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How to Connect Monitor to a PC? [Practicle Guide]

First things first. In computer terminology, PC means Personal Computer. Based on the type of use, both desktop computers and laptops are being called Personal Computer.

Click here to find what PC means? And why it called so?

Maybe in the future, we will see monitors that can connect to the PC or CPU wirelessly. But for now, we need to use cables like HDMI, VGA, DVI, Display Port cable, etc. Today, on this page, you’re going to know how to connect a monitor to your PC (step-by-step).

Here I’m using an HDMI cable to connect my CPU to the monitor. You can use other cables too. But make sure the ports are common at both ends.

Step 1 – Check the HDMI port on GPU and monitor

First, you need to check the ports on the devices that you are going to connect. For example, you need to connect to a GPU and a monitor. If both GPU and monitor have an HDMI port in common, then you can connect them with the HDMI cable. Otherwise, you need to use the converter.

HDMI cable
HDMI cable

With a converter, you can connect an HDMI port with a CPU to a display port having a monitor or vice versa. But, this is unnecessary when you select your PC parts correctly.

Step 2 – One end to GPU and the other end to monitor

Like any cable, the HDMI cable also has two sides (for input and output). But they are the same, which means it just acts like a signal transferring cable and nothing more like improving signal frequency, converting signal, etc.

So, you can connect any side of the cable to any device (GPU or monitor).

HDMI and Display ports on a monitor
HDMI and Display ports on a monitor

You will find the HDMI port on the LG monitor in the above picture. Besides that, there is a display port, and I used to display port cable to connect my PC and monitor.

Note: The HDMI and Display ports seem to be similar, but they aren’t. So you can see the port carefully and insert the cable properly without too much force. Too much pressure can damage your PC components, so avoid it.

Step 3 – Connect the power cable to the source

After connecting the CPU and monitor with HDMI, you need to connect the power cable from the power source to the monitor.

Power plug in a socket
Power plug-in a socket

Without a power source, the monitor will not work even if you connect it with the CPU.

Step 4 – Turn ON your PC

Sometimes, you may forget to turn on the power supply to the computer and result, your PC won’t get started. So make sure you switch on the power supply for both CPU and monitor.

Step 5 – Choose the ‘Auto select’ or ‘HDMI port’

Some monitors cannot select the port automatically or the monitor selection is in disable mode. So make sure that your monitor has the right settings to receive the signal from the computer.

Monitor settings
Monitor settings

Without a monitor, the PC build is incomplete. Nowadays, there is not much difference between a monitor and a TV. So, you can use any of them based on your requirement.

You can find the similarities and differences between monitors and TV here.

Hope you connect the monitor to your PC. If there is anything you want to ask, make a comment.

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