How to Connect DVI to TV

By Joey Perez

DVI cables provide superior high resolution digital video to computer monitors and televisions. But sometimes the video source or the display type doesn’t have a DVI connection. But you can still connect various components to a TV with a DVI cable.

Things You'll Need

  • Standard DVI cable
  • DVI-to-HDMI cable
  • DVI-to-VGA cable
  • VGA-to-DVI adapter
  • DVI to Component RGB adapter and component cable

Televisions With a DVI Connection

Step 1

Find the connection type from your video source (PC, cable box, etc.) If it has a DVI connection, use a standard DVI cable to connect the DVI output to the DVI input on your TV. If your video source does not have a DVI output, move on to step 2.

Step 2

Choose the appropriate cable with one end that has a DVI connection and the other with the appropriate connection type (HDMI, VGA, etc.). Connect the HDMI end into the output on your source, and connect the DVI end to the DVI input on your TV.

Step 3

Use a VGA-to-DVI adapter to connect it to your video source if it only has VGA out. Connect a standard DVI cable from the adapter to the DVI input on your TV.

Televisions With Only an HDMI Connection

Step 1

Connect the DVI end of a DVI-to-HDMI cable into the output on your video source.

Step 2

Plug the HDMI end of the cable into the TV.

Step 3

Switch the TV to the correct HDMI input.

Video Sources with DVI to Televisions with Component (RGB) inputs

Step 1

Connect DVI to Component RGB adapter and component cable to the DVI output on your video source.

Step 2

Connect one end of the component cable into the adapter.

Step 3

Connect the other end of the component cable into the TV.

Step 4

Switch the TV to the correct Component input.

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