Return to Step 1 - Pick computer type

Step 1 - I have a desktop computer.

Return to Step 2 - Pick TV type

Step 2 - I have a HD TV. 

Step 3. Wired or Wireless?

You can use a cable to connect your computer to an HD TV but there are now wireless options as well. If you already have a WiFi network at home you can use an Apple TV or Google Chromecast to wirelessly display your computer’s screen on your TV. These options cost more than using cables but allow you the freedom to work wirelessly.


Connect Wirelessly with an Apple TV.


Apple TV is not actually a TV but a small box that connects to your TV with an HDMI cable. It’s a digital media receiver that does much more that let you put your computer screen on the TV wirelessly. Apple TV connects to Apple computers running Mac OS X Mavericks or Mountain Lion without any additional software. On Windows computers you will need to use an App like AirParrot which will allow you to mirror you desktop or extend it as another computer screen


Connect Wirelessly with a Google Chromecast.


Google Chromecast is a digital media streaming adapter that plugs into one of your HD TV’s HDMI ports. It allows you to wirelessly “Cast” content from the Google Chrome web browser to your TV.


I want to use a cable.

What type of video output does your computer have?

Look on the back of your computer to see what type of video outputs are available. Desktop computers will have at least a VGA or DVI output. Some newer computers may have a HDMI output.

Below are pictures of the most common video outputs found on desktop computers. Select the one you have or want to use.

Mini DisplayPort / Thunderbolt - Most commonly found on Apple computers but can also be found on some Windows PCs and after market video cards. For the technical details follow this link to Wikipedia

HDMI - High-Definition Multimedia Interface. For the technical details follow this link to Wikipedia. Newer computers may have HDMI out or you can upgrade your computer with a new video card that has HDMI.

DVI - Digital Visual Interface. Read all about it here. Newer computers may have DVI or you could upgrade your computer with a video card that has DVI.

VGA. Video Graphics Array. Read all about it here. Most computers will have one of these.

VGA Output


I have VGA output

Shop for computers with VGA

Shop for graphics cards with VGA

S-Video. Separated Video or Super Video. Read all about it here. S-Video will not provide the the high quality image that VGA, DVI or HDMI can provide on a HD TV.

S-Video Output


I have a S-Video output

Shop for computers with S-Video

Shop for graphics cards with S-Video

Mini DisplayPort to HD