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Wannabe Geek

# 127315 6-Aug-2013 10:34
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  If I am posting in wrong forum please let me know. If this question is asked before, sorry I am just lazy. I want to know if this will work:

Hook up laptop to my tv via HDMI, the optical cable from my tv to my receiver. Would this work, would I get 5.1 sound. 

I am thinking of getting NFL ticket online and wondered if I could get surround sound. I know I can hook the laptop to the tv via HDMI, but I don't know if I hook a optical cable from the TV to receiver if I would get sound.

Again sorry if this is a very newbie question, but I am not as young as I use to be.


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Uber Geek


  # 872554 6-Aug-2013 10:42
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It should work, yes.  Some TVs/Receivers also support HDMI back-channel for audio, negating the need for the optical cable.

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Wannabe Geek

  # 872560 6-Aug-2013 10:56
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  Thanks for the info. MY receiver is old..almost 10 years old. I can not hook up HDMI to the reciever, I have a Samsung tv..which is a few years old. So I know I can hook up my laptop to the tv but did not know if I could get the sound from my tv to the receiver.  

So I am assuming..that I have the input on the tv the HDMI port that the laptop is hooked up to..then have the audio set to my optical out??? That should work..well I am guessing.


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  # 872691 6-Aug-2013 14:47
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Should work. Depending on your laptop graphics you may have to set the resolution/HD mode for the HDMI connector on your laptop to match the TV. Also most TV's have a setting that lets you choose which volume control you want to use, ie the TV or the receiver.


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Wannabe Geek

  # 872945 7-Aug-2013 05:26
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Thanks for the info. I am going to try it out and see if it works. Thanks again.

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