Best Way to Connect LED TVs with Computer and Tablets (HDMI)
Sometimes you simply want to move away from the PC screen to view images, movies, play games, or even browse the internet. Luckily, there are several options in which you can watch everything you have on your computer or tablet on a large screen TV.
The influx of online subscription services like YouTube, Hulu, and Netflix has caused more and more people to connect their LED TVs with their PCs and tablets in order to enjoy their favorite content on a bigger screen. If you also want to improve your entertainment options and make the most of LED TV, here is an easy way to do so.
To begin with, you must realize that not all devices can be connected to LED TVs. You have to ensure that your television has the necessary input to connect with a computer. A standard PC has 3 main outputs:
- Video Graphics Array (VGA)
- Digital Visual Interface (DVI)
- Super Video or S-Video
VGA can be found on all computers as it is a universally recognized format. Your tablet might have a DVI output, which is simply a digital equivalent of VGA. The S-video is an old format, but you might still find it on the video card of your PC.
Coming to the television, the new LED models come with HDMI ports and these convert to DVI without any hassle. Even if your TV has DVI output and the PC has VGA, you can use several cables and adapters to convert between the 2 formats.
After you have brought in all the necessary cables and adapters, the rest of the process is a piece of cake. If you are connecting a PC or tablet which has DVI outputs to an LED television with HDMI inputs, follow these steps:
- Plug in the DVI cable to the computer or tablet
- Plug an HDMI-to-DVI adapter into the television
- Plug the other end of the DVI cable into the HDMI-to-DVI adapter.
When you have connected everything as specified, put the proper input channel on your television and you will be able to view your PC or tablet on your screen. Remember that you should not turn on the PC or tablet until all the connections have been made in the proper order. If there is any problem such as a loose cable or a cable placed in the wrong port, the computer may fail to recognize the external display.
After you connect and turn the computer on, activate output to TV in the “display settings”. Here you can determine if the TV will show content from your computer or simply provide the function of a second monitor.
Finally, you may also have to adjust the resolution of your computer according to the LED TV settings if there is any difference between the devices’ resolutions. If you have followed all the steps correctly, you can have fun surfing the internet and watching YouTube videos on your LED TV.