Panasonic makes a broad range of professional displays. While they use similar technology to their consumer electronics products, they are designed to operate well in business applications that require them to be installed at nontraditional angles and that require them to stay on for long periods of time. These professional displays feature a wide range of inputs including 15-pin Video Graphics Adapter inputs and digital High Definition Multimedia Interface jacks, either of which let you connect a laptop computer.
- Connect one end of your video cable to your laptop computer’s video output. If your laptop has one, use its flat and wide HDMI port. If not, use the VGA port. In either case, the connector has a trapezoidal shape and will only go in the right way. While both HDMI and VGA ports can have a slightly tight fit, they should not need to be forced.
- Connect the other end of the cable to the corresponding port on your Panasonic TV. Many Panasonic TV sets have multiple HDMI ports, so pay attention to the number of the port that you actually used.
- Connect an audio cable with 3.5-mm plugs on either end between the “line-out” or “headphone” jack on your computer and the “Audio In” jack on your Panasonic TV. Since many of these TVs have multiple Audio jacks, use the one that corresponds to the video input that you used. If you are using an HDMI cable and your laptop computer sends audio over HDMI, you can skip this step.
- Turn your Panasonic TV on by pressing its “Power” button.
- Press the “Input” button on the remote control or the TV’s button panel until the connection that you used for your laptop is displayed on the screen. You might need to press the Input button a few times to cycle through inputs that you are not using to get to the one that you need. Note that some Panasonic TVs do not have a single “Input” button and instead have separate buttons for each input. In this instance, press the button that coresponds to the input you selected.
- Turn your laptop’s video output on if its display does not appear on your Panasonic TV. To do this, hold down the “Fn” key and press the appropriate numbered function key located above the top row of your keyboard. Different computers use different function keys to turn on the video output, so look for a key that has a text label like “CRT/LCD” or “LCD/VGA” or for a key with an image of a monitor or a monitor and computer.