How to connect your PC or Laptop Computer to the TV with a cable

How to connect your PC/laptop computer to your TV so you can watch IPTV / Internet TV / UK TV Streams on your TV from your computer.

You need to find out which connections your laptop or PC has and which connection your TV has. Basic rule of thumb, older computers work better with older TVs. Newer computers work well with newer TVs.

This depends on the age of the computer. Hopefully it will have a‚ HDMI connection, and hopefully your TV will too. This makes it easy, but as we all know, things are rarely that easy. If you are lucky and have modern PC/Laptop/Tablet or even phone, and a modern (LCD or similar) TV, then you can get a very cheap HDMI cable and hopefully everything will be really easy.

The first thing is to find out what connection your TV supports. Modern LCD TVs usually support 2 or 3 of the connections. These are HDMI, VGA, DVI. Take a look at these to find out which you have:

 

DVI PORT HDMI PORT VGA PORT
Picture of DVI port Modern laptops and PCs have HDMI output Older laptops and PCs have VGA video outputs
PCs had DVI. Not laptops Recent PCs, Laptops and LCD TVs Older PCs and Laptops had VGA

If you have none of those connections on your TV, or your computer will not connect to a modern TV, perhaps you have an S-Video port on your PC or laptop. (See image below)

S VHS Output
S VHS Output

‚ The easiest solution then is to use an‚ S-Video to Scart adapter kit‚ (seen below) for about ‚£8. Connect the wires to the scart socket, put that in to your TV, put the other end of the wires in to your PC, S-video is obvious, but the 3.5mm stereo (small headphone type) connection goes in to the sound output on your PC (small green socket) or Laptop (it will have a headphone icon on the correct socket, don't put it in the mic socket by mistake!).

S-Video to Scart Adapter Kit

Failing one of those "easy" solutions, read on.

You need to see which of those connections your computer or laptop has. ‚ Then comes the tricky? part. Finding the correct cable to go from your output port (on the source device such as your computer) to the input port on the destination device (your TV).

The main problem is if your source device only has VGA. VGA is an Analogue signal and DVI and HDMI are digital. They are not straight forwardly compatible. You cannot connect VGA to HDMI or VGA to DVI with just a cable. You need to buy ‚ a converter such as this‚ VGA to HDMI converter - ‚£23. Or this VGA to DVI converter for ‚£33. Then you need a couple of cables, a VGA to VGA cable (maybe ‚£3) which you plug in to your laptop/PC VGA port and then in to the converter. And if using HDMI then you need to connect a 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable (‚£2) for the sound from your computer sound output or headphone output in to the converter.

Once you have your source device connected to the converter, you will want to connect the converter to the TV. So get whatever cable you need. So if its a HDMI converter because your TV has a HDMI port, then buy a HDMI to HDMI cable. Or a DVi to DVI cable if your TV has DVI input port.

Get these off ebay but be aware that cheap cables from ebay are often very low quality and might break. Perhaps look for HQ (High Quality) or something.

Bottom line is, check what video output your computer has (we'll call this connection A), and check what video input your TV device has (connection B) . Then search for a "connection A to connection B adapter" - BUT do some research and make sure the 2 are compatible with a cable, if not you'll have to buy a "Connection A to connection B converter"

If you have a full size PC (Not a laptop) then you can add a HDMI port via a new graphics card such as this: Sapphire 11166-02-20R HD 5450 1GB DDR3 PCIE HDMI Graphics Card -
 

dvi to hdmi cable
dvi to hdmi cable

 

hdmi cable
Simple HDMI cable - most modern laptops, tablets, PCs and TVs and some phones have HDMI

 

VGA Cable
VGA Cable. Older laptops and PCs have VGA
Modern laptops and PCs have HDMI output
Modern laptops and PCs have HDMI output. This also has S-video and VGA! HDMI is best. S-Video is low quality. VGA is incompatible with most TVs and would need a VGA to TV signal converter.