Flat-screen LCD HDTVs have become increasingly attractive to consumers, due in part to their digital video and audio capabilities and their slim design. Models offer a varying number and selection of inputs and outputs for connecting components. Some also feature connection types that allow the TV to be used as computer monitor.
Check to see which types of inputs are available on your particular LCD HDTV model -- most likely some combination of HDMI, component video, S-video, composite, coaxial and PC.
See what options your computer has for connecting to an external monitor. Older models may have a standard VGA monitor port or S-video. Newer ones may feature a PC/DVI or HDMI output.
Use a cable in the format supported by both. Certain cables and adapters may allow you to create a link if the inputs on both devices do not match up, such as DVI to HDMI. Connect one end of the cable to the computer's output and the other to the corresponding input on the TV.
Press the button on the TV's remote control for that selected input to view it on the screen.
Follow the steps necessary for your particular computer to route the signal to an external monitor, if applicable — pressing "FN-F7" on a laptop, for example — to send the picture to the TV. Pressing that more than once may allow you to change screen sizes. Adjust the picture settings for the TV if necessary.
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