How to Connect a Computer That Doesn't Have an HDMI Port to a TV

By Jason Taetsch

Connect the video port on your computer to the TV to watch the videos saved on your hard drive on a bigger screen. Even if your computer doesn't have an HDMI port, you can use the S-video or VGA port to establish the connection. Unlike HDMI, the other cable methods will not carry audio signals however you can still use the speakers on your computer to listen to the sound.

Things You'll Need

  • S-video cable
  • VGA cable

Step 1

Locate the "S-video" or "VGA" port on your computer. The S-video port is circular in shape while the VGA port is rectangular.

Step 2

Insert the S-video or VGA cable into the appropriate port on the computer. Secure the screws on the end of the VGA cable to lock the connection in place.

Step 3

Attach the other side of the cable to the appropriate port on the back of your TV. If you are using VGA, secure the screws on the end of the cable.

Step 4

Turn on your TV and press the "Input" button until either the "S-video" or "VGA" lettering appears on the screen. Press the "Fn" button, such as "F5" or "F9," to enable the video output on your computer, and the image from your computer will appear on the screen. Check with your computer owner's manual if you are unsure of the specific key to enable the video output for your model.