Alert from CNET Staff

 Attention forum users:  We want you to try out the new CNET forums platform! Click here to read the details. Thanks!

Home audio & video forum: How to connect PC to TV with sound please help!

by: CFrend June 20, 2009 11:43 PM PDT

Like this

0 people like this thread

Staff pick

How to connect PC to TV with sound please help!

by CFrend - 6/20/09 11:43 PM

Alright, so normally I'm a pretty tech savvy guy, but this one has me a little stumped.

This is how it goes, I have a gaming pc as my desktop in my room, and recently I added a 32" HDTV with an HDMI port to my room to the right of my pc.

Now, it is within a few feet of the PC, and I was thinking of setting up my computer with the TV as WELL as my monitor, switching it to the TV when I wanted to watch movies on the bigger screen, but back to my desktop for normal browsing etc.

Now here's my dilemma. I can get a DVI to HDMI cable, providing video at ease, but as for audio? That's where it gets tricky.
Obviously I have to have separate audio coming from the pc to the TV, because my video card wouldn't supply that.

So here's my specs PC wise:
Processor: Intel E6600 @ 3.00 GHz
RAM: 2GB G-Skill
Video Cards: 2x Nvidia 9600GT in SLi
Sound Card: Creative XFI XtremeMusic (yeah the older one.)
Motherboard: XFX 680i LT Sli
Windows XP Professional SP2

There's the basics. Now, here is what I want to do, and hopefully you can help me.

I want to have it so I can somewhat easily switch between using my pc by itself with my speakers, to switching over to the TV to watch movies, without having to disconnect/reconnect cables all the time.
I know that video wise it shouldn't be a problem because of the fact Nvidia's software panel allows you to switch between displays pretty seamlessly.
But as for audio, I figured I could just turn off my speakers on the PC, and have the audio cables connected to my TV.
Now I already have a splitter to convert a 3.5mm headphone jack into the red and white cables (forgive me for loose terminology,) but I will probably need another one to split the signal between two different sides right? Like one for my speakers, the other for my TV?
On my TV the HDMI slot has an audio in (red and white) underneath it, so that should be okay.

I guess what I'm trying to ask here, is what all I will need to set this up, and if it's worth all the trouble. The primary use will be to watch HD movies from my PC onto my TV, or streaming things from Hulu etc.

Thanks and please let me know if I'm leaving any important info out!


Forum Icon Legend

  • UnreadUnread
  • ReadRead
  • Locked threadLocked thread
  • ModeratorModerator
  • CNET StaffCNET Staff
  • Samsung StaffSamsung Staff
  • Norton Authorized Support TeamNorton Authorized Support Team
  • AVG StaffAVG Staff
  • avast! Staffavast! Staff
  • Webroot Support TeamWebroot Support Team
  • Acer Customer Experience TeamAcer Customer Experience Team
  • Windows Outreach TeamWindows Outreach Team
  • DISH staffDISH staff
  • Dell StaffDell Staff
  • Intel StaffIntel Staff
  • QuestionQuestion
  • Resolved questionResolved question
  • General discussionGeneral discussion
  • TipTip
  • Alert or warningAlert or warning
  • PraisePraise
  • RantRant

You are e-mailing the following post: Post Subject

Your e-mail address is used only to let the recipient know who sent the e-mail and in case of transmission error. Neither your address nor the recipient's address will be used for any other purpose.

Sorry, there was a problem emailing this post. Please try again.

Submit Email Cancel

Thank you. Sent email to


Thank you. Sent email to


You are reporting the following post: Post Subject

If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

Offensive: Sexually explicit or offensive language

Spam: Advertisements or commercial links

Disruptive posting: Flaming or offending other users

Illegal activities: Promote cracked software, or other illegal content

Sorry, there was a problem submitting your post. Please try again.

Submit Report Cancel

Your message has been submitted and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.


Your message has been submitted and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.


You are posting a reply to: Post Subject

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to the CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to CBS Interactive Site Terms of Use.

You are currently tracking this discussion. Click here to manage your tracked discussions.

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

Sorry, there was a problem submitting your post. Please try again.

Sorry, there was a problem generating the preview. Please try again.

Duplicate posts are not allowed in the forums. Please edit your post and submit again.

Submit Reply Preview Cancel

Thank you, , your post has been submitted and will appear on our site shortly.