Fix HDMI Output Problems in Windows 10

Windows 10 HDMI solution guide, HDMI is a popular choice in connection methods for both video and audio output. That’s why so many people are using it. Many Windows users have reported various problems with HDMI output, however. windows-10-laptop-with-hdmi-port 1

The high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) standard is used for both video and audio output.

In Windows, the HDMI output is integrated into the graphics adapter driver, which creates issues that aren’t present in other operating systems.

This can result in a general failure with HDMI compatibility while using an external monitor, TV or projector.

Connecting your PC to an HDMI-compatible monitor, TV, or speaker can cause interference with the display or audio, such as static noise. Here’s what you need to know about why this might happen and how to fix it.

There are a few simple steps before this article begins discussing the more complicated troubleshooting methods.

Make sure you use the correct HDMI cable for your PC

The majority of HDMI devices have two or more HDMI input ports. So it is important that the HDMI display’s source of input is set to the same HDMI port connected to your PC.

If the input source is HDMI 1, you will need to make sure that your cable is properly connected to an available HDMI 1 Port. hdmi-port-windows-10 2

If your PC and HDMI devices use different cable types, you can buy and make use of adapters.

  1. First, inspect your HDMI connections. Unplug the cables and then plug it back in again. Make sure the fit is tight and snug for an optimal experience.
  2. Boot your HDMI monitor, TV, or speakers, and then boot your PC. Then, power down your HDMI device before unplugging them. Wait for one minute, plug them in and power them on. This will refresh your HDMI connection and you’ll be ready to follow the next steps.

Set your HDMI device as the default audio device

Your PC typically only outputs sound to one audio device at a time. If you are using an HDMI cable, but your HDMI device is not set as the default output option, the HDMI audio will become unavailable.

In case you are experiencing sound issues, try switching your default playback device in Windows. If you have one with an HDMI audio output, try selecting that device and then test the configuration again.

In case you are plugging in or unplugging a display, switch your primary audio playback device to see if it resolves the issue.

Here are the steps to configuring the video output when an HDMI cable is connected.

You will be able to select “HDMI as default” when using an HDMI connection. Otherwise, it will output into your computer’s monitor and speakers.

  1. Right-click on the volume icon on the taskbar.
  2. Click ‘Playback devices’. The sound window will open.
  3. On the ‘Playback’ tab, select HDMI or your digital output device.
  4. Set the option as default. windows-10-hdmi-audio-default-playback-device 3

Make sure to enable the ‘Show Disabled Devices’ option so you can view all the devices connected to your computer.

Roll back to an older driver

Open ‘Device Manager’, then find the malfunctioning driver. It will usually have an exclamation mark next to it. Right click on the driver and select the ‘Roll back driver’ option. This will install the preceding version of the driver.

Go to the Properties tab in Windows Device Manager, located under ‘Hardware’. Pointer out the destination device, click on it and select Troubleshoot from the top bar. Try to roll back your driver there and see if that works for you. rollback-hdmi-device-driver-to-fix-output-problem 4

One of the simplest ways to update drivers is by using “Windows Update.” This way, you’ll automatically have access to the latest version of your driver and no additional steps are required.

To update your drivers using “Windows Update,” follow these steps:

  1. Open ‘Device manager’ and find the malfunctioning driver.
  2. Right click on it and select ‘uninstall’. uninstall-driver-to-fix-windows-10-hdmi-output-problem 5
  3. Select ‘Delete the driver software’ and click ‘OK’.
  4. Restart your PC.

Update to the latest drivers

Often, fixing these issues can be done by installing the latest drivers. A quick website visit will direct you to download drivers for free and get you back up and running with next to no fuss.

Install the drivers in compatibility mode

  1. Right click on the driver setup file and choose ‘Properties’.
  2. Go to the ‘Compatibility’ tab.
  3. Select ‘Run this program in compatibility mode’ and choose Windows 7.
  4. Click ‘Apply’ and ‘OK’.
  5. Run the setup file.

Update your Operating System

Microsoft is constantly updating their software and hardware to ensure that the world can get access to the most powerful games, Windows 10 HDMI solution guide applications, and various computing solutions.

The latest Windows OS update is recommended; it provides a better experience while using your PC system.

Type “update” in the search box to access Windows Update and click ‘Update Now’ if anything new is available. This works for every version of Windows.

Then go to Settings> Updates & Security > Check for Updates and install the latest available updates.

Replace your cable

There are some situations that are hardware-related issues as opposed to software-related issues.

For these cases, it may help to try other products in order to determine whether those help resolve any issues you might be experiencing with the product you currently use.

If Windows 10 HDMI output problems persist, please contact Microsoft Support. We hope the solutions provided helped you fix your HDMI output problems. Help out the community by telling us what solution/s worked for you.

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