How to Connect a Laptop to a Samsung LCD TV

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How to Connect a Laptop to a Samsung LCD TV
Laptops can use LCD TVs as monitors. (laptop image by Photoeyes from Fotolia.com)

Connecting laptop computer to a LCD television allows a user to take advantage of a larger screen while using computer applications like games and graphic design programs. There should not be a huge difference in picture quality and resolution, since both devices employ flat screen technology. The steps required are relatively simple and can be completed in a couple of minutes.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • DVI-D or a HDMI cable
  • Audio cables

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Consult your Samsung television's owner's manual. If you lost the manual after purchase, download one from the Internet. The support section of Samsung's website offers an archive of manuals available as free downloads. There are also How-to articles that cover most basic tasks and connections.

  2. 2

    Shut down the TV and the laptop. Unplug the TV and wait a couple of minutes before starting the process.

  3. 3

    Locate the proper input jack on the television. It should be marked either as "PC Input" or "RGB" or both.

  4. 4

    Use the proper cable to connect the laptop to the Samsung LCD TV. If the computer has a "DVI out" jack, connect it to the TV's "DVI in" jack with a DVI-D cable.

    If you're using a HDMI cable, connect the computer's "DVI out" jack to the TV's HDMI in jack. Do one or the other. Do not connect both.

  5. 5

    Connect the audio using the appropriate cable. How you do this will depend on the type of cable you used in Step 4.

    DVI connections require an audio cable tipped with a mini-stereo plug on one side and split into two RCA connections on the other. The RCA plugs should go into the DVI "audio in" jacks.

    HDMI connections require an audio cable tipped with a mini-stereo plug on one side and split into two RCA connections on the other. The RCA plugs should go into the two HDMI 1 "audio in" plugs

  6. 6

    Set the source information on the Samsung. Turn on the TV and laptop and depress the "source" botton on the TV's remote control. Select the appropriate option by the type of cable used.

  7. 7

    Press the FN key on the laptop. It normally is next to the CTRL key on the bottom-left side of the keyboard.

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