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How to Connect a Computer Tower to a TV

Updated April 17, 2017

When using your computer, it is often preferable to have the largest viewing area possible for your monitor. An inexpensive alternative to buying the latest and greatest in computer monitors is to use your existing home television as a computer monitor. If your home television has a S-video, VGA, DVI, or HDMI connection port, then it is possible to utilise your television as a external monitor device.

Determine the best quality connection your television and computer are capable of. The greatest video and audio quality falls in this order: HDMI, DVI, VGA, and finally S-video. Refer to your television's owners manual to help determine the ports on your television.

Power down your computer and television.

Connect the appropriate connection cord to the appropriate port on your television and computer. DVI to HDMI cables will connect to the DVI port on your computer's video card and to an available HDMI port on your television. DVI cables will connect to an available DVI port on your television, as well as the DVI port on your computer. VGA cables will connect to an available VGA port on your television and to a VGA port on your computer's video card. S-Video cables will connect to the round 7-pin S-video port on your computer as well as the round S-video port on your television.

Power on your computer and television.

Change your television's display to match the input ports you have your computer connected to. For example, if you have your computer connected to your televisions HDMI port, change the television's input to display HDMI.

Tip

Refer to your television's owners manual to see which display resolutions are supported by your television.

Things You'll Need

  • DVI to HDMI cable
  • DVI cable
  • S-Video cable
  • VGA cable
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About the Author

Edmund Lukavics has been writing professionally since 2009. He has served as the copy editor for the blog Hello Moon and has experience in the hotel and travel agency industries. Lukavics is pursuing an associate degree in information technology and website design from the University of Phoenix.