How to Use an LCD TV As a Monitor for My Packard Bell Laptop

Updated April 17, 2017

An LCD TV can provide a large, high-definition alternative to your laptop display. As of 2011, all new Packard Bell laptops come equipped with an HDMI output that allows you to connect to an LCD -- and other types of high-definition TVs -- using an HDMI cable. If you have an older Packard Bell laptop, however, you may not have an HDMI output. In this case, you must use the model's VGA output in order to connect the screen to the laptop.

Connect one end of the cable to your Packard Bell's HDMI connector, located on one of the sides of the computer depending on the model.

Connect the other end of the cable to your LCD TV's HDMI input.

Switch your TV's video input mode using your remote control or the A/V buttons on the TV itself. When you have the correct input set, the image on your computer screen appears on your TV screen.

Adjust your computer screen's resolution to optimise the image to fit your TV. You can access screen resolutions through your computer's "Settings" menu.

Connect one end of the VGA cable to your computer. The VGA output is a plug on the side of your Packard Bell that has three rows of five pins. Some models have a threaded hole on either side of the plug to which you can affix the VGA cable using the screws built into the plug.

Connect the other end of the cable to the VGA input on your TV, turning the screw heads to fasten them within the corresponding screw holes built into your monitor's VGA input.

Switch your TV to the VGA input using your remote or the control buttons on the TV.

Adjust your computer screen's resolution, if needed. If you have problems getting the computer screen's images to show on the TV, you may need to update your video driver for your computer. You can update drivers from Packard Bell's website (see Resources).

Things You'll Need

  • HDMI or VGA cable
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