There are a number of ways to view web content on television sets. In the past we’ve covered media streaming options and extensively covered the Roku box as a replacement for cable. Today we look at taking your existing TV, laptop and a single HDMI cable to view web content on your TV.
Connecting Your Laptop To Your TV
What You Need
- Television with at least one available HDMI port. All modern, flat panel TVs should have these ports. They will be labeled HDMI at the input spot on the TV.
- Laptop with an HDMI port. Typically the port will be found on a side or the back of the laptop.
- An HDMI cable. This connection method provides the highest quality video display. HDMI cables are relatively inexpensive, but you’ll want to purchase one online to find the best deals. We’ve provided an Amazon item below, which we’ve tested and is offered at an awesome price.
Connect Your Devices
- Take one end of the cable and plug it into the laptop.
- Take the other end of the cable and connect it to the TV.
- Power on your devices. It doesn’t matter which device is powered on first.
- Tune your TV to the HDMI input channel. On many television remotes, the button labeled “Source” will provide a listing of your input channels when pressed. To determine which input channel to select, look at the input port where the HDMI cable is connected to the TV. If there is only one HDMI port on your TV, then select HDMI. If there are multiple HDMI ports on your TV, then each will be numbered so that you can select the correct one.
Tell The Laptop To Display Content On The TV
In most cases, Windows 7 will recognize the change and automatically display the laptop screen on the TV. For the times when it won’t you’ll need to tell Windows what to do.
- Right-click on the desktop and select Screen Resolution.
- Look for the ‘Multiple displays’ option and use the drop down list to choose your second display (TV). If there isn’t a second display option listed, then click the Detect button.
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