Connecting your Microsoft Surface device to a TV can be a problem for some, especially if they haven't done so yet. Then there are those who believe that this task is not possible, and to that, we say, keep reading and let us amaze you.
HDMI port does not work on Surface
the HDMI port is an important aspect of Microsoft Surface, which is true for all laptops. However, recently some users have complained about a problem with HDMI not working after a recent Windows 10 update, so what's the problem? That could be a factor in a lot of things, but from what we can say, the problem is not hard to solve at all, and it's great. This means that even the greatest novice in the world should have no problem understanding what we are going to discuss.
What we have here is a problem that is very common, and like many common things, people tend to have a hard time figuring out how to control it. But not us, because we are masters in solving all kinds of madness, and this is one of them.
The HDMI or high definition multimedia interface is an audio / video interface that can be used to interconnect multiple multimedia devices. The most common use for this is when a processor is connected to a monitor and a projector. It can also be used to connect Bluray players and laptops to TVs or monitors.
Surface does not connect to the TV
If your Surface device doesn't connect to a second screen, try these suggestions. They are sure to help you:
- Check the HDMI connections
- Run the hardware and device troubleshooter
- Update the graphics driver
- Reset your Surface device.
1) Check the HDMI connections
The first thing you need to do here is to check for any problems with the HDMI port itself to see if it is damaged. After that, look at the cables themselves to see if they are also damaged. We suggest you try a second HDMI cable if you have one lying around the house.
2) Run the hardware and peripheral troubleshooting utility
To invoke the hardware and device troubleshooter, simply run the command prompt, type or copy and paste the command below and press Entrance.
msdt.exe -id DeviceDiagnostic
Once the troubleshooter is displayed, you can now run the tool as usual.
Follow the instructions to resolve any problem with HDMI.
3) Update the graphics driver
When your HDMI is not working, it often has to do with the graphics card driver. We suggest that you try to update the graphics driver to see if this will resolve all the issues.
To do this, press the Windows key + R, then type devmgmt.msc in the box and press the Enter key. This should immediately launch the Device Manager. After that go to Graphics Cards, locate your graphics card, right click it, then select Update Driver.
To complete this step, choose Automatically check for updated drivers from the small list, and that's it.
4) reset your Surface device
To reset your Surface device, press and hold the power button on your Surface for 30 seconds, and then release it. After that, be sure to hold down the volume up button and the power button at the same time for about 15 seconds, then release.
Wait 10 seconds after releasing the buttons, then press the power button to turn on your Surface computer.
How to Connect Surface Wirelessly to a TV
The stages involved are:
- Connect using Microsoft wireless adapter
- Install the app
- Connect the adapter
- Log into Miracast.
1) Connect using the Microsoft wireless adapter
OK, so it's likely you want to connect to a TV using the Microsoft wireless adapter, and it's a great choice because it was designed to work specifically for Windows 10 computers.
Before we start, we should point out that the adapter works best when plugged into a charging port. Check if your TV has a USB socket, then plug in the USB section of the adapter to keep it powered on. If there is no USB port present, plug it into an alternative power supply such as a battery, Surface docking station or anything else .
2) Install the app
The first step is to install the Microsoft wireless adapter on your Surface computer. It is found in the Microsoft Storeand as expected, it's free to download and use. Make sure you are logged in with your Microsoft account before trying to download it.
3) Connect to the adapter
OK, the HDMI end of the adapter must be plugged into the HDMI port on your TV or projector. From there you will need to set the input method of your TV over HDMI.
From the Surface device, access the Action Centerand click Connect. You should now see a list of devices, so select the one with the name of your wireless adapter, and it should be completed right away.
4) Connect with Miracast
First you need to check if your TV supports Miracast, and this can be done by consulting the manual or by visiting the manufacturer's official website. If everything is up to par, then let's go ahead seriously, isn't it?
What we need to do is review the Action Centerand click Connect one more time. Wait until all available devices appear on the screen and select the one you want to connect with. Keep in mind that some devices may ask for a PIN code before continuing with the connection, so pay attention to this.
We are pretty sure that everything presented here will solve your problems, but if for any reason you are still concerned, please leave us a note in the comments. Additionally, using the Microsoft Wireless Adapter is probably the best option, so if you haven't bought one yet, please do so.