How to Hook Up a Laptop to a Pioneer Plasma Through HDMI Input
By C. Taylor
Your Pioneer plasma TV offers multiple HDMI inputs for connecting various high-definition video sources. Aside from video quality, using an HDMI input offers the additional advantage of an integrated audio signal. This means that unlike other connection types, you only need one cable to transfer both audio and video. Each HDMI input supports two signal types. If you want to connect your laptop to the TV, you'll need to change the default Video signal type to "PC."
Plug one end of a HDMI cable into your laptop's HDMI output. Plug the other end into one of the numbered HDMI ports on your Pioneer plasma TV. Take note of the port number.
Turn on the Pioneer TV and press the "Input" button on your remote control to cycle through the list of available inputs. Stop when you arrive at the HDMI number that mirrors the port you used.
Press the "Home Menu" button on the remote control. Select "Option | Setup | HDMI Input | Signal Type | PC" to change the signal type for the current HDMI port. On some models, select "Input Setup | Input Setup 2/2 | [input port number] | Signal Type | PC." Press "Home Menu" or "Exit" to exit the menu.
- If your laptop only has a DVI output, use a DVI-to-HDMI cable and consult your owner's manual for the appropriate HDMI port, if applicable. Some models and/or ports don't fully support this adaptation, which could result in distorted sound or display.
- Your laptop should automatically configure the HDMI audio, but if you need to do so manually, right-click the "Speaker" icon in the Windows 8 taskbar notification area and select "Playback Devices." Right-click "HDMI Output" and select "Enable."
C. Taylor embarked on a professional writing career in 2009 and frequently writes about technology, science, business, finance, martial arts and the great outdoors. He writes for both online and offline publications, including the Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Samsung, Radio Shack, Motley Fool, Chron, Synonym and more. He received a Master of Science degree in wildlife biology from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences at College of Charleston. He also holds minors in statistics, physics and visual arts.