Today, am going to show you how to use a simple HDMI cable to connect your laptop to TV, then tweak Windows so you can watch anything you’d like on that big screen, even while controlling it all from your PC laptop or desktop computer.
To get started, you need a computer that has an HDMI (which stands for “High-Definition Multimedia Interface”, if you’re curious) port, an HDMI cable, and an HDTV that you can use to plug into and watch. Turns out that there are two types of HDMIbcable, a fat one that you probably alreadybhave if you have an HDTV, and a very slim unidirectional cable that requires you plug it in with the correct orientation: “TV” needs to be plugged into the TV on mine, for example. I’ll be using one of the latter cables to get this all to work, though it’ll work fine with either. The advantage of the skinny cable is that you can more easily travel with it and once you know how to hook up your computer to the TV, you’d be surprised just how many hotel. TVs have an HDMI input you can utilize to watch your favorite content rather than pay those exorbitant hotel movie fees. First step is to hook things up. When you plug in the HDMI cable on the back of the TV, pay attention to the labels too: It’ll indicate the input port that you’ll want to select once you turn the TV on.
Once you have the HDMI wire plugged into both your PC and HDTV, use the INPUT button on the TV (either on the remote or on the top of the TV itself) to select the matching input. More likely than not, it’ll be blank. Don’t worry.
Configure Your PC to Use HDMI:
For reasons I don’t really understand, Windows* seems to ignore the HDMI* port when you plug something in, so we’ll have to power it up and tell the computer it’s fine to send a signal out on the line. That’s done by going into Control Panels and selecting “Adjust screen resolution”. On that window you’ll see that it shows there are two different displays, but one of them will be disabled. To remedy this, click on the second monitor, then choose “Extend the desktop onto this monitor” and click “Apply”. The HDTV screen should come to life and show you a Windows desktopbbackground photograph.If it doesn’t, try again. Sometimes you have to select this more than once.
I recommend that you now tweak the resolution on the second screen to be at least 1100 x 650, depending on what options youbhave. I have very good luck with 1184 x 666.
The goal is to have the background photo spread across the entire TV screen. Now make sure you have the sound unmuted and at a reasonable volume on your computer and on the TV and let’s get some content on the screen!
Watch Movies on Your HDTV
You’ve done all the hard work at this point, the rest is easy. Open up your favorite Web browser and pick something you’d like to watch, or even just experiment with for this process. Now, using your mouse, click and drag the titlebar of the Web window to the right, off your computer screen. As it moves off that screen, it should appear on the TV screen. What we’ve done is basically extend your desktop onto the second display so anything that you “drag” there is on the TV, even though the PC still thinks of it as just a second monitor. Nifty, eh? Start playing whatever content you want, then click on the “Full Screen” option and the Web browser window and Windows desktop will vanish and the video content will spread across the entire TV screen.