How do I use an external dvd/hdmi player with my laptop?

by on March 18, 2012

Q: How do I use an external dvd/hdmi player with my laptop? I’ve connected the two together via an HDMI cable but nothing happens.


One Response to “How do I use an external dvd/hdmi player with my laptop?”
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    So I think you are trying to do this incorrectly. Your HDMI port on your laptop is for HDMI out not for HDMI in. Your laptop cannot be used as a “monitor” or a “TV” where you can send it a signal unless it is a DVD drive that connects via USB or another port that is designed to receive a signal.

    For a quick review HDMI is for out only on laptops and in only on TVs and monitors. USB on your laptop is bidirectional and will be able to receive and send a signal so you would need a DVD drive (not player) that has a USB connection to be able to watch DVDs on your laptop.