How to Hook Up a Toshiba Laptop to a Samsung LCD TV

Updated February 21, 2017

Laptops have come a long way in the past decade, with brands like Sony, Dell and Toshiba pushing the limits of each successive generation. Samsung is one of the leaders in HDTV technology, offering crystal clear displays on their LCD models, which are surging in popularity. Anyone wishing to combine these two pieces of stellar technology--Toshiba laptops and Samsung LCD televisions--is in luck, because hooking up your laptop to a TV for use as an extended or external monitor is an easy task.

Locate either the S-video output port or the HDMI output port on your Toshiba laptop. Though the exact location is dependent on your model, the ports can generally be found on the side of the keyboard and should be clearly labelled. Consult your Toshiba owner's manual if you are still unsure of the locations.

Plug in one end of the cord you are using--HDMI to HDMI port or S-video to S-video port--to your Toshiba laptop. HDMI is widely considered the better option, as it is capable of transmitting high-definition images and sound to your television. The only drawback is its expense, with many cords easily breaking the £19 mark. S-Video is far less expensive, but also offers substandard video quality and doesn't transmit audio.

Locate the HDMI or S-video input port on your Samsung LCD TV. On almost all models, both can be found on the back and are clearly labelled.

Plug in the other end of the cable you are using into the appropriate port--HDMI or S-video--on the back of your TV.

Set the television to the proper video channel using the "Source" option on your remote control. This is the default button on most Samsung models. However, if you're using a universal remote, it might be labelled "Input."

Select whichever video input you are using, HDMI or S-video.

On your laptop, right click your desktop background, highlight "Graphics Options" and a menu appears.

Highlight, then left click "Output To: TV" on the menu. Your laptop's monitor should then go black and your desktop should be displayed on your TV.


Along with using your Samsung LCD television as an external monitor as explained in this article, you also can use it as an extended desktop or a clone of your desktop. These options can be accessed by right clicking on your desktop and selecting "Graphics Properties" on the menu. An extended desktop allows you to double the size of your desktop, which is great for displaying a movie on your TV streaming from your computer, while simultaneously working on your laptop. A clone essentially copies the exact image from your laptop's monitor to the TV, which is great for giving presentations.

Things You'll Need

  • HDMI cable or S-video cable
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Brenton Shields began writing professionally in 2009. His work includes film reviews that appear for the online magazine Los Angeles Chronicle. He received a Bachelor of Science in social science and history from Radford University.