If you’re ready to play your favorite PC games on the big screen, you’ll need to connect your laptop’s graphics card to your TV or monitor. While this might seem like a simple thing to do, it can quickly become a headache if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Luckily, there are several ways to connect your laptop to your monitor and each has its pros and cons. Learn more about the three ways below.
Before you start shopping for an external monitor, you’ll need to know your computer’s graphics card (GPU) type. There are two ways of telling what GPU you have: by looking at your computer or checking your laptop model online.
Most laptops today contain one of these three types of GPUs: AMD, Nvidia or Intel integrated graphics. Fortunately, most laptop manufacturers provide information about which type of GPU your laptop use on their website.
By knowing the GPU your laptop has, you can then decide which monitor will work best with your laptop, in terms of gaming or working.
How to connect a monitor to a laptop GPU
There are many ways to connect a monitor to a GPU laptop. The most common method is to use an HDMI cable. Most laptops have an HDMI port that you can use to connect to a monitor.
Another option is to use a DisplayPort. DisplayPort is a newer technology that is becoming more common on laptops. It is capable of higher resolutions and refreshes rates than HDMI, so it is a good choice if you want to use a high-resolution monitor.
Finally, you can also use a Thunderbolt 3 cable to connect to a monitor. Thunderbolt 3 is the fastest connection protocol available and can provide speeds of up to 40 Gbps. It is also capable of charging your laptop and connecting to other devices, making it a versatile option.
The monitor you want to connect should also have an HDMI, DisplayPort, or Thunderbolt 3 port for you to use. If not, you will need a special adapter cable that will work with your monitor and laptop. These cables are usually available from third-party sellers on Amazon or Newegg.
Be sure to check what kind of ports your monitor has before purchasing one of these cables so you can get one that works with both devices.
Another option is to buy a docking station for your laptop instead of using a cable. A docking station allows you to connect multiple monitors, Ethernet, and USB devices as well as charge your laptop all through one connection. Docking stations are also easy to set up and don’t require any special cables or adapters.
Once you have connected your monitor to your laptop, you can use it just like any other monitor that is connected directly to a computer. You can change display settings in Windows 10 by right-clicking on an empty area of your desktop and selecting Display Settings from the menu that appears.
Ways to connect a laptop to a TV
You might want to connect your laptop to a TV screen or projector, so you can share files or videos with friends and family who might not be able to see what’s on your screen. Here are three ways you can connect your laptop to another display.
You can use the project feature in windows 10 for that purpose. It will allow you to project anything from your laptop onto a bigger screen. You just have to make sure the TV supports those features. All the smart TV support it, it’s called screen sharing
The second option is by using an HDMI cable. This will give you higher picture quality and is great if you have a laptop with an HDMI output. You plug your monitor into an HDMI port on your laptop. HDMI is probably going to be your best bet if you don’t have any other ports available, as most modern TVs support HDMI inputs.
Connecting via HDMI also allows you to take advantage of HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), which prevents content from being copied off of protected devices.
Use a DVI cable to connect your monitor to your laptop. A DVI cable looks similar to an HDMI cable, but it has only one row of pins instead of two rows like an HDMI cable does. DVI cables are designed for connecting monitors directly to computers without using a video card.
The last way you can connect your laptop to your TV is through Apple’s AirPlay technology, which works wirelessly with many TVs. You just need to go into your TV’s settings and connect it up. You can then mirror what’s on your laptop screen onto your TV.
The quality is usually very good and some TVs will even let you control what’s shown on-screen using their remote controls. This method works with both Macs and PCs, but only if they are running Windows 10 or macOS Sierra.
Does HDMI go into GPU?
HDMI is designed specifically for high-definition video, so it’s no surprise that it can also be used as a connection between your laptop and an external monitor. It’s not necessary if you have only one monitor, but if you want to extend your display or mirror it on an additional screen, HDMI may be exactly what you need.
By connecting HDMI to your laptop, it will use the GPU your laptop has, being an integrated GPU or dedicated GPU. However, GPU will switch depending on what you are using the laptop for. If you are using any graphics intense application, the laptop will automatically switch to the dedicated GPU.
Can you plug a monitor into the motherboard and GPU?
There are two main ways that you can connect a monitor to your computer: through either your motherboard or your graphics card.
So yes, you can plug a monitor into both the motherboard and the GPU. However, doing so may cause issues with your computer’s display. When you plug a monitor into the motherboard, it will use the integrated graphics chip to display the image. If you also plug the monitor into the GPU, the GPU will take over.
However, you can work around these problems by using two different monitors that each plug into a different port, but it would require an extra setup on your part. If you want to use a dual monitor setup, you can connect one monitor to the motherboard and the other monitor to the GPU.
If you are using two different monitors, make sure that your computer is configured for dual monitor use. Open System Preferences, click on Display and select Arrangement. Then, check on Use Display: Only show one display. This will help keep all of your windows in sync between each monitor.
The process of hooking up your monitor will depend on your laptop’s setup. It usually involves plugging one end of an HDMI or VGA cable into your laptop and then connecting the other end to your monitor.
The same goes for USB ports, depending on which ports you have available, you might need one or two cables to complete everything. Basically, if you’re buying a new monitor, make sure it has ports that match those on your laptop so that you don’t need any adapters.