How to Hook Up an HP Pavilion to the TV

By Art Corvelay

The Pavilion series by Hewlett-Packard includes several middle-of-the-road laptop and desktop computers. You may be one of the many people who use their computers to view content like TV shows and movies. However, watching that content on a 15- or 17-inch laptop screen can strain your eyes. Because most HP Pavilions come equipped with two video output ports, you can connect your HP Pavilion laptop to your TV in two distinct ways: digital or analog.

Things You'll Need

  • HDMI cable (for digital connections)
  • VGA to composite cable (for analog connections)
  • 3.5 mm to RCA cable (for analog connections)

Digital Connection

Step 1

Insert the HDMI cable into your HP Pavilion's video output port. The HDMI port is located on the left side of the laptop models. If you own a desktop model, the video output ports are on the back of the computer.

Step 2

Connect the opposite end of the HDMI cable into the video input port on your TV.

Step 3

Change the video source on your TV so that it displays your computer. Press the "Source" or "Input" button on your remote control to change the video source of your TV.

Step 4

Optimize display settings on your computer if the video display does not appear sharp. Click "Start," "Control Panel," "Appearance and Personalization," "Personalization" and "Display Settings." Change the resolution to the highest possible setting.

Analog Connection

Step 1

Insert the VGA to composite cable into your HP Pavilion's video output port. This port is on the left side of the HP Pavilion laptop computers and on the back of Pavilion desktop computers.

Step 2

Connect the opposite end of the VGA to composite cable into the video input port on your TV.

Step 3

Connect the 3.5 mm to RCA audio cable from your computer to your TV. Connect the 3.5 mm end into the headphone jack of your HP Pavilion. Then plug the RCA cables into the audio input jack of your TV.

Step 4

Change the video source on your TV so that it displays your computer. Press the "Source" or "Input" button on your remote control to change the video source of your TV.

Step 5

Optimize display settings on your computer if the video display does not appear sharp. Click "Start," "Control Panel," "Appearance and Personalization," "Personalization" and "Display Settings." Change the resolution to the highest possible setting.