How to Enable Motherboard HDMI Port

If you’ve casually glanced at the back of your computer (CPU), you’ll see that there are a lot of ports residing there. All these motherboard ports are explicitly designed to perform a single designated task. One such is the HDMI port. The HDMI port on your motherboard automatically gets disabled if you’re using a graphic card. Here, we will tell you how to enable the Motherboard HDMI port. Enabling the motherboard HDMI port will allow you to connect multiple monitors via the HDMI cable. 

In this article, we will discuss about the various benefits that come with using the motherboard HDMI port and all the steps required to enable the HDMI port on your motherboard. 

Benefits of using Motherboard HDMI Port

One of the most significant advantages of enabling the motherboard HDMI port is that it allows you to connect multiple monitors simultaneously. This can be an excellent experience for those who love to enjoy an immersive gaming or movie experience. Also, having multiple displays connected allows you to keep the workflow and quicker multitasking.

Another significant advantage of the HDMI port is that it can carry 8K pictures, Dolby Digital Audio, and network connectivity to your smart TV in just one cable. If the HDMI port on your GPU is damaged, then the motherboard slot can come in handy in case you want multiple monitors on display. If you are into high-performance gaming, then the additional RAM from the 2nd monitor can give you a considerable edge when playing games such as Cyberpunk 2077 and so on. 

How To Enable The Motherboard HDMI Port?

The HDMI port on your motherboard automatically gets disabled if you’re using a graphic card. Here, we will tell you how to enable the Motherboard HDMI port. Enabling the motherboard HDMI port will allow you to connect multiple monitors via the HDMI cable. 

To enable the Motherboard HDMI port, follow the given steps.

Step 1. Check for Integrated Graphics in your CPU

The first thing to do is checking whether your CPU has integrated graphics. The primary purpose behind doing so is that the HDMI port on every motherboard runs off a CPU’s integrated graphics and NOT the graphics card. You can check for the same by doing a quick Google search for the specs of your respective CPU. 

  • To find out the CPU embedded into your system, go to Settings > System > About.
  • Everything mentioned in front of the Processor is your CPU model.
  • For Example: Processor – Intel(R) Core(™) i7-4790k CPU @ 4.00 Ghz  4.00 GHz
Check for Integrated Graphics in your CPU

Note: 

  • Most Intel CPUs come with integrated graphics
  • The majority of AMD Ryzen CPUs do NOT have integrated graphics.

Step 2. Enable Integrated Graphics in your BIOS

Once you’ve checked that your CPU comes with integrated graphics, you will need to enable those integrated graphics in your BIOS (Basic Input Output System). To do so, you will need to restart your system. When on the BLUE screen, press the common keys (F2, DEL, ESC, F8, and F12) to enter the BIOS.

Pressing these common keys will take you to the BIOS screen. Note that every BIOS interface appears different depending on the manufacturer of the motherboard or model. When in the BIOS, look for settings that resemble the following 

  • Enable GPU
  • Enable Integrated Graphics
  • Internal Graphics
  • CPU Graphics Multi-Monitor 

These settings are automatically set to be “Disabled/Off.” If you find any of the above options on your BIOS screen, simply click on “Enable/ On” to enable the Integrated Graphics. Save your settings and Exit. 

Step 3. Connect your Monitors

The next important step will be connecting the monitors with your CPU. Always connect the monitors with the CPU when the computer is OFF. Your system won’t recognize any of the monitors if you connect your monitors to the CPU while the computer is running.

  • Once you turn off your system, connect your Main Monitor to the HDMI port located at the back of your graphics card.
  • Plugin your Secondary Monitor into the HDMI port on the motherboard.
  • Once you’ve plugged both the monitors into your PC, you will need to plug in the other end of the HDMI cable into your primary and secondary monitor. 
  • Once everything has been plugged in, turn on your system and log in to Windows.
  • To configure the display, go to your desktop, right-click > display settings.
  • Now, make sure your primary and secondary monitors are arranged in the proper order. If not, just drag and align them manually. Hit Apply. 

Step 4. Install the Latest Integrated Graphics Driver

Once everything is done and dusted, you will need to install the latest version of the Integrated Graphics Driver. To do so, follow the given steps.

  • Right-click on Windows
  • Select “Device Manager.”
  • Tap on “Display Adapter”
Install Latest Integrated Graphics Driver
  • Find out the Integrated GPU
  • In case you can’t find it here, go to Other Devices > Unidentified Device
  • Download the latest Graphics driver from the manufacturer’s website
  • Once the download is complete, restart your system and wait for the changes to take effect

How to Fix HDMI Port not Working on Motherboard Issue?

The HDMI port on your motherboard automatically gets disabled if you’re using a graphic card. Following the steps given above, you can enable the HDMI port on the motherboard. However, at times, the system may fail to recognize the device, or  the device can stop functioning alltogether. 

1. Check the Monitor and Cable

This is one of the most common causes of this problem. A loose connection is often the root cause of every hardware connectivity issue. Check to ensure whether both ends of the HDMI cable are plugged in correctly into the HDMI port on the motherboard as well as in the monitor. Unplug and plug it in again just to be sure. Also, check to see if either of the HDMI ports is loose. A loose HDMI port will not let the device be recognized by the system. 

2. Check BIOS Settings

If the Integrated Graphics are disabled, then it may be a reason why the HDMI port isn’t working. In such a case, you will need to check the BIOS settings and enable the integrated graphics.

Pressing the common keys (F2, DEL, ESC, F8, and F12) will take you to the BIOS screen. Note that every BIOS interface appears different depending on the manufacturer of the motherboard or model. When in the BIOS, look for settings that resemble the following 

  • Enable GPU
  • Enable Integrated Graphics
  • Internal Graphics
  • CPU Graphics Multi-Monitor 

These settings are automatically set to be “Disabled/Off.” If you find any of the above options on your BIOS screen, simply click on “Enable/ On” to enable the Integrated Graphics. Save your settings and Exit. 

3. Install the Intel VGA Driver

At times, the problem continues to persist despite enabling the Integrated graphic in the BIOS and checking the monitor and cable. In such cases, there may be an issue with the graphics driver altogether. To tackle this, install the Intel VGA (Virtual Graphics Array) driver into your system. To do so, follow the given steps.

  • Right-click on Windows
  • Select “Device Manager.”
  • Tap on “Display Adapter”

The Intel Driver generally appears under the Display Adapter. In case it doesn’t, check for an unidentified device under “Other Devices.” Install the latest VGA driver from the motherboard manufacturer’s website or let Windows automatically search for the driver to get the display output working in Windows.

Conclusion

We hope our article was able to walk you through enabling the motherboard HDMI Port successfully. Enabling the motherboard HDMI port will allow you to connect multiple monitors via the HDMI cable. Note that many motherboards permanently disable the motherboard HDMI port in case you have a graphics card installed in any of the PCIe slots. Therefore, you will need to do some inspection in the BIOS or in the manual of your motherboard to confirm whether it supports onboard graphics alongside dedicated graphics.

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