Why won’t my laptop connect to my HDTV via HDMI?

darby August 8, 2012

I have an Xbox and it works fine, but when I try to connect my laptop it does not work. Why could that be?

  1. Freud Iomc
    October 19, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Had this problem just the other evening.... use your laptops keyboard combination to push your video output to the TV... if you see a blank screen, it's the resolution of the TV. Use the TV remote try different settings until you find one compatible with your laptop.

    Hope this helps.

  2. Hoku Sarroca
    August 9, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    ohhh a friend of mine had the same problem, it didn't work on her tv but worked on someone elses tv, this I must share with her. Thank YOU

  3. Kevin Green
    August 8, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Many laptops have a key that controls second monitors/projectors. Mine looks like a laptop and a second screen. It should be in your function key row. try taping that once you plug your tv in. most bring up a little window with different options you can flip through. Usually what you want is duplicate mode.

  4. Burhan Ahmed
    August 8, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    press windows Key + P . and select mirror or extended mode

    • Oron
      August 9, 2012 at 10:19 am

      I second that, but initially only use extended mode, so that you can find out what screen resolution works best on the TV.

  5. Xulsmar
    August 8, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Check the resolution of your tv, make sure your computer is putting out that resolution. tvs aren't as versatile as monitors.

  6. ferdinan Sitohang
    August 8, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Please read the manual of your television and laptop carefully. Usually it just a matter of configuration like Bruce said

  7. milko
    August 8, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Just. Press the home key and the letter P at the same time :D

  8. Tristan Kuhns
    August 8, 2012 at 8:02 am

    You can fiddle around with it in the graphics control panel
    Just right click your desktop --> Click Screen Resolution.
    When the window pops up, 2 monitors should be displayed. From this menu you can change the dominant display, or secondary.
    Hit apply to make the changes
    worst case, inspect the jack on your computer, stuff happens I once had a broken display port.

  9. Rob Bannister
    August 8, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Right click your desktop and click screen resolution to enable your hdmi output as an extended desktop

  10. Bruce Epper
    August 8, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Many laptops have a keyboard combination you must press to switch to HDMI output to another device. Check your documentation for specifics.

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