How to Connect an ASUS Laptop to a TV

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Asus is a computer manufacturer based in Taiwan that is known for its moderately priced Windows based laptop computers.

Laptop computers offer users the convenience of portability and all in one computing, but for certain applications, such as watching movies, Internet video, or playing games, laptop screens may not be ideal. Connecting a laptop to a TV is a way to watch video running on the computer on a larger or higher quality screen.

Turn on the laptop and the TV.

Inspect the video output ports on your laptop and the video input ports on your TV. To connect the laptop to the TV, you will need to use a video cable that both devices can accept. For instance, if your laptop has an HDMI out port and your TV has HDMI in ports, you can use an HDMI cable to connect them. Other possibilities are VGA cables, S-video cables and DVI cables.

Connect one end of the appropriate video cable to the video out port on your laptop.

Connect the other end of the video cable to the video in port on your TV. In some cases, the TV screen may display your laptop screen as soon as you make this connection.

Use your TV remote control to change the TV's video input channel to the channel you are using for the computer connection. For instance, if you are using an HDMI cable, inspect the HDMI input port on the TV to see if it is labelled as HDMI 1, 2, 3, etc., and then change the video input to the appropriate HDMI channel. Most remotes will have a button called "input," "source" or something similar to change video channels. Consult your TV manual if you do not know how to change video input.

Restart your laptop. In many cases your laptop will begin to display on the TV after step 5, but you may need to restart your computer for the laptop to display on the TV. Alternatively, you may have to turn on screen sharing by right clicking your desktop, selecting "Personalize" and "Display Settings," selecting the TV from the monitor list, clicking "Extend the desktop onto this monitor" and then clicking "Apply.