Can I use a VGA-HDMI cable to connect my PC (VGA OUT) to my Philips TV (HDMI IN)? How do I connect my PC to my Philips TV?
No, VGA connectors are not compatible with HDMI cables and since VGA is analog and HDMI is Digital, more than a simple cable is required
You have several options:
You could buy a VGA + Audio to HDMI converter this connection. This device will connect to your PC using VGA and Audio and to your TV using HDMI. The Analog VGA and Audio signals from your PC are converted in the device and muxed into an HDMI signal that is sent to your TV
If you have a Tower/Desktop PC, you could buy and install a new graphics card in your PC with an HDMI OUTPUT since it costs almost the same as the “VGA + Audio to HDMI converter”
Are there any other Computer to TV connection methods?
If the PC has a DVI output (digital only): Use a DVI to HDMI cable (you will need to make a separate audio connection). Unlike VGA, since DVI is digital you will find cables that are HDMI on one end and DVO on the other end.
If the TV has a VGA input: you could connect the PC using a VGA cable with a separate audio connection.
If the PC has a DisplayPort or mini DisplayPort output: Use a DisplayPort -> HDMI cable. DisplayPort outputs video + audio.
HDMI / DisplayPort Audio Issues
Make sure the default playback device is the HDMI Audio Device and not your computer speakers / soundcard
The HDMI Audio device is a child device on your graphics card, which means your graphics card video and HDMI audio drivers need to be up to date and bug free (we have seen many cases where having a bad video driver resulted in no HDMI audio)
Make the TV the only output device. Sometimes if you extend your desktop to the TV or duplicate the desktop with another monitor or your laptop screen, Windows does not make the HDMI audio devices as the default audio playback device