireless HD Digital Kit from IOGEAR. This innovative transmitter and receiver pair are capable of streaming uncompressed full HD 1080p video with support for the latest 3D movie content along with 5.1 digital surround sound audio up to 100 feet away within the home, through walls and ceilings for your desired setup.

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I want to connect a Win7 desktop PC containing 2 Radeon HD5750's in a Crossfire configuration to a 50 inch Vizio SmartTV (I wish to use both monitors even though the screen resolutions are quite different).  Each Radeon HD5750 has two DVI ports, 1 Display Port port and 1 HDMI port per card.

1)  Are there any issues or problem I need to be aware of?

2)  Should I connect the Vizio and my current pc monitor (an HP2011) to separate cards (or into the same card)?

3)  What concerns should I have about wattage requirements of the video cards on the PSU?

4)  Is there any advantage to connecting PC to Vizio via a DVI-to-HDMI cable or via a HDMI-to-GDMI cable?

You should not see any issues with that configuration. All displays will need to be plugged into the first card, and each can have its own resolution. In terms of power you will need a 600 Watt power supply, and two 6-pin. You will see the same resolution, and video quality with either DVI, or HDMI. HDMI however will also send audio, where DVI will not. Please note that if you use a DVI to HDMI cable you will not transmit audio either.

I have a TV monitor with three lines (2 video and 1 audio) for MDMI input,  want to connect to a PC MDMI output cable.

Where can I find this adapter.

Hi Husobadao -

Based on your description, a single HDMI cable should work for you:

High-Speed HDMI to HDMI Cable with Ethernet from Pearstone

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I have woindows xp pavillion tower 2005 n im trying to connect to a newer vizio t.v through hdmi. I bought the belkin hdmi to vga projector adapter n hooked it up but keeps reading no signal

The Belkin HDMI to VGA Projector Adapter converts HDMI to VGA not the other way around.  If you want to convert the HP’s VGA port to HDMI, I would suggest the StarTech VGA to 1080p HDMI Adapter with USB Audio & Power (10.2").  It would also push audio from the USB port through HDMI. 

I have pc with out graphics card only VGA port and i want to connect with my samsung 32" led tv which has HDMI port how can i connact it

I want to connect a Sony HDTV (through one of its 2 hdmi ports) to a newer laptop running Windows 10. When i hook up the hdmi cable to each, and go thru the input selecton (1-8) i get a "No Signal" message on a black screen when on "PC" input.  Any suggestions? Maybe the TV's hdmi ports are not working? The tv is about 8-10 years old. thanks.

Simply use VGA a VGA cable and use your computers external speakers

so i have an old hp with a vga connection and i have a new smart tv with hdmi ports.  I bought a small converter and I am getting no picture from the desktop to the new samsung tv.  I am only getting recognition that the port is in use.  I even plugged in the power supply of the converter even though it's a smaller one that doesn't need it.  What's the problem

Hi Zach -

Is this a laptop?  What is the make and model number of the converter?  Have you used the Function key properly if this is a laptop. If your computer is a tower, have you designated the port properly? Please rspond via the e-mail supplied below.

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my problem is i have a vga cable from the tv to copmuter tower all hooked up. the tv is set on vga settings and i have no picture at all it only says no signal.  I am at a lost and need some direction

Hi John -

Make sure you have directed your PC to output video to its VGA output from the computer's control panel.

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my pc and tv both have the standard ports for connecting the pc to my tv just like a regular monitor. if i had a converter to cont to a hdmi spot on my tv would it my the picture quality better or would it be the same?

Hi -

Much would depend upon the scaler in your TV and its ability to upscale/upconvert the native VGA signal received from the PC.  The better, current televisions do a nice job of this.

The Component and VGA to HDMI Pro Mini Converter from Ocean Matrix is an analog to digital converter with scaling that features two inputs: a component/composite video input for sources such as DVD players and game consoles, and a VGA computer input. On the component side, it will accept NTSC and PAL as well as HD video up to 1080p resolution at 50 or 60 Hz. And through VGA it will accept a range of VESA computer resolutions up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 Hz. The HDMI output in turn supports either 720p or 1080p displays and can sync to 50 or 60 Hz. This converter allows you to continue to use legacy analog video devices with modern digital displays, and may be employed in a range of applications from home theater setups to A/V installations.

Color Eye scaling chipset up-scales computer VGA or component video (YPbPr) with stereo audio to HDMI

Both the component and VGA inputs each feature dedicated audio inputs: 3.5mm for the VGA and stereo RCA for the component

User-selectable resolution options

Supports input and output of up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 Hz

Input signal auto-detection on the component input

Both VGA and component inputs remain active are can be selected

In Auto mode native aspect ratio of source video is retained

Operated via front panel buttons

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thank you,  Your site answered all my questions, I think it is the best site outhere,

hey i have a hp windows 7 laptop and a toshiba flat screen tv both have hdmi connections but hey i connect everything it still sayd no video signal on the tv what do i do plz help

Hi Tanisha -

In Windows 7, it is easy to add a second monitor by using the new hotkey Win+P. This is convenient when you need to change the display settings during your presentations with a projector connected to your laptop.

Here are two methods to set up multiple monitors in Windows 7. Make sure that you connect the external monitors to your laptop or your desktop computer first.   For detailed instructions, please click on the live highlighted link below:

Dual monitor setup is easy in Windows 7

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