So you want to learn about how to connect a PC to your TV? Doing so allows you enjoy way more content on a bigger screen. Browse the web on your TV. Use Windows Media Center to record and watch TV. Watch the “web only” stuff on Hulu Plus. Don’t know where to start? This is the guide.
There are many different possible configurations since there are so many different types of ports on both TVs and PCs. I will cover the most common and preferred configurations. If you have an older analog TV, unfortunately this tutorial will not help you.
HDMI to HDMI
If you have an HD TV, you will have an HDMI port. This is the preferred port to use. Some PCs come with an HDMI port built in. In this case, you could simply use a standard HDMI cable to connect your PC to a TV.
DVI to HDMI
If your PC or video card doesn’t have an HDMI port, it may have a DVI port. A DVI port supports High Definition video. You can connect a DVI to HDMI adapter to the DVI port on your PC, then use a standard HDMI cable to connect the adapter to the HDMI port on your TV.
Note: You may need to configure your PC to route audio through your DVI port. This forum helped me with my problem. However, you may need to seek instructions for your specific computer hardware.
SVGA to HDMI
If your PC does not have an HDMI or DVI port, you most likely have an SVGA port and will need to settle for a low-definition connection. An SVGA port does not support high definition video. Here are your options.
You can connect a VGA to HDMI converter that supports audio to the VGA, USB and audio ports on your PC, then use a standard HDMI cable to connect to the HDMI port on your PC.
These three connections should cover most connect PC to TV configurations. Once you have connected all of the hardware and cabling, everything should just work automatically. You may have to adjust the resolution within your PC operating system and you’re good to go.