HDTV: frequently asked questions
If you have a high-definition television (HDTV), you can connect your computer to it for better monitor display quality.
That depends on your television and the types of video cables that can be connected to it. Just about every computer has a VGA output. If your HDTV has a VGA input, you can use a VGA cable to connect the computer to the TV. If your HDTV doesn't have a VGA input, you might be able to use a different kind of cable to connect your computer to your HDTV. For example, if your computer has an HDMI, DVI, or component video output and your HDTV has a corresponding input, you'll probably be able to connect the two.
If your computer does not have any of these video outputs, you might be able to replace the video card in your computer with a newer, HDTV-compatible video card.
VGA, DVI, and component video cables do not support audio signals. HDMI cables do support audio signals, but not all HDMI-enabled video cards support audio. If your HDTV has an audio input, you might be able to connect a separate audio cable from your computer's sound card directly to the TV. Otherwise, you'll need to connect the audio signal to a different output device, such as external computer speakers or your home stereo system.
You need to change the screen resolution settings in Windows.
Open Display Settings by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, clicking Personalization, and then clicking Display Settings.
Under Resolution, move the slider to the resolution you want, and then click Apply.
Most HDTV sets use the 16:9 widescreen format, so you'll want to choose a screen resolution where the shape of the picture matches the wide format of your HDTV.
Yes. If your computer's video card is HDTV-compatible, it will probably have two or more video outputs. Connect one to your computer monitor and another to your HDTV. Both of them should automatically display what's on your computer.
This is normal. Certain kinds of computer information, such as games and video, will only appear on the HDTV. You will see a blank screen or a blank window on the computer monitor. To see this information on the computer monitor, you must temporarily disconnect the HDTV.