How to Connect a Sony Bravia HDTV to a PC

by Jeff Grundy Google

    Sony's Bravia line of LCD and LED HDTVs offers innovative design and picture clarity that has received praise from owners and professional reviewers alike. With large displays that rival some computer monitors, Bravia TVs are an ideal solution for viewing 3D games from your computer or movies or videos on the Internet. Bravia TVs ship with a number of port options, which include a few designed specifically for connecting the television to a computer. Therefore, regardless of the type of computer you have, connecting it to a Sony Bravia TV is relatively simple and straightforward.

    Step 1

    Select the best type of cable to use for connecting your Sony Bravia TV and computer. Bravia TVs ship with all modern ports used for computer video cards and graphics adapters. Therefore, depending on the type of interface used on your video card, you have three possible choices: DVI, HDMI and VGA. Identify the video-out port on your video card or laptop. If you own a higher-end computer or laptop, it may have an HDMI port that resembles a large USB port. If your PC does have an HDMI port, this is the best method for connecting the computer to your Bravia TV as it supports true HDTV resolutions and digital audio over a single cable connection. If your computer does not have an HDMI port, you will need to use either a DVI or VGA cable. DVI also supports HD resolutions, but you must use a separate cable for audio. Conversely, VGA is an older, analog-only interface that does not support HDTV resolutions. You can identify DVI or VGA ports by their color in most cases; DVI ports are white and VGA ports are blue.

    Step 2

    Power off the computer and your Sony Bravia television. Connect one end of the appropriate monitor cable to the DVI, HDMI or VGA port on the PC, then plug the other end into the matching port on the Sony Bravia TV. When connecting the cable to your Bravia TV, note the label name for the port (i.e. HDMI1 or DVI1.)

    Step 3

    Route sound from the computer to the Sony Bravia TV by connecting the small end of the 3.5mm-to-RCA audio adapter cable to the "Audio Out," Speakers" or "Headphone" port on the computer and then plugging the red and white connectors on the other end of the audio cable into the matching colored RCA ports on the television. The RCA ports on the Bravia have an "Audio In" label above them. If connecting your Bravia TV to the computer with an HDMI cable, you do not need to use a separate cable for sound.

    Step 4

    Power on the Bravia TV first, then turn on the computer. Press the "Source" button the Bravia remote a few times until the label name of the port used to connect to the computer appears on the TV screen. After you select the appropriate source on the remote control, the computer display should appear on your Bravia screen automatically. However, with some older PCs or laptops, the display may not appear until you log in to Windows and the desktop appears.

    Step 5

    Go to the computer and click Start, then "Control Panel." Click the "Display" icon, then click "Change Display Settings" after the Display window opens.

    Step 6

    Click the monitor labeled number "2" under the "Change the Appearance of Your Displays" header. If there is not a monitor labeled "2" in the window, click the "Detect" button. After clicking the Detect button, two monitor icons -- one labeled "1" and the other "2" -- should then appear in the window.

    Step 7

    Click the arrow next to the drop-down list labeled "Multiple Displays" and choose "Extend These Displays." Click "Apply," then "OK" to save the settings and close the Screen Resolution window. A blank Windows desktop screen appears on the Bravia TV.

    Step 8

    Open your Web browser, a game or application on the computer. Click the top of the program window and drag to the right until the application appears on the Bravia TV. View windows on the Bravia TV just as you would on your computer or laptop.

    Tips

    • You can also enable the "Extend These Displays" option by pressing the "Windows-P" keys simultaneously and selecting it the multi-monitor configuration pop-up window.
    • If connecting your Bravia TV to an older laptop, you need to press a combination of function keys before the computer screen displays on the television. To enable the Bravia display with the laptop, press the "Fn" key and the function key labeled with a small icon or picture of a monitor on it.

    Required Items

    • DVI, HDMI or VGA monitor cable
    • 3.5mm-to-RCA Audio cable

    About the Author

    Jeff Grundy has been writing computer-related articles and tutorials since 1995. Since that time, Grundy has written many guides to using various applications that are published on numerous how-to and tutorial sites. Born and raised in South Georgia, Grundy holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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