How to Hook Up a Dell Computer to a TV

By Mason Howard

Hooking a computer up to a television is convenient for watching movies or presenting information to larger groups. People who work in the audio-visual industry also often connect their computers to monitors for viewing work in progress. With the proper cables, and by adjusting a few settings on your computer and television, your Dell computer can be easily hooked up to a television. Make sure you have a manual or guide that specifies what and where the various ports are on your Dell model and television.

Things You'll Need

  • S-video cable
  • Standard RCA audio cable

Step 1

Count the number of prong holes on the S-video ports on both the back of your television and on your computer. S-video cables are either four-prong or seven-prong. Buy the appropriate cable. If ports are at all incongruous, various adapters can be added. Consult the service person when buying cables if you have any questions.

Step 2

Turn off your computer.

Step 3

Connect one end of the S-video cable to the S-video out port on the computer. Connect the other end to the Video In port on the television.

Step 4

Plug the single prong end of the audio cable into your computer’s headphone jack.

Step 5

Plug the double prong end of the audio cable to your television’s Audio In ports.

Step 6

Turn on your computer and television.

Step 7

Change display settings on your computer. Open your computer’s Control Panel. Click "Appearances and Themes." Select "Display," then click the "Settings" tab. Click "Advanced." Choose the "Intel Extreme Graphics tab," then select "Graphic Properties." Click "TV" if you want to use only the TV and not the computer display. Select "Dual Display" if you want to use both the TV and the computer display together. Choose "Device Settings" and change your display resolution to 800 x 600. Click "Confirm" to apply the changes.

Step 8

Flip through the Input selections on the television and choose AV1 or AV2, depending on which video ports you plugged into on your television.