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How to Connect Laptop to TV without HDMI

How to Connect Laptop to TV without HDMI

Connecting a laptop to a TV through an HDMI port is very simple and produces the best picture quality. But some people also need to know the tight way to connect a laptop to a TV without using any HDMI ports. In this article, we will be providing a solution to this problem.
Rahul Thadani
Owners of an HDTV set have the option to view their pictures and their videos on the high quality screen of their TV. These TV sets come with HDMI ports which can be connected to a variety of peripherals, in order to enable easy data transfer. Most of the new laptops come with HDMI ports, and along with these, some smartphones also have HDMI ports for this purpose. Connecting these devices to a TV set is very simple, as an HDMI cable will suffice. But the real problem arises when there is no HDMI port available.

Such a situation will arise when one does not have an HDMI port on the laptop, or when one is connecting a laptop to a regular TV that does not have an HDMI port as well. If you find yourself in such a situation, then you must not despair, because there are several options that are still available to you.

Connecting a Laptop to TV without Using HDMI Port

There are many different kinds of cables and wires that are available in the market for this purpose. Each of these cables come with their own set of issues though, so you need to consider their price and the picture quality that they are capable of producing before you pick one. The picture quality is undoubtedly the best through an HDMI port, so you will need to compromise a bit on this parameter.

S-Video Cable
This cable is also known as the Super Video cable, and this is the oldest method to connect a laptop to a TV. It also happens to be the cheapest option, and these cables are available in any electronics store. You get these cables in two versions, the 4-pin cable and the 7-pin cable. You must check the ports on your laptop and on your TV to see which one you specifically need, and you can even get a cable that connects a 4-pin port to a 7-pin port, and vice versa.

RCA Cable
This is also a pretty traditional method, and all TV sets have this particular connector port on them. There are three ports in three different colors, and these are yellow (for the video), red (for the right audio speaker) and white (for the left audio speaker). The other end of the cable will be plugged into the laptop, and all laptops will have a port for this connection. Again, this is a very economical option as well.

DVI Cable
DVI stands for Digital Video Interface, and this is also a tried and tested method for connecting a laptop to a TV set. The cable itself has an adapter that contains three rows of 8 pins each, but this cable is only capable of producing video output. An additional cable for the audio output will also need to be attached, or you can also use an RCA cable for the audio output. The quality of the video that this cable produces is superior to that of the RCA cable.

Once you have made any of these connections, you need to go to the settings on your laptop, and enable the connection to a projector or an external device. This will result in the images that you see on the laptop screen to be transferred to the TV screen. You will also need to go to the TV menu and enable input from another source, so that it can receive the transferred images. Connecting a laptop to a TV without an HDMI port is as simple as that, and anyone with a basic understanding of these ports will be able to successfully make this connection possible.