How to Stream Movies to Panasonic Plasma

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How to Stream Movies to Panasonic Plasma
Streaming video from your computer to your Panasonic plasma screen is possible with a VGA cable. (ULTRA.F/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Streaming video files onto your Panasonic plasma television is a much simpler process than many computer users even know. All you need to watch streaming videos on your plasma screen is a VGA cable, and then right instruction as to making the proper setting within Windows. If you haven't ever before attempted doing this, don't worry. After making the VGA connection, you will only have to make a few more settings in the Windows Control Panel.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Male to male VGA cable

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn the power off on both your computer and your television, by hitting their "Power" buttons. The VGA connection needs to be connection while the power is turned off.

  2. 2

    Connect the ends of the VGA cable to "VGA Output" of the computer and to the "VGA Input" located on the back of television. Since both of the ends of the VGA cable contain 15 male pin connectors, locate the blue, rectangular-shaped port with 15 female pin holes on the television and computer.

    How to Stream Movies to Panasonic Plasma
    Connect each of the ends of the VGA cable to the computer and to the computer. (connection cocnept - cables studio isolated image by dinostock from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Push the "Power" buttons on both the computer and the plasma screen TV. Wait for Windows to load before you move onto the next step in the process.

  4. 4

    Press the "Input" button on the remote control until you see the "PC" appear in the upper-left corner of the screen. This will indicate that the television is set to the right input for receiving the computer's video signal being sent from the VGA cable.

  5. 5

    Right-click your mouse on the background image of your desktop, then select "Personalize" from the list of choices that appear.

  6. 6

    Select "Display Options" from the "Personalization" screen that you are directed to. This will be where you tell Windows to send video signal to your Plasma TV.

  7. 7

    Click on the second monitor icon on the "Display Settings" Screen, then place a check next to "Extend the desktop onto this monitor," or by "This is my main monitor." By extending the desktop, you can use both the computer and TV as separate screens, while selecting this monitor as your main screen, you will see the same image on both.

  8. 8

    Click "Apply" to save the settings and make the images appear on both screens. When asked whether or not you want to keep the current settings, click "Yes."

  9. 9

    Play a video file and either drag the player window onto the extended monitor screen on your plasma TV, or just watch the streaming video as Windows uses the plasma screen as its main monitor.

Tips and warnings

  • Download your video card's latest drivers from its manufacturer's website to ensure that you are getting the best quality picture available for your system.
  • Some model s of Panasonic plasma screen televisions support S-video input as well, so if your computer does not have a VGA out, this may be an alternative for you.

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