Fix HDMI Output Problems in Windows 10, high-quality connection method that a lot of people use to connect their devices together. One popular use case for HDMI is connecting a desktop or laptop computer to a TV screen.
Users reported various problems when they tried outputting video content to their TVs using an HDMI cable, especially on Windows computers.
HDMI stands for High-Definition Multimedia Interface. It is the go-to standard in the audio and video world, with more than 4 billion devices having HDMI output. Most modern HDTVs have an HDMI input, as do most digital TVs and many computers as well.
HDMI issues are not uncommon. Most of your HDMI problems can be easily fixed by updating your drivers, adjusting your PC’s resolution, refreshing the display card, or resetting the connection. Below is a list of some common troubleshooting tasks you should follow to fix HDMI issues that may be affecting you right now.
Make sure you use the correct HDMI cable for your PC
Most HDMI devices have multiple HDMI input ports. So it’s important to be sure that the HDMI display’s source of input is set to the same HDMI port connected to your computer. If the input source is on HDMI 1, you’ll have to connect the cable to the HDMI 1 port.
If your HDMI device and PC use different cable connectors, you can purchase adapters for them.
- First, inspect the HDMI connections. Unplug the cables and then plug them back in again to ensure they are firmly seated.
- Boot your computer and then connect all of your monitors, audio equipment, etc. Wait for one minute. Then power up the equipment and computer. This will refresh the connections and you’ll be ready to progress to the next step.
Set your HDMI device as the default audio device
Just like how a glass of water is terrible for the construction industry, HDMI output can be a hindrance to PC audio. The glass of water could be used to make some tasty fruit punch, which would only spoil if you tried to use it in place of your company’s foundation in order to put up walls.
Select your HDMI output device by assigning it as the default device. This will change the sound to the appropriate devices. If you are switching between sound sources on your PC and the sound from an external HDMI device, open the sound devices again to make sure the right output device is activated.
Here are the steps to configuring your audio output when an HDMI cable is connected. You will be able to select HDMI as your default output when using an HDMI connection. Otherwise, it will output whatever is being played on your computer’s headphones and/or speakers.
- Right-click on the volume icon on the taskbar.
- Click ‘Playback devices’. The sound window will open.
- On the ‘Playback’ tab, select HDMI or your digital output device.
- Set the option as default.
Open up the Device Manager and allow devices to appear. This will allow you to see any devices that aren’t functional.
Rollback to an older driver
Open ‘Device Manager.’ Locate the malfunctioning driver with an exclamation mark next to it. Right-click and select ‘Roll Back Driver.’ This will install the preceding version of the driver.
To return to a previous software version, first, click the ‘Properties’ link from within your operating system. Then choose between Windows x64 or Windows 32bit and select the ‘Driver’ tab on this page. Finally, press ‘Roll Back.’ The option is usually unavailable, as seen below.
There are some times when it just makes more sense to stick with the default option! In this case, defying your instinct and using the standard driver by uninstalling any different one is an excellent idea. To uninstall the driver, follow these steps.
- Open ‘Device manager’ and find the malfunctioning driver.
- Right-click on it and select ‘uninstall’.
3.Select ‘Delete the driver software’ and click ‘OK’.
4.Restart your PC.
Update to the latest drivers
In many cases, you can solve these issues by installing the latest version of the software that came with your hardware. To find out more about your system’s requirements and to download the relevant drivers, head on over to your computer’s or graphic card’s manufacturer and get them there.
Install the drivers in compatibility mode
- Right-click on the driver setup file and choose ‘Properties’.
- Go to the ‘Compatibility’ tab.
- Select ‘Run this program in compatibility mode’ and choose Windows 7.
- Click ‘Apply’ and ‘OK’.
- Run the setup file.
Set your secondary display
When using a second display with your PC, go to either the NVIDIA or AMD graphics card control panel. The process is identical to using both manufacturers.
- Open NVIDIA Control Panel.
- Go to ‘Set up multiple displays.
- Ensure that your HDMI-connected display is showing.
- If it is not showing, try selecting and unselecting other options on the list. Some users have reported that this has enabled them to activate their secondary displays.
This video will show the different ways you can get your second monitor to work on Windows 10 when connected through an HDMI cable – especially if you’re having problems and Windows doesn’t detect it.
Run a full system scan
Computer viruses can cause problems with your computer, including HDMI connection problems. Performing a full system scan to detect malware may help. Windows’ built-in antivirus, Windows Defender, is a capable program.
To run a full system scan with Windows Defender, look to the following steps:
- Go to Start, type ‘defender’ then double click on Windows Defender to launch the program.
- In the left-hand bar, select the shield icon.
- In the new window, click the ‘Advanced scan’ option.
4.Check the ‘full scan’ option to launch a full system scan.
Some situations are hardware-related. Certain hardware components or accessories may not function properly due to the environmental surroundings in which they are used or depending on how much use they get from the user. To determine what issues are hardware-related,
we recommend checking with other people who have similar components or accessories to yours and seeing if they’ve had any of the same problems as you have been having. See if they’re willing to try borrowing your parts, and also see if this fixes your problem instead.
If your problems persist, please contact Windows 8.1 support. We hope the solutions provided helped you fix your HDMI output problems. Help us help you by telling us what solution/s worked for you.