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How to fix the HDMI not working on Windows 10

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Are you having an issue “HDMI not working on windows 10″? And you are not able to figure out whether it is the laptop or the HDMI cable? We have a simple solution to this problem. HDMI is an advanced improvised version of audio and video transmission. That transfers high-quality audio and video without any distortion provided the devices are compatible. But sometimes a slight error in the synchronization or even in the settings might end up malfunction the HDMI. To solve the problem do follow the steps in the given order. 

Usage of HDMI

HDMI has replaced all the outdated Audio Video connections including the AV, VGAs. It is now used in all,

  • Home theatre systems
  • LED and smart TVs
  • Network media players
  • Projectors
  • Blu-ray players
  • and even in your cars media system

HDMI has not just simplified the way of connecting components together but also enhanced the quality of both audio and video.

Why is HDMI not working on Windows 10?

HDMI is developed to ensure high-definition content on the screen. If your HDMI is not functional, there might be an issue with the HDMI cable or the port. In windows 10, there have been some common issues related to an incompatibility with:

  • The hardware
  • The graphics card driver
  • The display configuration
  • Any other issue

HDMI Handshake

HDMI works based on synchronization. It connects readily as both devices communicate with each other known as HDMI Handshake. If the embedded encryption in HDMI is not readable the device will not operate.

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HDMI handshake

HDMI error outputs

There are several ways in which an HDMI error can pop up. If:

  • The audio is not working
  • The video is not being displayed
  • HDMI not working on all devices
  • The content displayed has a lot of uproar and glitch

Troubleshooting HDMI problems

The problem in HDMI might have occurred due to numerous reasons. It is recommended to go through the fixes one by one and look at which one proves to be helpful.

Restart and Reconnect Devices

Most of the times, the error occurs due to booting issue with the device. In case, you find such problems simply reboot and reconnect your devices. For a proper pattern initially:

  • Plug-off the HDMI
  • Switch on your HDMI device i.e. speaker, T.V.
  • Turn on your Windows PC or laptop
  • Now, turn off your HDMI device while keeping the computer system on
  • Then, plug-off all HDMI connections
  • Again, plug-in the HDMI cable to system and device

In this way, the system updates the HDMI information, and this might fix the issue.

HDMI as the default device

If the system does not respond to the above-mentioned fix, the system settings might need a slight change. The Windows 10 computer system might not respond to the HDMI until the device is set as default. To list up your device, Simply:

  • Right-click the speaker icon present at the bottom right corner on your homepage
  • Select the option “Open Sound settings” from the mini dialog box
  • The system will open a mini sound settings window with tabs on the left
  • Select the Playback tab
  • This will show the device listed on your system i.e. Integrated playback speakers and HDMI
  • Select the HDMI device you want to select as default
  • Now click on “Set as default” and then “OK”

In this way, the desired HDMI device will be selected as default device on Windows 10.

Configuring Display Settings

If still problem persists, then move to manual detection of your device. In Windows 10, the system has provided an easy tracking of device by a single click of “Detect switch” option present in the settings option. For this:


Open the Windows settings by right-clicking on the windows button at the bottom left.

windows setting
windows setting
multiple displays
  • Under that, you will see a Detect button
  • Click the button to allow system to detect device

Check whether the issue has been resolved or not. If not, proceed to the next troubleshooting step.

Projection options

The projection settings are related to screen options. This allows you to control the display screen of your computer system. You can open the projection settings by simply pressing “Windows + P” keys simultaneously or simply:

  • Type “Projection settings” on the search bar
Type “Projection settings” on the search bar
  • The system provides you with 4 option. Before selecting any one of them do have the look at their working.
  • PC screen only, when you want your content to be displayed only on your 1st Computer Display.
  • Duplicate, when you want to display the same content on both the connected monitors, the one that is your 1st Display monitor, and then another that is connected via HDMI or other sources.
  • Extend, when you want to display the one content extending from your 1st Display to all other connected Display via HDMI or other sources.
  • Second-Screen only, when you want to display the content only on the Secondary monitor and not the 1st monitor.
4 display options

Update Graphics Card

An outdated driver of your graphics card can also cause issues with HDMI devices. In Windows 10, you can fix this issue through your Device manager and then rebooting system. To update the graphics card:

  • Right click on the windows button at the bottom
device manager
  • Click on Device manager, a new window will appear
device manager 02
  • Double click on display adapters, an extended drop-down menu will appear
extened menu
  • Right click on Intel® UHD Graphics and then click on Update driver
Update driver
  • A new window will open to update drivers. Click on search automatically and let the system detect any update if available. This process will take a while.
system detect any update
  • On detection of any update, you may proceed with the updating process accordingly.
  • Alternatively, you can also pursue the update by browsing your computer system if you already have a driver software saved on your computer system

These basic solutions almost cover up all the techniques to resolve your HDMI issues. The remedy covered both software and hardware aspects. The product designed by Syncwire® has the latest technology to ensure display up to 4K at an astonishing 60Hz. The new HDMI technology is completely flawless and allows lightning-fast transmission.

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