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How to Connect a Laptop or PC to HDMI TV
Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012

 When you first read this article title, you might be tempted to think, “It doesn’t take a technical mastermind to do this.”  And in most cases, you’re right.  But many times, technology comes up with its own quirks that make the simplest of processes completely infuriating.  In the ideal world, you simply purchase an HDMI cable, connect it to the PC and TV, and then you’re good to go.  But, in case you run into those irritating and unexpected quirks, here is a more detailed process to follow:

 
Make sure your PC has an HDMI port. Check to make sure your TV has at least one too.  Just about all televisions, since they are HD, and PCs manufactured within the last several years have HDMI ports, so this step shouldn’t be a large obstacle for you.
Buy an HDMI cable. MilesTek offers HDMI cables in various lengths that are backwards compatible to older HDMI versions, and support up to 4K x 2K and 1080p Video Resolutions.
If your PC doesn’t have an HDMI port… Some people like to get the most out of their technology and keep it until it dies.  No problem – you can still connect to an HDTV.  Depending on the PC, you might need HDMI converters such as a DVI to HDMI adapter cable, or VGA to HDMI converter.
Plug the cable in to the TV and laptop. Once you have the HDMI cable properly plugged into the PC or laptop, switch to the correct input channel.  In some cases, your laptop will automatically set the process up and you’ll see a picture right away.  In most cases, however, the screen will be blank.  Don’t worry about that yet.
Configure your PC. Most of the time, Windows ignores the HDMI port when you plug something in.  Given that we’re in the age of plug’n’play, this seems a little weird, but it’s the way things work.  To resolve this issue, go to the control panel and choose “adjust screen resolution.”
You will note two different displays, one which appears to be disabled.  Click on the disabled monitor, and appropriately allow the PC to send and receive a signal on the HDMI cable.  You should now see the same thing on your computer display and HDTV.
 
Whew – well maybe that wasn’t so bad after all.  But, at least now you know the process a little better so you can handle any unexpected quirks.  Now it’s time for the really hard part – deciding what to watch!