How Do I Connect My Laptop To My TV?

There are several ways to connect your laptop to a TV. In most cases, you'll be able to connect one of these three connectors directly to your TV: VGA, DVI or HDMI. Additionally, unless you're using an HDMI connector, you'll need a 3.5mm audio RCA cable with a mini-jack splitter or a mini-jack connector in order to transmit an audio signal. In most cases you'll need one of the following adapter/cable combinations.

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HDMI:Audio & Visual
Hi-Def Multimedia Interface

If your laptop has an HDMI output,you'll want to purchase an HDMI cable. Simply plug the HDMI cable directly into your TV. Since an HDMI cable carries both an audio and visual signal, you won't need any additional cables.

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DVI: Video Only
Digital Visual Interface

If your computer has a DVI adapter, you’ll want to purchase a DVI male to male cable or a DVI to HDMI Adapter Cable. Use the DVI to HDMI cable when your HDTV supports HDMI but does not support DVI.

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VGA: Video Only
Video Graphics Array

If your computer has a VGA adapter,you'll want to purchase a VGA male to male cable.Simply plug the HDMI cable directly into your TV. Since a VGA cable only carries a video signal,you'll also need a mini-jack connector or a mini-jack splitter with a 3.5mm audio RCA cable so you can transmit the audio signal from your PC.

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Mini Jack:
Audio Only

Use the mini-jack connector to transmit audio from your PC's headphone jack to the mini-jack connector on your TV.

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RCA Cables (L and R ):
Audio Only

Use these cables with an adapter to transmit audio from your PC's headphone jack to your home stereo reciever.

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