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How to use the TV as an additional monitor


To fully use the TV as a monitor for a computer, you need to make sure that it fits a number of requirements.

The first condition for a television model is image quality. The resolution recommended for the 32 ″ diagonal is 1920 x 1080. But the backlight is better to choose LED, otherwise the picture will become blurry and will not deliver aesthetic pleasure. It is worth buying a TV with a resolution greater than the minimum.

Pros of the interaction of the TV with the PC:

  1. In terms of screen resolution, TVs reach 4K HD, so they transmit a picture more realistic and more detailed than PC displays.
  2. Viewing will then be more comfortable, due to a different viewing angle than the monitor.
  3. Plus, the convenience of connecting - at least two ports in the configuration. Receiving video devices are equipped with an antenna and a television tuner.
  4. The presence of speakers adds an argument in favor of TV.

Cons of the TV instead of the monitor:

  1. Large dimensions. It is inconvenient to use the TV as a monitor for a computer. Large models are simply not suitable for installation on a regular computer desk.
  2. A diagonal of more than 68 cm implies moving the gaze across the screen, which is also not comfortable for viewing.
  3. You cannot adjust the angle on the TV. Such a device is static.
  4. For normal operation, using a TV is not recommended, since it is advised to place the screen at a distance greater than an extended arm.

You must first study these features, and then decide whether to use a TV instead of a monitor.

Connecting a TV to a computer

Before connecting devices, you need to check which connectors they are equipped with. The options for connecting a TV monitor to a computer can be through an HDMI port, a VGA port, a DVI port, or S-Video. Consider each connection separately.

Such a connection is more advantageous. The HDMI cable gives out the image and video stream better. To connect to each other, the TV and video card PC must be equipped with HDMI inputs. You will need an HDMI-HDMI cable. If at least one device does not have such a connector, then you will have to use other methods.

It looks like an HDMI cable

VGA connection requires a standard VGA cable. On all video cards it is available. With this option, there is a minus. The screens with a large diagonal are inconvenient in work, so they are used as a second monitor for watching videos and games. Then the PC should have an additional VGA connector, but this is rare. The second output can replace the DVI port. Accordingly, you need a DVI-VGA cable. Then the standard monitor and TV can simultaneously connect to a PC.

It looks like a VGA cable

For large-sized devices, the use of a DVI connection will be most beneficial. The transmission quality in this case is the highest. To properly connect the TV to the computer via DVI, you need to find out what types of DVI the devices are equipped with. Otherwise there will be no signal.

It looks like a DVI cable

Simple connection. These connectors are not found in the most modern devices. S-Video connection transmits a medium-quality picture, the so-called analog signal.


TVs and computers with DisplayPort connectors are appearing on the market. This port is more powerful than HDMI, but not yet as popular.

It looks like DisplayPort

The latest models with Smart TV have appeared. The Wi-Fi function allows you to use your device to watch YouTube videos and photos on your PC. Wi-Fi TV can even be connected to a smartphone.

Wi-Fi will not work on the TV if the “Home Media Server” software is not installed on the computer. Instructions for setting up the program can be found on the official website. Devices cannot reproduce sound and picture at the same time, additional cables are used for this.

For the devices to work well, you need to know how to set up your TV as a monitor.

TV setup after connecting to a computer

Before connecting, for safety, both devices are turned off. Then insert the cable correctly. Using a television remote control, you must select the connection mode on the TV. If the TV should work as the main display, then no additional settings are required.

After connecting, select the signal source on the TV

The computer finds the TV automatically.

If this does not happen, the computer is configured through the "Find" button. After completing the search, set the maximum screen scan. In the "Monitor", select "Frequent screen update." If the video receiving device did not work in monitor mode, you will have to configure it additionally. This will be needed for the joint work of the TV and monitor.

Windows 7/8

For Windows 7 and Windows 8, right-click on the desktop in the "Screen Resolution" list.

Set the settings for the computer as in the photo

In the menu that opens, each monitor is determined, and by what number it is indicated. After selecting the main monitor as a checkmark, you need to save the entered data. Use the mouse to select a picture with the number of the TV. In the "Resolution" field, set the resolution that corresponds to the TV. Otherwise, the picture will be blurry.

In order for several screens to work constantly together, in the “Multiple screens” field, the “Duplication” operating mode is selected.

“Expand these screens” means to display the PC desktop on both screens at once. When crossing the border of one, the mouse moves to the second screen.

How two monitors can work

To maximize image quality settings, the resolution of the desktop and color correction are set in the properties of the video card. After all the settings, it is better to restart the computer.

Windows 10

For the TV to work properly as a monitor in this system, you must go to Start. Select the "System" section. And the next step is to enter the “Display” tab. In the “Display” item, define the screens, enter the resolution of the TV and select the mode of operation of the monitors. The display modes are the same as in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

It is often required to download a driver for a television device.

We connect the TV to the computer through the connector.

You can connect your TV to a computer using the HDMI, DVI digital interface or the outdated, but still used, analog VGA interface. Previously, a component and composite connector were used, but they are not so relevant and modern video adapters do not complete them.

I use only HDMI, DVI interfaces and will show how to create a TV connection to the computer system unit using an HDMI cable. By analogy, you can create a connection using a VGA cable, and if necessary, use the DVI-VGA adapter. Plug one end of the cable into the TV and the other into the HDMI interface of the computer.

On the TV screen, select the port number into which the HDMI connector is inserted. It remains to perform a simple setup. Right-click in an empty area of ​​the desktop and from the context menu find the item “Screen Permissions”. In the window that opens, there is a drop-down menu with the name "Multiple Screens." The item “Duplicate these screens” speaks for itself, and “Expand these screens” will enable you to drag and drop information from one monitor to another.

Thus, you can drag, for example, the workspace of the program or move the window of the video player, which in my opinion is very convenient. Here you can adjust the orientation or resolution of the screen. Here is an example with the option “Duplicate screens”.