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How to Use a TV Screen as Your Computer Monitor

Find yourself wishing you had a bigger computer monitor? Consider using a TV screen instead. This simple process is just a matter of connecting the right cables. Keep reading to find out how.

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Connecting your TV Screen to your PC

Most modern TVs can connect to a computer using either an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) cable or a DP (Display Port) cable. These cables are often used to connect DVD players, game consoles, and other devices to your TV and are fairly easy to acquire. If you find yourself needing a new HDMI cable, try this one from Amazon.

Graphics and video input cheat sheet for HDMI, VGA, DVI, and Display Port DP

The first step is connecting the cable to the appropriate ports on your computer and TV. Conveniently, they are often labeled. Once the cables are connected, make sure that your TV is on the appropriate input/source. If your TV is not already displaying your computer screen, press the input/source button on your remote or TV and choose the input you plugged the cable into. 

For some older computers and TVs, there will not be an HDMI or DP input/output. There is a chance that this model uses a DVI (Digital Visual Interface) or VGA (Video Graphics Array) cable. These are slightly larger, older connectors, but they use the same basic technology as an HDMI cable. If your computer uses a DVI or VGA cable but the TV does not (or vice versa), converter cables can be purchased as well.

Optimizing your PC’s display settings for the new screen

You may notice that your computer’s display will appear distorted, too small, or too large on the TV screen. This is simply because the settings need changed for the new display. Open Settings on your PC then click System > Display > Advanced display settings > Display adapter properties for Display 1. From here, click List All Modes and select the resolution that matches your TV’s.

And there you have it! Your new setup is ready to go. But first, have you decided on a mount for this TV? Can’t decide where to put it?

If you’re still having problems with your setup, give us a call! Our techs are experienced with television and computer setup and will be happy to help you. Get a quote today!

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