How to Use Your TV & Computer Monitor at the Same Time

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How to Use Your TV & Computer Monitor at the Same Time
You can connect your monitor and television to a single VGA port. (connection cocnept - cables studio isolated image by dinostock from

If you are looking to increase the overall display size of your computer but don't want to purchase a new monitor, it is possible to hook up a television to your computer system. This allows you to not only view the programming information on the attached monitor, but the new television. Performing this connection does require a few adaptor cables, but should only take a few moments of your time.

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Things you need

  • VGA splitter cable
  • VGA cable
  • VGA to component video cable

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  1. 1

    Attach the single end of the VGA splitter cable into the VGA port on your computer. A VGA splitter cable looks like a "Y," with the single end connecting to the computer.

  2. 2

    Attach the standalone VGA cable into one of the VGA ports on the splitter cable. Plug the opposite end into the VGA port on your computer's monitor.

  3. 3

    Connect the VGA end of the VGA to component cables into the remaining VGA splitter port. Plug the component video cable ends into the "Component In" ports on your television.

  4. 4

    Power on the monitor and the TV. Choose "Component" as the input option on the TV and the computer information appears on both screens.

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