How to Connect a Laptop to a HDMI Television

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How to Connect a Laptop to a HDMI Television
High definition television uses a variety of connectors, including HDMI. (tv control and tv 16 image by chrisharvey from Fotolia.com)

If you've ever wanted to enjoy a high definition movie on your HDTV--but the movie only resides on your laptop--you can transfer those super detailed images to your TV screen. With a simple adaptor, you can connect your laptop computer to an HDMI enabled high definition television.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • HDMI connector cable

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn off the HDTV and your laptop.

  2. 2

    Connect the HDMI adaptor cable to the laptop's output port. Ensure that the connector is secure in the port.

  3. 3

    Connect the HDMI adaptor cable to the HDMI input on your television set. Ensure that the connection is solid and secure, but be careful not to bend any connector pins within the adaptor.

  4. 4

    Power on your HDTV first. This allows the Mac laptop to detect the connection between the devices when you power it on.

  5. 5

    Turn your Mac laptop on, allowing it to completely boot up. Your Mac will automatically detect the HDTV through the HDMI connection and make the necessary adjustments. In a few moments, you should see the Mac's desktop on the HDTV screen.

  1. 1

    Turn off the HDTV and your laptop. This allows both devices to clear any previous settings that may interfere with the connecting process.

  2. 2

    Connect the adaptor to the output port on your laptop. Ensure that the connection is solid and secure, but be careful not to bend any connector pins within the adaptor.

    How to Connect a Laptop to a HDMI Television
    Laptops interface well with high definition television sets. (laptop image by Du...¡an Zidar from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Connect the HDMI end of the adaptor to the HDMI input port on your television set, making sure to push it in securely, but gently.

  4. 4

    Turn the television on first, allowing it to completely power on. This allows the laptop to recognise the HD signal sent from the HDTV.

  5. 5

    Power up the laptop, allowing it to completely boot up. Switch monitor sources by using the laptop's keyboard function keys. Most often, you'll hold down a button marked "Fn" and one of the function keys located at the top of the keyboard. You should now see your laptop's desktop on your HDTV monitor.

Tips and warnings

  • Different laptops come pre-installed with different video adaptor ports. Check which port your computer uses before purchasing an HDMI adaptor to connect to your laptop.

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