How to Connect PC to Sony Bravia

By Solomon Poretsky

Sony Bravia flat-screen TVs offer a range of different features. Like most modern HDTVs, they also offer a host of different connections, including HDTV ports. One of the more unusual features is that they also include VGA ports, making them easy to use as monitors with computers that lack HDMI outputs. Thanks to their wide complement of inputs and high quality digital panels, they can be an excellent alternative to the computer monitor and can also help your computer make its way into the living room.

Step 1

Turn off and unplug both your Bravia TV and computer.

Step 2

Connect your Bravia TV's ethernet jack, if it has one, to your computer network's router or switch using a standard ethernet cable with 8P8C/RJ-45 plugs at either end. If your Bravia supports wireless networking or does not have an ethernet jack, you can omit this step.

Step 3

Plug an HDMI cable into your computer's HDMI output and plug its other end into a HDMI input on your Bravia TV. Many Bravias will have a specific HDMI input for your computer, labeled with "PC". Note that you do not need to use any force to insert the HDMI connector and that it can only be put in one way.

Step 4

Make a separate video and audio connection if your computer lacks an HDMI output. Do this by connecting a standard VGA connector with DB-15 15-pin "D-sub" plugs on either end between your computer's VGA output and your Sony Bravia's PC D-sub input. The connector will only fit in the correct way, and you should tighten the thumbscrews with both plugs to ensure that they will stay in. Connect a 3.5-mm stereo miniplug between your computer's audio out jack, which may also be labeled "headphones" or "line-out," to the Bravia's PC Audio in jack.

Step 5

Plug both your Bravia TV and computer back into their respective wall outlets and turn both of them on.