How to Connect a Sony Vaio to a Television

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With the advancing technology of the Internet and computers, incorporating your Sony Vaio computer into your home theatre set-up could mean added entertainment and value. Connecting your Vaio to your television enables you to enjoy big-screen Internet browsing, slide shows, presentations and video streaming from the comfort of your couch.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Sony Vaio desktop or laptop
  • High-definition LCD or plasma television
  • Male-to-male VGA or HDMI or DVI cables
  • DVI-to-HDMI converter (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Locate either the VGA, HDMI or DVI port on your Sony Vaio and high-definition television. If you have more than one option, choose the one that works best for your set-up. HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) will provide the best quality, followed by DVI, and lastly VGA. Most HD televisions have VGA and HDMI ports. If your computer is equipped only with a "DVI Out" port and your television does not have a "DVI In" port, you will need a DVI-to-HDMI converter.

  2. 2

    Power down both your television and computer and Sony Vaio.

  3. 3

    Plug the selected cable into the computer and the other end into your television set.

  4. 4

    Power on both your television and Vaio and switch your television to the correct input if it doesn't automatically do so.

  5. 5

    Make sure your TV is receiving a video signal from your computer. If you are using a Sony Vaio laptop running Windows Vista or Windows 7, it should automatically detect the new connection and provide video to your television. If it does not or you are running Windows XP, press and hold the "Fn" key and press F4 to enable the video output. Finally, check your computer's video settings, located in the Control Panel's "Display" properties, to ensure they are optimised for your television.

Tips and warnings

  • Once your set-up is complete, you can also use free software such as Boxee and XBMC to make the most of your computer connected to your television.

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