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How do I get sound to my tv?

Last response: in Components
June 19, 2011 5:32:05 PM

I bought an hdmi cable and can get the video perfectly but sound only comes out the computer and not the tv. I went into playback devices and HDMI is not an option for sound. I read somewhere that Dell laptops don't support audio for hdmi cables, don't know if that's true. I bought a "y" adapter and plugged it into the tv and it still doesn't work. How do I get sound to my tv?

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June 19, 2011 8:28:31 PM

does your dell have optical out? if not you'll need to run a cable from the headphone jack to the amp or tv.
June 19, 2011 10:12:29 PM

Check your BIOS settings. Mine (not a dell) has a setting for sound out through HDMI.

It's possible that your laptop does not support it.
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June 20, 2011 3:29:39 AM

That depends on your laptop model and the GPU it is using. If you have an AMD GPU in your laptop you should see "AMD HDMI Output" in the sound playback settings. If not you may just be SOL. Generally if your TV is set to HDMI it's going to expect the sound to come from HDMI, not another source like RCA or stereo cables.

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June 24, 2011 7:14:20 PM

Many uses have the same problem with Dells but there seems to be a solution: see that second-to-last post here: and the first post on the next page for the solution
July 3, 2011 1:06:41 PM

Best answer selected by billgoldberg14.