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How to connect your notebook laptop computer to your home TV - Laptop to TV connection


Apple Macbook laptop to TV hookup

Many people today want to display their laptop on their HDTV so internet videos can be viewed. More and more video is available on the internet and the laptop screen is nice but the larger HDTV screen is better. Plus you have options for better audio by connecting the laptop sound to better speakers.


You need to do 3 primary things in order to view your laptop display on your home TV screen.

1) Connect a video cable from the laptop video output to the TV video input.

2) Connect an audio cable from the laptop audio output to the TV audio input or home stereo sound system.

3) Setup the laptop computer to be able to use your TV display.

o How to connect an APPLE MacBook to an HDTV using HDMI

Note: If using HDMI connection, both video and audio can be carried over a single HDMI cable.

Also be sure to select on the TV (using the TV remote or button) the proper source, that is the laptop connection. The SOURCE button or INPUT Select is used to switch to the proper input to view the laptop screen.


If using an HDMI connection, select one of the HDMI inputs. If using VGA, select the PC source when navigating through the inputs on your TV.

OPTIONS for hookup:

Today, the HDMI or the VGA connections are best. Almost all laptop computers are designed to be able to use external displays. A laptop computer can have a video output jack such as an S-Video or an RCA composite video or a VGA port or a DVI port or an HDMI output and more. The video output port on your computer could be a VGA output or it could have several options. It depends on what graphics capabilities your hardware has and this determines how you connect to a TV.


If your laptop has HDMI, use that connection. If your laptop has VGA but no HDMI, you will have to use the VGA connection. In both cases you need a male to male cable to connect laptop to TV.



Many modern HDTV display panels such as plasma and LCD have a VGA input port built-in specifically for computer hookup. So you can see that there are many possibilities and options depending on what type of jacks your laptop has and what type of jacks your TV has. Depending on which video output jack(s) your computer has, you can make a direct cable connection or use one of several types of adapters.

WIRELESS LAPTOP TO TV CONNECTION - See wireless section towards bottom

You can also make a wireless connection from laptop to TV using a set of wireless boxes, transmitter and receiver, such as the ones here from SewellDirect or here from D-Link and this one has component video, composite video and VGA.

Your laptop's video and audio output jacks are along the back, sides or front of the bottom section of the computer. Your laptop may have one or more of the following ports for video and audio:

STEP 1: Video hookup

VIDEO CABLES
S-Video VGA DVI HDMI


VIDEO CONNECTION PORTS
S-Video VGA DVI HDMI


STEP 2: Audio hookup
AUDIO
Earphone Audio 3.5mm


AUDIO
Earphone (Laptop)  Audio input 3.5mm (HDTV)


You can buy cables already made specifically for connecting laptops to a TV. The cost should be under $15.



The cable below has a S-video and a 3.5mm audio on one end and on the other end the video to the TV and the stereo audio to the TV.






Cable to connect laptop computer audio output to TV or stereo receiver's audio input.
Stereo 1/8" mini jack-to-RCA plugs Y adapter cable.
Available for less than $10 at local and online retailers. Radio Shack part no. 42- 2551 Y-adapter audio cable.



Audio Cable has 3.5mm stereo plug for computer connection and at the other end is the two RCA plugs for left and right stereo channels.

Most laptops utilize a 3.5mm (1/8-in) jack as the line output connector and most TV and hi-fi equipment uses RCA type sockets for connecting audio components.







What you need:

  • Laptop computer with VGA, DVI, HDMI or S-video output jack and audio output jack.
  • TV or HDTV with available video and audio input jacks such as VGA or HDMI or S-video.
  • Cable(s) for video and audio.


Connecting laptop to HDTV with VGA and audio cables



VGA male to male cable to connect laptop to HDTV.

The VGA cable is for video only, so audio connections will need to be made for sound, if desired.




Most HDTVs today have a VGA female input port for connecting personal computers. The color is typically blue and it has 15 small openings arranged in three rows of 5 each. Most modern laptops also have this female 15 pin video output port. What you need to connect TV to laptop is a male to male VGA cable. Each end has 15 pins which insert into both female ports on the TV and computer. These VGA cables cost about $15 or so.

Question: My HDTV does not have a VGA input, only HDMI. How can I connect my laptop, without HDMI, to TV?

Answer: Your laptop should have a VGA output. VGA is analog video but the TV's HDMI input is digital video. Therefore no cable connection directly from the laptop to the TV will work, even if the cable has VGA at one end and HDMI at the other end. What you need is a VGA to HDMI converter which accepts the analog VGA video and earphone out audio from the laptop as input and then outputs HDMI video and audio to the TV. Connect to the converter using a VGA cable for video and a 3.5mm audio cable for sound. Connect a HDMI cable from the converter to the TV's HDMI input. Press Fn-f7 or Fn-f4 etc. key on laptop.


Converter VGA side with VGA input connection and 3.5mm audio connection

Converter HDMI side with HDMI output connection and power connection

Atlona AT-HDVIEW VGA to HDMI 

  • Display VGA signals out of Laptop or Desktop to an HDTV or a Monitor
  • Audio Compatible, the converter will take audio from the computer and embedded it to the HDMI output along with video signal
  • High Quality scaler allows any PC resolution to be scaled to a native resolution of the display up to 1080p
  • Converter will automatically sense the native resolution of the display and adjust to the output to that resolution
  • Supports resolutions of up to 1920 x 1200
  • USB Powered
  • VGA, Audio and USB pig-tail cables are attached to the converter



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Sound connection to stereo amp/receiver or other audio system for richer audio for movies, videos and more.
Soundbars offer a space saving solution for apartments yet obtain better sound than TV speakers.




Mini Display Port for Mac Book, MacBook PRO to HDTV using HDMI adapter
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=kLgPwdb4BTM

How to connect Apple MACBOOK to HDTV with HDMI
There are at least two adapters with HDMI to choose from. The first one is short and has the Mini Display Port plug on one end and a HDMI female port on the other end. You use your own HDMI cable of chosen length. The second is a longer cable with HDMI male on one end and mini display plug on the other end. See the YouTube video above for step by step setup.

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Connecting your laptop computer to your TV:

After you make the cable connections from laptop to TV, setup the laptop to be able to use the TV screen.

STEP 3: Setup Laptop

To get an image on the TV, you must configure the laptop computer to display an external signal. Typically, this is done by toggling the "Fn" key + "Fx" where x=1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 or 6 or 7 or 8. The actual function key varies with each laptop computer. Your laptop could be Function key and F8 key. Refer to your computer's User Manual for specific instructions for displaying an external signal. All notebooks should support an external monitor, usually with a high-density D-Shell 15 pin VGA connector. Newer laptops don't keep the external connector live by default, and some don't allow for simultaneous display on both the LCD and an external monitor. You can toggle between the notebook screen and the external display with an Fn key combination. The Fn key is located at the lower left of the laptop keyboard, normally between the CTRL and the ALT key.

Toshiba uses Fn/F5 to toggle between the laptop LCD and an external display. IBM or Lenovo uses FN/F7, Acer varies with the model, using Fn-F5, Fn-F3, Fn-F8, Sony Fn/F7, Dell Fn/F8, HP or Compaq, Fn/F4. There are variations with the age of the laptop and not all manufacturers have standardized on a key combo across the whole range, but you can usually figure it out from the little graphics on the function keys that line the top of the keyboard.

The "Fn" + "Fx" toggles between three settings, laptop display, TV only and TV and laptop together. (Sometimes, laptops do not have enough power to show both the TV and laptop displays, so only a scrambled signal is viewable on the TV.)

Some laptops today have key combinations such as CTRL/ALT/F12 for example which will bring up your graphics options. Press all three keys together.

Right Click on the laptop desktop (main screen) and go to Graphic Properties or Graphics Options.


Matching screen resolution

When you connect a TV or HDTV to your laptop, your laptop display resolution may need to be changed to match more closely the TV's screen display properties. Depending on your laptop's graphic output capabilities, you can try to match the TV's screen so that you see the proper proportions for text and images. Technologies are always changing, so consider the screen resolutions below as a guide only.

1. VGA Video Graphics Array 4:3 640 X 480
2. SVGA Super Video Graphics Array 4:3 800 X 600
3. XGA eXtended Graphics Array 4:3 1024 X 768
4. WXGA Widescreen eXtended Graphics Array 5:3 1280 X 768
5. WXGA Widescreen eXtended Graphics Array 8:5 1280 X 800
6. WXGA Widescreen eXtended Graphics Array 16:9 1366 X 768
7. UXGA Ultra eXtended Graphics Array 4:3 1600 X 1200
8. HD-1080 Full High Definition 16:9 1920 X 1080


Your computer graphics card may only have the first three possibilities for screen resolutions or if you have a newer computer or newer graphics card, you may have greater capability to match the TV's native resolution. HDTV's can have 1920 by 1080 native resolution so only the newest computer hardware can match this video resolution.

WARNING - Be very careful when adjusting screen resolutions and refresh rates as damage could result to your TV. Always read your owner's manual and follow the guidelines and parameters recommended. If in doubt, contact the TV's manufacturer before proceeding to ensure you are operating within the TV's valid parameters.



For Windows PC's, go into CONTROL PANEL, then DISPLAY and click on the SETTINGS tab. Use the slider bar to set the screen resolution you want. Next click APPLY.

For Windows Vista operating system, click START, go to Control Panel, click PERSONALIZATION, then Display Settings Adjust Screen Resolution.





Your screen resolution is the number of pixels in the width and height of your screen (width x height). A higher resolution results in a sharper image, but things will appear much smaller. When changing resolutions, you should consider the size of your monitor. Images may appear to flicker because your monitor can't keep up with the resolution and still provide a sharp image. 1024x768 is one standard screen resolution. 800x600 was a standard screen resolution. 640x480 is another, out of date, screen resolution.

In addition to your screen resolution, you should also consider the number of colors to display. Adjust the slider to increase or decrease resolution, and then click "Apply." Windows will pop up an info and warning screen. Click "OK." The screen will go blank and then come back in the new resolution. Windows will ask if you want to keep the settings. Click "Yes" or "No". If you end up not liking the new resolution, you can change it back to the old setting. When done, click "OK" to close the display properties window.

Refresh Rate
If your screen looks very bright, you may need to adjust your monitor's refresh rate (this is the speed at which the monitor "refreshes," or redraws, the image). Standard television refresh rate is 60 Hz. To change the refresh rate, click the "Advanced" button in the "Settings" tab in the "Display" control panel. Read your TV owner's manual to determine your TV's possible refresh rates and DO NOT EXCEED the values.

Troubleshooting tips:

If you have Windows Operating System,
click START -- CONTROL PANEL -- DISPLAY -- Then in Display Properties click SETTINGS Then ADVANCED.
In the MONITOR tab and the DISPLAY DEVICES tab, you can adjust properties if needed. In the DISPLAY DEVICES tab you should see both the TV and the laptop displays with check boxes you can fill in. Additionally you may require device drivers if you don't already have them installed in the laptop. Also in your laptop BIOS, make sure you have TELEVISION OUTPUT enabled and that you have NTSC selected for analog TV sets.

HDTV with HDMI connection:

Some graphics cards (video cards) have an HDMI port so you can use an HDMI cable to connect the laptop to the HDTV. The key here is to install the proper drivers for the card (if not already installed on the computer) so that you can use the newer software attributes to fine tune the HDTV connection.

One example of a modern laptop with HDMI output is:

Dell Studio XPS 16
multimedia laptop

* Full 1080p HD support and premium ATI graphics.
* 15.6" LED or optional 16" RGBLED seamless display.

Graphics
ATI Mobility RADEON HD 4670-1GB

LCD Display
Edge-to-edge Glossy 15.6 inch HD WLED display (1600x900p)
Edge-to-edge Glossy 15.6 inch Full HD WLED display (1920x1080p)
Edge-to-edge Glossy 16.0 inch Full HD RGB-LED LCD display (1920x1080p)




No sound with HDMI


A common problem with HDMI connections is the first time you try using it, you only get video and no sound. You must set your computer up so that the HDMI output is the default audio out.

HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) connector for connecting a TV.
If you use HDMI to connect your display, you must activate HDMI sound by adjusting your Windows settings.
If HDMI is not activated, you cannot hear any sound.

Depending on your operating system software and your particular graphics card driver, you need to configure HDMI output accordingly.

The following assumes Windows Vista operating system.
Use the following steps to activate HDMI sound on your computer.

1. Right-click the Volume icon in the lower-righthand corner or go into Control Panel, then Sound.
2. Click Playback Devices.
The Sound window opens.
3. On the Playback tab, click the following audio output device that is listed:
* Digital Output Device (HDMI)
-1
* Realtek HDMI Output


* NVIDIA HDMI Output
-3
* ATI HDMI Output
-4



4. Click Set Default.
5. Click Apply.
* If you used Digital Output Device (HDMI) , click OK to close the window. This completes the steps to activate HDMI sound.
* If you used Realtek HDMI Output , continue with Step 6.
6. Double-click Realtek HDMI Output .
The Realtek Digital Output Properties window opens.
7. Click the Supported Formats tab.
8. Place a check in the 48.0 KHz check box, and make sure that there are no checks in the Dolby Digital check box and all other check boxes.



Supported Formats settings in the Realtek Digital Output Properties window

NOTE: For most TVs to play back audio, the sample rate must be 48.0 KHz.
9. Click OK to close the window.


How to view NETFLIX on HDTV instantly via internet connection

Instead of going to the store to buy a DVD or waiting for a DVD to arrive in the mail from Netflix, why not view the movie instantly over the internet on your HDTV. You need a broadband internet connection, router (wired or wireless) and subscription with Netflix, plus an HDTV, computer and cables. Many people already have high-speed internet service with their TV provider and have an HDTV and laptop. Some even already have NETFLIX service and are getting DVDs in the mail.



Netflix’s “watch instantly” streaming internet video service allows you to view a movie now without waiting for a DVD to arrive in the mail. It’s easy to watch a Netflix movie on a computer screen, but now you can watch from the comfort of the couch on the giant plasma or LCD HDTV. You just need to hookup the computer/laptop to the TV.

Your broadband download connection should be at least 10 Mbps for good video. Check your speed here. http://www.speedtest.net and click on Begin Test.

Also, there are TV shows and movies available from sites like www.cbs.com, www.clicker.com, hulu.com, amazon video, itunes, tvland.com, history.com, crackle.com, and others.

HP Laptops - Laptops with HDMI - HP G42t series



The image below shows the ports on a modern laptop including HDMI.



SELECT proper TV input source:
You must select the source on the TV where the cable from the computer is connected. Usually the TV remote is used to select the source so that you get the output from the computer.

Tell the computer to use the external display:
Refer to your computer’s user guide for the specific keystroke for selecting an external display. On the HP Pavillion laptop for example, press Fn + F4 keys together to toggle between the laptop display, laptop and external display (TV), and external display (TV) only. On a Dell, the key combination is Fn + F7.

Configure the sound output on the computer:
With HDMI, you need to setup the computer so that the audio will output over HDMI. With a Windows computer, go into CONTROL PANEL and then into Sound and select the digital sound out so that the default is sound out via the HDMI port. Windows Vista O.S. allows you to TEST the audio so that you can hear the sound thru the TV speakers. Go into PROPERTIES, then ADVANCED and click on TEST. You can also adjust the sound volume. Other adjustments may also be needed in order to fine tune the sound such as the rate (48kHz) and setting DVD QUALITY SOUND instead of CD.

Other adjustments may be required such as cancelling the screen saver and/or power saving modes/sleep mode so that the computer does not enter sleep mode or any kind of power save mode due to inactivity while you watch the movie.

Speed of internet service:
You need a speed of 6 Mbps or more to get acceptable viewing.

Connecting home theater system speakers:
Run a digital audio cable from the HDTV into your home theater system so that you get richer sound from the loudspeakers instead of the TV speakers. Adjust the volume.

HDMI cables:
HDMI cables should cost about $10 or so. The more expensive HDMI cables are nice but the cost is too much. Try buying HDMI cables at www.monoprice.com before going the $100 HDMI cable route.



Wireless Laptop to TV





Connect laptop to TV wirelessly

There are several solutions for a wireless connection from laptop to TV. Be sure to learn all the pros and cons of a particular solution before buying.

Google Chromecast

Chromecast was announced on July 24, 2013, and made available for purchase on the same day in the United States for US$35.00. The small device plugs into your HDTV's HDMI input and can stream audio and video from the internet or a local network. Using Google's internet browser, Chrome, you can display your laptop screen on your TV using Wi-Fi. Works with Android phones and tablets, iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows, and Chromebooks.


Chromecast dongle - wireless laptop to TV


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HP Wireless TV Connect

HP wireless HDMI
HP Wireless HDMI (Dec. 2011)

HP Wireless TV Connect does not require any software to be installed. Simply connect the receiver to your computer and the transmitter to your TV and a power source, and it just works. HP's updated Wireless TV Connect for 2011 now uses a HDMI dongle transmitter and a receiver unit to stream HD content across a room without lag. The unit requires no software and uses WHDI technology. This new model also supports 3D media streaming. The two boxes, transmitter and receiver, are made of glossy black plastic. The transmitter has an HDMI and USB port, while the receiver has HDMI, USB and a power port. Installation is extremely simple, only requiring an HDMI port on your laptop and TV.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwQ8STLRSDM

WHDI certified -
Wireless Home Digital Interface
(WHDI) is a consumer electronic standard for a wireless HDTV connectivity throughout the home.
WHDI wireless connection replaces the traditional HDMI cable solution.
Video and Audio - (1080p)
Share photos, YouTube, no line of sight, up to 30 feet.
Laptop must have HDMI port, USB powered transmitter.





ASUS WiCast (Wireless HDMI)

http://www.asus.com/Networks/Home_Entertainment/WiCast_EW2000/



WiCast EW2000 wirelessly streams content in Full HD quality from a user's PC to a display. WiCast allows users to view and share high definition quality multimedia and web content. 

Latency Free
WiCast supports latency free (less than 1ms) transmission, providing users with fluid and stutter-free playback of HD content. Low latency prevents lip-sync issues and permits smooth delivery of HD content. Operates in the 5 GHz frequency range. 

USB Powered
WiCast is USB powered, so there is no need for an extra adapter. Users simply plug the device into the HDMI port and the two USB ports of a laptop for power. This feature allows users to avoid the hassle of messy wires and the need to look for and be tied to power sockets.

Omni-Directional Broadcast
WiCast supports a range of up to 33 feet and WHDI transmission is not limited by directionality or line of sight. These features provide users in the education or business sector with more flexibility and convenience when connecting notebooks wirelessly with the projector to display presentations.

Small Package
At just over 4” long (both the transmitter and the receiver), WiCast is small enough to virtually disappear behind a notebook or on top of a projector, eliminating cluttering and promoting space efficiency. Lightweight, at a mere 0.242 lbs.(transmitter) and 0.352 lbs.(receiver), WiCast is easy to carry anywhere.

WiCast utilizes Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) technology to wirelessly transmit high definition video and audio signals from a user's notebook to a display TV or an LCD monitor. WiCast supports latency free (less than 1ms) transmission, providing users with fluid and stutter-free playback of HD content. Low latency prevents "lip-sync" issues and enables smooth delivery of HD content. WiCast is USB powered, so there is no need for an extra adapter. Users simply plug the device into the HDMI port for a signal and two USB ports for power.

ASUS WiCAST is very small and lightweight. Everything you need is included. Transmitter, Receiver, cables and power adapters. 

INTEL WiDi

Intel has a solution, WiDi for wireless display, that requires the laptop to have Windows 7 (64-bit) and the latest processor (smart 2nd generation Intel Core processor) and Wireless Display technology. You also need to buy a box like the Netgear PUSH2TV. The current release will not let you play DVD or Blu-ray to the TV. Intel is currently working on a new version of the technology (most probably WiDi 3.0), which will feature support for connecting a maximum of two monitors simultaneously.

WiDi enabled Laptops:

• HP Pavilion dv6-3150us
• Dell Inspiron 15R i15RN5110-7223DBK
• Lenovo Z570 10249LU
• HP Pavilion dv6t QE
• Lenovo Z570 10243WU
• Lenovo Z370 102527U




Question: I want to connect my laptop to my HDTV with HDMI but my HDTV speakers are not the best sound, how can I connect so that the sound goes to my home theater sound system?

Answer: Buy a switcher which allows HDMI input and HDMI output to HDTV but also has audio outputs for a stereo or audio/video receiver so a richer sound system can be used. See the switcher from monoprice.com below.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=101&cp_id=10110&cs_id=1011002&p_id=5557&seq=1&format=2

Question: My laptop only has VGA out and my HDTV does not have VGA input. Can I still connect laptop to HDTV?

Answer: Yes, if you get an adapter box. The SW-9393 from sewelldirect.com or Amazon.com can take the VGA in and send out HDMI. The HDMI is limited to 720p on this box but more expensive adapters (SW-20505) offer 1080p. The Sewell SW-4280 box accepts VGA in and outputs component video for older TVs or TVs without HDMI. The Sewell SW-23000 box will accept VGA in and output composite video for CRT tube TVs. The Sewell VGA to RCA box for $20 accepts VGA in and outputs the yellow RCA video for TV or VCR. Just connect laptop earphone out to audio input on TV or VCR/DVD recorder and enjoy!

For TVs with only a RF coax input jack, use an RF modulator connected to the adapter's yellow video output and select channel 3 on the TV.



See also:

PC to Stereo hookup - how to play computer thru sound system
Audio cassette to computer hookup - how to record audio cassettes to PC
PC stereo hookup
Windows Sound Recorder

http://sewelldirect.com/Component-VGA-to-HDMI-Scaler-720p.asp


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Question: I have an older CRT TV, analog NTSC with composite video (yellow) input and I want to hookup my computer so that I can see the display from the computer on the TV. What do I need for this? Thanks, Tom K.

Answer: There are several video adapters you can buy which will accept a VGA input from the computer and output composite video. Connect an audio cable from computer to TV for sound. One example of a basic adapter to do this is reviewed here.

Question: Can I use a cable with a VGA connector on one end and a composite video (yellow) RCA connector on the other end to hookup my computer to my analog TV.

Answer: No, this will generally not work because the signals are different. You need to use a converter/adapter unit to convert from VGA to composite video.