How to Play Movies on TV with a Laptop

Written by brian bores
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Laptops can be used as a versatile movie displaying device. Not everyone has DVD players to display movies on their TVs. Movies watched on laptops can also be displayed on TVs in a few simple steps. Your TV must have one common input as your laptop. The same cable you attach to your laptop needs to also attach to your TV. VGA and S-video inputs are the most common. VGA and S-video cables come in a variety of lengths. Cables can be found in most electronics stores.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • VGA or S-video cable
  • TV owner's manual
  • TV remote
  • Laptop owner's manual
  • Operating system owner's manual
  • Movie

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  1. 1

    Attach the cable to both your laptop and TV. Most inputs are located on the back or sides of both TV and laptop. Refer to owner's manuals of both the laptop and TV for specific locations.

  2. 2

    Change the TV input to the same input you attached the cable into. You won't be able to see the movie on the TV without the proper input displayed. Inputs are changed in a variety of ways. Changing inputs through the TV remote is the most common way. Refer to your TV owner's manual for specific instructions on changing inputs.

  3. 3

    Change display settings on the laptop. Most laptops won't automatically switch the viewing screen to both TV and laptop. Each operating system will require different steps for changing display settings. Most steps begin with opening the control panel of the operating system. Refer to your operating system owner's manual for detailed instructions.

  4. 4

    Play the movie on your laptop like you normally would. You should now be able to watch the movie on your TV. The sound will still be playing through the laptop, though. Adjusting volume to a higher level will probably be necessary since you'll probably be sitting farther away than normal.

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