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How do you enable the hdmi port on your computer?

I have a laptop with a hdmi port
I have read elsewhere that I need to 'enable' it in order for it to be used
How do I do this? and is it an input or an output or both?

dulan.marius3 months ago

Download EasyDriver or similar software, search the pc, see what type of Video Card (Standard VGA Graphics Adapter known also as Onboard Video Card) driver is missing, download and install it, theHDMI Port will work then, also your Dedicated Video Card, mine was Intel and i had to download from them, that because this idiots have put a bad driver on the Important Drivers Download List

Good luck mate !

othanh1 year ago
How do I set up the hdmi port on my computer?
Jareadx (author)  othanh1 year ago
I did end up getting my HDMI port working. It turned out that it was my HDMI cable that didn't work. There was nothing wrong with the computer. When I got a working HDMI cable, the computer automatically extended/mirrored my display across it.
Frollard's answer is accurate and should be all that you need. If those suggestions still don't fire that second monitor up, then there are these tips too... Some laptops still use the Function key in combination with an F key. There are usually little icons to give you a hint as to which Function/F-key combo to use to enable the external monitor. Lastly, and this is very unlikely, that you have to enable the port in the BIOS settings. I would think the default out of the box setting would have the port enabled if it is even in the BIOS setup at all, but as a last resort you can look there. Getting into the BIOS setup screen is different for all computers, but you do so at initial boot, before Windows starts to load. Some PCs use the delete button, F1 key, F2 key, etc. check your documentation. There's no mouse in the setup screens, you navigate with the keyboard only and don't change anything else in the BIOS setup at all unless you are absolutely sure you know what you're doing!
I aslo same your problem
Jareadx (author)  seerixprojex3 years ago
My computer does not seem to recognize that there is even a hdmi port on my computer.
It will automatically extend my desktop to a projector via vga but I cant see any setting regarding hdmi.

If there is a setting for it in the BIOS, where would I find it?
I have looked through it and cant see anything.

Could there be a problem with the driver?
There shouldn't be since the computer is only a couple of months old and I would not have uninstalled it.

I'm using windows 7 home premium if that helps.

Thanks for your advice,
anymore would be appreciated.
If it were in the BIOS, which I doubt actually, it would be in a section called Integrated Peripherals if the computer has a Phoenix BIOS, or something like that if it's another BIOS maker. Unfortunately, Device Manager in Windows is not going to show the HDMI port as a separate device because it is merely part of the display adapter. The fact that your display is working at proper color and resolution means it's very unlikely to be a driver problem, especially if it's a newish computer. There are two ways to investigate if Windows 7 detects something plugged into the HDMI port. From the start menu, go to the Control Panel, then click on Display, then Change Display Settings, then the Detect button. If the monitor plugged into the HDMI port is turned on and is using the cable supplied by the manufacturer, it should find it and allow you to mirror your desktop or use it as a dual display setup. Another way is what Frollard explained, if you right click on you desktop, there will be a menu item called Properties or in some cases, a link to a Control Panel for the display adapter, example Nvidia Control Panel, Graphics Properties, something like that. Once in that interface, look for something like Setup Multiple Displays, Display Devices, or anything that looks like it will help you set up multiple displays.
frollard3 years ago
On windows, hitting Start button + P should bring up the monitor sharing settings (projector mode) ...otherwise once the cable is plugged into a tv etc, going to your screen properties (right click desktop >> properties) and going to settings tab you should see all your monitors, and you can decide whether to mirror output to the 2nd screen or extend your desktop into a multi-monitor setup.

90% of the laptops I've used you simply plug it in and windows defaults to clone your laptop screen to the hdmi port.