How to connect laptop to TV
Want to Connect laptop to your TV? Find out how to connect your laptop to TV based on what technologies are available on your laptop and television. There are many options to connect your laptop to TV, choosing a connection depends on what laptop and Television you have.
Based on your laptop and tv connectivity options, here is a list
|Laptop Technology||Television Technology||Options|
|HDMI||HDMI||HDMI to HDMI|
|S-Video||S-Video||S-Video to S-Video|
|S-Video||RCA||S-Video to RCA|
|VGA Port||VGA Port||VGA to VGA|
|DVI Port||VGA Port||DVI to VGA|
Connecting via a S-Video cable
This is one of the oldest methods of connecting the laptop with TV. Laptops and TV's that are equipped with an S-Video Port can be connected using an S-Video cable as shown in the image below:
S-Video cables would be available cheap, just make sure you get the 4 pin or 7 pin cable to connect to the laptop , based on your laptop S-Video port. You will have to connect the audio output to audio input of the TV using a standard 3.5mm audio cable which is plugged into the headphone jack of the laptop and into the audio in jack of the Television.
Laptop to TV connection with a S-Video to RCA cable
Some of the older TV's may not have an option to connect using S-Video, the method would be using S-Video to RCA cables. You can get this cable in your local radio shop. So connect the S-Video end to your laptop and the RCA end to the TV. The only thing to note here is to get the correct cables, some laptops have a S-Video port with 7 pins and some have only 4 pins. The 7 pin cable can be used only on laptops with 7 pin holes, while the 4 pin cable can go into both. The S-Video to RCA cable looks like as shown below:
Read on to connecting audio.
Connecting laptop to TV using a VGA Cable
VGA port is one of the most common ports found in a laptop, and a VGA cable is used to connect your PC / laptop to your standard monitor. To connect it to a TV your TV should have a VGA port.
Connect the VGA cable to both the ports and then read on to connecting audio.
DVI and VGA methods to link laptop and TVTo connect laptop to TV using a DVI on laptop (usually Macbooks) and a TV with VGA port, we can use a DVI to VGA adapter. Now we can use a VGA cable to connect the laptop and TV. Connecting with VGA Cable
Playing audio from laptop on TV
Except for HDMI, all other methods require you to connect the audio output of the laptop to audio input of the TV using a standard 3.5mm audio cable which is plugged into the headphone jack of the laptop and into the audio in jack of the Television.
Configure your laptop to display your screen on TV
Windows options to connect laptop and TV
Open display properties on windows, and you should see a screen as shown below:
If you dont see your connected monitors / TV on your laptop screen as shown above, click on the detect button as highlighted.
Now the television / monitor should be detected. There are 3 modes of displaying your laptop monitor on a TV. It is called Projection options since commonly laptops are connected to projectors. You can choose these by pressing (Windows + P ) key combination.
- Duplicate Mode: In cloned mode or duplicate mode, a copy of your laptop screen is shown on the television.
- Extended Mode: In extended mode your laptop screen is extended to one or more Television screens
- Projector Only: On which only the connected TV is used and your laptop screen is not used (handy if your laptop screen stop working)