PC Basics Guide
Using a TV as a Monitor
Your PC may have TV-out (select models only) capability, which means you can
connect it to a television to view the computer image on a TV screen. With the
TV-out feature, you can view the computer image, watch DVD movies (if you have
a DVD player), or play games using your TV.
Cables You May Need
To connect a TV to the PC, you may need a video cable and an audio cable
(not provided; purchase separately). The type of video cable you need depends
on your TV:
If your TV has an S-video socket, you need an S-video cable.
If your TV has a composite video socket, you need a composite video cable,
and, depending on the sockets on the back of your PC, you may also need an
S-video adapter cable.
Viewing the PC Image on Your TV Screen
The type of video card on your PC determines how the PC selects the TV-out
When you want to disconnect the TV from your PC, you may need to disable the
TV option to return your PC display to its original resolution.
Speakers are included with the monitor (select models only), or are sold
separately. For details on connecting stereo speakers to the PC, see the quick
Speakers may be passive (no power button and no powercable) or active
(power button or powercable). Your PC supports only active (powered) speaker
systems; the speaker system must have its own powercable.
A stereo speaker set is a left-right, two-channel speaker system. A multi-channel
audio speaker system is a system with more than two channels, and it may include
a subwoofer. For example, 5.1 channels, referred to as a six-speaker mode, uses
two front speakers (left-right), two rear speakers (left-right), a centre speaker, and
If your PC has multi-channel audio speaker capacity (select models only), you can
connect four channels for four speakers output or six channels for 5.1 speakers
Connect your speaker system to the PC, and then configure the audio software for