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Unable to display a picture from a computer that is connected to the HDMI input of the TV.

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NOTE: For general information about connecting the TV to a computer for use as a monitor, refer to the following answer:
General information about connecting a television to a computer for use as a monitor.

  1. Make sure that the procedure to output the computer screen is performed correctly.

    NOTE: The problem may be solved by turning the device off and on again or disconnecting the cable and connecting it again, even when you follow the procedure shown below. Try following the procedure to output the screen again.

    1. Select a computer screen resolution that is supported by the TV.
      If the TV does not support the resolution set on the computer, the screen image may be distorted or may not be displayed.

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      NOTE:
      • For resolutions supported by the TV, refer to the instruction manual of the TV.
      • For how to check/change the computer screen resolution, refer to the help or instruction manual of the computer.
      • It is recommended that you take a note of the computer screen resolution before changing it. (It is necessary when you restore the original setting.)
      • Use a clone or duplicate output with 1080i if it is available on the computer. Some computers are not able to output an HDMI or HD signal in certain video modes.
      • Depending on the specifications of the computer and video card, some resolutions supported by the TV are unable to be displayed. For details, refer to the instruction manual, etc., of your computer and video card.

    2. Turn off the TV and computer.
    3. Connect the HDMI input port of the TV and HDMI output port of the computer via an HDMI cable.

      NOTE: Be sure to use an authorized High Speed HDMI cable bearing the HDMI logo.

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      [A]:
      TV

      [B]: Computer
      [C]: HDMI cable (not supplied)

    4. Turn on the TV first, then turn on the computer.

      NOTE:
      • At this point, the input has not been switched to the computer, therefore the picture from the connected computer is not displayed.
      • If you turn on the connected computer first while the TV’s power is off or standby, the computer screen may not be displayed correctly.

    5. Press the Input button of the TV’s remote to change to the input that is connected to the computer.
      Most TV remotes have an Input button that cycles from one input to the next. Press the Input button repeatedly until the correct HDMI input is displayed on the TV. Be sure to check which input on the TV you are connecting to.

      NOTE: The location of the Input button on your remote and the number and names of the inputs may be different on your TV.

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      This figure shows an example connecting a computer to the TV’s HDMI1 port.

  2. If the above procedure does not solve the problem, follow the steps below.

    1. Change the computer screen output destination.
      For details on how to change it, refer to the help or instruction manual of your computer.

      The following steps show an example of the procedure for Windows 10.

      Method 1: Windows Key + P Keyboard Shortcut

      1. Make sure all open programs are closed.
      2. Hold down the Windows key and press the P key on your keyboard.
      3. Select one of the following display style options.
        • PC screen only
        • Duplicate
        • Extend
        • Second screen only
        • Project when using a computer running a Windows 10 OS

      Method 2: Display Settings

      1. On your desktop, right-click your mouse and select Display settings.

        Display settings of a computer running Windows 10

      2. Click the Multiple Displays drop-down list, and select either of the following.
        • Duplicate these displays
        • Extend these displays
        • Show only on 1
        • Show on 2
        • Multiple displays drop down menu when using Windows 10

      The following steps show an example of the procedure for Windows 8.1.

      1. Display the Charms bar on the computer, then select Project in Devices.
      2. Select the output destination.

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        • PC screen only - The image is not displayed on the TV.
        • Duplicate - The same image is displayed on both of the computer screen and the TV.
        • Extend - The image is extended onto the TV and allows you to have a desktop that spans across both the computer screen and TV.
        • Second screen only - The image is displayed on the TV only.

NOTE:

  • When using a laptop computer, you can use the keyboard to change the display mode shown above.

    For Windows
    • While holding the [Fn] key, press a function key ([F3], [F5], [F7], [F10], etc.) to change the display mode. The applicable function key varies depending on the manufacturer.
    • When using a VAIO computer, press [F7] while holding the [Fn] key.
    • If you are uncertain about the keyboard operation, refer to the instruction manual, etc., of the computer.
For Macintosh
    • Press [F7] to change the display mode.
    • If you are uncertain about the keyboard operation, refer to the instruction manual, etc., of the computer.

  • Some software for playing back video, DVDs, etc., may be unable to display images on the computer screen and external display (TV) simultaneously. In this case, set the display mode so that the image is displayed on either one of the displays.

 

  1. On the computer, select a lower screen resolution, then check if the image is output correctly.
  2. When the TV has another HDMI port, connect to it and check if the image is displayed correctly.
    (Redo steps 2 to 5 shown above.)
  3. When you have another HDMI cable, use it to reconnect.
    (Redo steps 2 to 5 shown above.)
    If changing the cable solves the problem, the original HDMI cable may have a problem.
  4. If 3 and 4 above do not solve the problem, reset the TV.
    For how to reset Android TV, refer to: How to reset an Android TV?
    For how to reset the other TV models, refer to: How to perform a power reset on a Sony television.
  5. Discharge the computer.
    Remove the AC adaptor, power cable, battery, and peripheral devices from the computer to discharge it.