How to Connect a PC to a TV With a DVI to HDMI

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How to Connect a PC to a TV With a DVI to HDMI
Connect a TV to a PC with a cable adaptor from DVI to HDMI. (modern tv 403 image by chrisharvey from

Newer computers use a Digital Video Interface (DVI) connection to hook up external monitors or a TV. Hewer, high-definition TV sets use a High Definition media Interface (HDMI) port to transmit digital video to the set, but relatively few TVs are also equipped with a DVI port. The solution for uniting these devices with different connection sockets is a DVI to HDMI cable, available at electronics and computer stores.

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Things you need

  • DVI to HDMI cable

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  1. 1

    Insert the four-sided DVI plug into the DVI OUT socket on the back of the PC tower, taking care to line up the 24 holes in the socket with the pins in the jack.

  2. 2

    Connect the six-sided HDMI plug on the opposite end of the cable to an HDMI port on the back of the TV. Make a note of which numbered port is used.

  3. 3

    Turn on both devices, then press the "Input" button on the TV remote control several times to toggle through the input connections and access the HDMI port connecting the TV to the computer.

  4. 4

    Double-click the "Display" icon on the computer to select "Screen Resolution." Adjust the resolution to suit the TV screen, if necessary by clicking and dragging the slider control on the "Display" menu with the computer mouse.

Tips and warnings

  • Shut down the computer and unplug the TV while connecting the other cables.

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