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April 30th, 2016, 09:23 PM #1Administrator
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Connect your Laptop to your HDTV without HDMI
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If your laptop don't have an HDMI port, connecting it to a TV isn't so easy. However it isn't incredibly difficult either if you read this post and understand simple connector types. It's all a matter of figuring out which ports you do have and which adapters you need.
Cheap adaptors on Aamzon, Wallmart, bestbuy exist to solve this issue and enjoy good stuff on your TV.
HDMI or Micro HDMI Port
If you have a typical regular or very small laptop, you may have an HDMI port. It will look like as
Micro HDMI is about the same size as a micro USB port.
Solution: You can buy an adapter or a cable that will let you connect it to the standard HDMI port on your TV.
If your laptop don't have Micro HDMI or HDMI ports, see if your laptop has a DisplayPort, which can handle the same digital video and audio signals as HDMI.
It will look like
Solution: You can buy a DisplayPort to HDMI adapter. Search DP to HDMI, you will find many cables or adaptors easily and quite cheap.
Some laptops have DVI port. Look for following port.
A problem: DVI is a video-only format. It doesn't carry audio.
So you have to find another way to get the sound out. Your television might have an Analog Audio Input associated with one of the HDMI ports. If it does, you can use a 3.5mm male-to-male audio cable to connect your laptop's sound system to your TV's speakers. If it doesn't, you'll have to use other speakers. If you have a separate receiver in the room, connect the laptop's audio to that. Otherwise, consider buying some computer speakers.
If your laptop doesn't have any of these ports, it will certainly have good old VGA.http://forum.automationmedia.com/images/smilies/frown.png The same goes for your HDTV. Check your TV's manual to see what resolution the laptop should be set to.
Image quality will drop and will not like you'd get with HDMI, DisplayPort, or DVI.
Remember: VGA and DVI, is video-only.
The solutions we suggested above should work here, as well. And you're far more likely to have an audio input associated with the VGA port.