Fix Windows 10 Not Detecting HDMI TV Issue

Camilla Mo, in Common error Tags: Windows 10

 After you upgraded to Windows 10 or performed a Windows 10 update, if Windows cannot detect your TV, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Many Windows 10 users are reporting this issue. The good news is you can fix it with one of the solutions below. 

First of all, ensure there is no problem with the HDMI port and the cable:

1) Unplug the TV then plug it to the HDMI port again. Then check to see if the problem is resolved.

2) Try using a different  HDMI cable

A broken HDMI cable can cause the problem. Try using another cable, and see if the issue persists.

If there is no problem with the HDMI port and the cable, try below 2 solutions. You may not have to try both of them. Try Solution 2 if Solution 1 doesn’t solve the problem.

Solution 1: Check the display output settings

Incorrect display output settings could be the cause of TV not detecting problem. Follow steps below to check for it. 

1) Right-click the desktop and click Personalize.

2) Click Display .


3) Check if you’re able to see the TV as a second monitor.

If you are not able to see the TV on the screen, follow steps below:

1). On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and P at the same time.

2). Click Duplicate.

If Duplicate doesn’t work, try switching to Extend.

After that, check to see if Windows can detect your TV.

Solution 2: Update the graphics driver

The problem may be caused by graphics driver issue. It would occur if the Windows basic video driver is installed.

You can go to Device Manager to check the status of the display driver. You may see Microsoft Basic Display Adapter under category “Display adapters” (see below screenshot). In this case, you probably can solve the problem by updating the driver.

You can update the driver manually. But if you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update the driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will scan your computer and detect any problems then provide you with all new drivers you need. You can update the graphics drivers with the Free or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it just takes 2 clicks (and you get full support and 30-day money back guarantee).

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Launch Driver Easy and click Scan Now. Driver Easy will scan your computer and detect all problem drivers instantly. 

3. Click Update button next to the graphics driver to download and install the correct version of this driver (Update the driver step by step with the Free version).

Or click the Update All button to update all drivers automatically (this requires Pro version).

Here take Intel HD Graphics 4400 for example. Driver Easy will detect the graphics card installed on your computer.

TIP: After connecting the TV via HDMI successfully, if you can’t hear sound from the output, go to Fix HDMI No Sound in Windows 10 for the solutions.

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  • South Texas

    I have an older Toshiba TV 47″. Once Windows 10 updated, I’ve been having these annoying ‘color bricks’ appear from the bottom of the screen intermittently. Drivers are said to be updated and ok. I did not have this problem before the recent update.

  • Mick Karis

    I updated to windows ten and the connections done using HDMI cable could not work out when I connect to the TV. I followed the instruction provided of updating the driver via Device Manager. It worked and am thankful

  • Travis Haymore

    This driver easy product does NOT work for the Windows 10 update issue.

    • Camilla Mo

      Hi Travis Haymore,

      Driver Easy is a driver update tool that detects, downloads and updates any drivers. Please understand that it would help you fix driver issue but not all Windows 10 Update issues.

      You’re welcome to leave your comments again.

  • neizod

    Unplug for 10 sec then plug in TV power cord work! WHYYYYYY T-T

    • Camilla Mo

      Hi neizod,

      Glad to know that your problem solved.

  • Dee Smith

    Hi. I have a custom build desktop with an Intel 6600k cpu and a Radeon R9 390 graphics card. I shut down my computer one night and woke up the next morning to power it back on. My computer is connected to my tv via hdmi cord. When I powered my computer on the tv read no signal. I tried every port and even changed hdmi cords and it still said no signal. I plugged the hdmi cord into a different tv and found that it was fully functional. I purchased a dvi to hdmi adapter because my computer does not have vga. My tv continues to read no signal. If anyone could help me on how to troubleshoot the hardware without the screen that would be great, but any and all help will be appreciated.

    • Football Talk

      Hi there. Did you ever manage to fix this issue?

      • Robert Jr Goddard

        I had the issue with my Samsung 40′ 4K TV. When I update T.V. firmware or sometimes VGA drivers it will not find T.V. I also have a monitor that will come on but then when I plug the HDMI in it will make wired things like the mouse will disappear and the comp will freeze up or all is black. eventually I get it to work.

    • AzstroBoii

      Ever since I restarted my computer it won’t react to the hdmi connection