How to convert HDMI to USB port

Updated February 21, 2017

With the constant upgrade that computers receive with each and every release, you may currently own a desktop or laptop that has a high definition (HD) monitor. However, there may not be a Blu-ray player provided, in which case your DVD movies are still going to play in standard definition. If you want to connect an HD device, such as a Blu-ray player, to the computer, you need to run the HDMI cable from the device and convert it to a USB port. This will allow you to play the HD content on your computer.

Plug the HDMI cable into an HDMI port on the device you want to connect to the computer. This can be anything from a gaming system to a television to a Blu-ray player.

Plug the HDMI cable into the HDMI port on the converter box. The HDMI converter box allows you to connect your HDMI cables to a computer that doesn't have any HDMI ports.

Plug a USB cable into the USB port on the converter box. Do note that these converter boxes are usually fairly pricey and can run around £97 a piece (as of December 2009).

Connect the other end of the USB cable to an available USB port on the computer.

Insert the driver installation disk into the computer. This driver allows your computer to read the HDMI converter. Accept the license agreement once it appears, then follow the remaining prompts to complete the driver installation.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • HDMI to USB converter
  • HDMI cable
  • USB cable
  • HD device
  • Driver installation disk
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