How to Connect a Laptop to a TV to Watch Movies

In these modern times many people have a personal computer and a television in their house. These two devices are usually used separately but if you don't have a DVD player and you want to watch the movies on your laptop on your TV screen, there is actually a way to hook up the two devices. This may sound like a highly technical process that will take up a lot of your time, but it's actually pretty straightforward and can be completed in only a few moments.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with DVD drive
  • Male-to-male VGA connector
  • Mini DVI to VGA adapter (if necessary)


    • 1

      Turn off both the TV and the computer. It's important that power is off when working with electronic connections.

    • 2

      Locate the VGA port on the back of your television and the VGA port on your computer. These are large sockets with many holes to accommodate the multiple pins on the connector. Consult your TV and computer manuals for the exact location of the VGA sockets on your particular models.

    • 3

      Verify that the connectors on your male-to-male VGA connector cable fit in the ports of your TV and laptop. For example, if your TV and computer each have VGA sockets with 15 holes, you're going to need a VGA connector cable with 15 pins in the connectors at each end.

    • 4

      Plug the connectors on the male-to-male VGA cable into the VGA ports in the laptop and TV. On some computers, like many Macs, for instance, there is a small DVI port rather than a VGA port. If this is the case you will need a small adapter cable that plugs into the DVI port and has a VGA port at the end of the cable.

    • 5

      Turn on your computer and TV and the hook up will be complete. The image on your computer screen will also be on your TV.

    • 6

      Insert a DVD into your laptop's disk drive or open a digital movie you already have stored in your computer's media player. When the movie plays it will be visible on the TV screen.

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