How to Connect an HP Laptop to LCD TV

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Even though modern laptops, like HP (Hewlett-Packard) models, make it easy to consolidate all of your media and information on one device, their small screens can be less than ideal for viewing this content. So if you'd like a bigger screen on which to watch the movies stored on your computer, or view its Internet browser, there's a way to do it without spending a fortune on a giant computer monitor, and all it takes is hooking your HP laptop to your home LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) television. Here's how to do it.

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Things you need

  • DVI-to-video adaptor
  • VGA connector
  • Stereo adaptor
  • RCA cables

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  1. 1

    Plug the end of the digital visual interface (DVI) adaptor into the outlet on the side of your HP laptop. You'll know where it goes because the prongs of the DVI adaptor are unique to one port on the computer.

  2. 2

    Plug one end of the video graphics array (VGA) connector into the DVI adaptor and fit the other end into the appropriate outlet in the back of your LCD television.

  3. 3

    Go to the main menu on your laptop and choose "System Preferences" from the main file menu. Then click "Displays" and then "Detect displays." Your computer will detect the connection, and your computer's display will be on the television screen.

  4. 4

    Plug the stereo adaptor into the headphone jack on your HP computer.

  5. 5

    Connect one end of the composite/phono plug (RCA) cables to the stereo adaptor and the other end to the A/V inputs on your LCD TV.

  6. 6

    Play music or video on your HP computer to check if the audio is coming through the television. If it is, your computer is hooked up to your TV.

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