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HDMI Cable-Connecting Your Computer to the TV Without the Headache

Updated on March 26, 2011

Trying to find ways to connect your computer to your television is a daunting task lately especially for those of us who aren't quite "computer geeks."

When I recently decided to have my pictures and videos play from my mini laptop to my television screen the never-ending journey through the land of electronic cables began. Searching through millions of forums, and how-to sites, as well as several fruitless trips to the electronics store, I finally realized on my own that I had an HDMI (High Definition Media Interface) port in my laptop. To my absolute delight I found my television had one as well. A quick search engine research session and I found that I was in luck, HDMI cables could play both audio and video!

How to find a HDMI Port

All HDMI ports regardless of computer or tv should look like a flatter and more shaped usb port. Mine is located on the right side of my Dell Mini 10 Laptop, but they can be anywhere around the laptop itself. If you have an older or not as high-tech computer you might not have a HDMI port and will need to use a VGA to HDMI cable instead.

The HDMI port on your television should look the same as on your computer. My television has three HDMI ports one on the right side and two directly on the back.

Connecting Your Computer and Television

Connecting your computer and television was another thing that no one seemed to want to tell you how to do. Even when I went to the electronics store no on seemed to want to tell me how to connect them. After another couple of hours searching online I found the answer.

To connect your computer and television via HDMI begin by turning off both your computer and your television. Connect the cable into both the tv and the computer and then turn your television on. Set your station to an HDMI channel, if you have a tv similar to mine there were several HDMI ports and channels, so make sure you chose the same numbered channel for the port you plugged into.

Next turn your computer on, if all went well the computer screen should appear on your television screen. If not then you may have to change your computer settings by going to your display options. You should be able to find an option to play your computer screen onto your television. If the video is coming out but not the sound, go look at the sound controls (located in the control panel) and make sure under audio that you have chosen a HD sound source. You should now be able to play your computer's video, sound, etc. on your tv, congratulations!

Sound Troubleshooting

Some people, like me, will have one more problem with their computer and that is with the sound. HDMI cables are said to play video and sound, but for people with mini laptops that doesn't seem to be the case. I found this out the hard way, after joyfully plugging in the HDMI cable and seeing the lovely picture on my television screen, I found to my dismay that absolutely no sound was coming out. Off again I went to the electronic store, the clerk directed me to the audio cables and showed me one that worked for him. It had 3.5 mm jacks and he said it was perfect! Great, so I took it home, the jacks didn't fit anywhere in my tv! I then looked up some more information and found I needed the Y audio cable. Back to the electronic store again and Yay! Enjoy your computer on the tv!


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      Countryroads 6 years ago from United States

      Thanks! :) I'm always glad to help people out, especially after I struggled to solve a problem for hours, when an article like this could have saved me time and money.

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      smcopywrite 6 years ago from all over the web

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