How to Connect My Toshiba Laptop to My TV

Updated April 17, 2017

Connecting your Toshiba laptop to your TV is fairly easy, so long as your video card can handle multiple displays, and so long as you have the cables or adaptors necessary to connect your laptop's video display to your television's. To use your television as a monitor, simply attach one end of an appropriate cable to the video ports on your TV, then connect the other end to the video adaptor on your Toshiba. Once the correct cables are attached, you can configure your settings in Windows and begin using your TV as a display.

Check your TV to find out what connections it supports. TVs can come with RCA, S-video, VGA, DVI or HDMI slots. HDTVs often come equipped with HDMI slots, whereas older TVs use RCA. RCA use three plugs: red, white and yellow; S-video uses one four-prong plug; VGA uses a 15-pin plug, and DVI, 24-pin. HDMI uses 19 pins.

Check the docking station on your laptop to see what kind of video connectors are available. Most Toshiba laptops will have either a VGA or DVI connector. If your TV uses a connection different from what your laptop uses, attach a converter to one end of the video cable.

Turn off the TV. Attach one end of the video cable to the appropriate slot on your TV. Connect the other end of the cable to the video adaptor on your Toshiba laptop.

Turn on the TV. Press the "Windows" key and the "D" key simultaneously to go to the desktop. Right-click the desktop, then click "Personalization."

Press "Fn" and "F8" to switch the main display to the television.

Use the bar under "Screen resolution" to change the display settings. Because some TVs use a different screen ratio than laptop monitors, you may need to try different resolutions before the TV displays the desktop correctly. Click "OK" to save your settings.


You may need to change the video output channel on your TV for the desktop to appear.

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