It is very important to remember that common connector types is the key for a successful connection. Unless otherwise specified below, you cannot "convert" from one video connector type to another with just a Cable HDMI or adapter. There are such devices as "Video Converters." We will touch on those devices near the end of this guide.
Some computers and most TVs will have female S-Video and/or female composite video jacks (pictured right). This type of video is certainly on the lower-end of the quality spectrum, but if your equipment does not have any of the higher-end connectors discussed later in this guide, S-Video or Composite Video will get the job done (at a lower resolution than the higher-end video standards). This type of video signal is great for streaming video or slide shows onto your TV, but isn't necessarily recommended for browsing the internet, or any other situation where you'll be reading text on the screen - simply because you won't be able to achieve very high resolutions with this method. With either of these connector types, you will need to run a separate cable for audio.
If both your computer and your TV have an SVGA (HD15) female video connector (pictured left), you might be surprised how easy it is to make the connection. You can use any of our standard SVGA Cables. You will most likely need a male to male cable, since most computers and displays have female connectors.
If both your computer and your TV have an SVGA connector AND a 3.5mm jack (discussed above), you can connect both the audio and the video using one cable! See our SVGA Cables with 3.5mm Audio.
DVI-I (pictured right) is also a fairly common connector found on computers and some TVs. If both your computer and TV have a DVI-I port, you can use any of our DVI-I Cables.
DVI-I is also compatible with HDMI, so if your computer has DVI-I, and your TV has HDMI, you can use our HDMI to DVI-D Cables to make the connection. You will need to run audio separately, as DVI does not carry an audio signal.
DVI-D (pictured left) is also common on computers and TVs today. This is the "strictly digital" version of DVI. If both your computer and TV have a DVI-D port, you can use any of our DVI-D Cables.
DVI-D is also compatible with HDMI, so if your computer has DVI-D, and your TV has HDMI, you can use our HDMI to DVI-D Cable to make the connection. You will need to run audio separately, as DVI does not carry an audio signal.
Many newer computers and HDTVs are equipped with HDMI ports. If both your computer and TV have HDMI, all you need is one HDMI Cable for both audio and video.
HDMI can be considered the "easiest" way to make the connection, since it handles both audio and video on one single cable with one single connector. It will also generally yield the highest quality picture and sound.