[Guide] How to Enable Motherboard HDMI?

How to enable Motherboard HDMI

We will look at how to enable motherboard HDMI and what you need to do if your computer has integrated graphics.

Integrated graphics are typically less potent than their discrete counterparts.

Still, they are becoming more popular in budget-friendly builds because the cost of adding a video card is expensive for most people. 

We will show you how to check your CPU for integrated graphics and install the latest driver from Intel or AMD (if necessary).

If you want to enable HDMI, you have to check to see whether your CPU supports integrated graphics or not. 

Most CPUs will have graphics built-in, but you need to check. 

If your CPU has integrated graphics, you can enable this by checking the BIOS for an option called “Integrated Graphics” or a similar setting and then allowing that feature. 

You may also need to connect your monitor before proceeding with these steps. 

We will walk you through how to install the latest driver from Intel or AMD (if necessary).

You can see that on some motherboards with a discrete GPU, some manufacturers disable the integrated graphics in the BIOS.

The motherboard’s BIOS only detects specific models of CPUs. If you have one that it doesn’t detect, then your integrated graphics won’t work either. 

If this sounds like what might be happening to you, please contact your manufacturer or check with a local computer store for more help on getting your CPU detected by the BIOS.

You should note that not all CPUs, particularly old systems, will have a built-in graphics card. If this is the case, you will need to purchase and install an add-on PCI Express video card to use your system’s onboard graphics chip(s).

How To Enable Motherboard HDMI 

We will walk you through how to enable motherboard HDMI output on Intel or AMD motherboards that feature integrated graphics chipsets.

There are four major steps:

  • Check for Integrated Graphics in Your CPU
  • Enable Integrated Graphic in BIOS
  • Connect Your Monitor
  • Install Latest Integrated Graphics Driver (if necessary)

Check for Integrated Graphics in Your CPU

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The first step is to check for integrated graphics in your CPU.

If you are using an Intel motherboard, you can do checking the specifications on the manufacturer’s website or contacting a representative from customer service. 

Suppose you have an Intel processor with built-in graphics like Core I processors (i.e., 5000 series).

In that case, it will show as being compatible either under Processor Graphics or Integrated Graphics depending on which variant of onboard graphics chipset was incorporated onto your chip when manufactured.

You may also note that at checkout.

You can also open the settings in Windows 10. Select “System” and then “About.”

Do a quick google search to see if your CPU has integrated graphics.

If you are using an AMD motherboard, select Enable, and it will display Integrated Graphics in BIOS during startup or before Windows starts loading.

If not, contact customer service for help on enabling it and what driver is compatible with your system.

Another way is to right-click This Pc and then go to properties. It will tell you about the processor type and model, which you can search online for IGPU specs.

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Enable Integrated Graphic in BIOS

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  • Select the BIOS tab in your motherboard settings.
  • Boot into the advanced or basic mode by pressing F12 on startup(Common keys include Escape, Delete, F1, F2, F8). You will have to enter your system password if you set one up previously 
  • In Advanced Mode, find Integrated Graphics Configuration and enable it by changing from “Auto” to Enabled or Disabled (if you want to disable it).
  • Exit and save these changes before booting back into Windows after restarting your computer.

Now check out Motherboard HDMI Output.

Connect Your Monitor

You will need to use an adapter that converts these inputs into one of the two previous formats.

  • Connect the HDMI or DVI cable from your monitor to your motherboard. 
  • If you want to connect a VGA, D-SUB, component input, or composite device other than an HDTV set, you can use a converter.

(a typical example is using an HMDI converter).

The instructions for making this connection vary depending on what type of monitor and video source equipment it is being connected to.

Make sure all connections are secure before proceeding with the installation.

Install Latest Integrated Graphics Driver

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If you want to add a secondary monitor and it’s not detected, you may need to update your Integrated Graphics Driver.

Be careful not to select the wrong graphics driver for your card, which can cause problems with installation and performance.

To install the latest integrated graphics driver, follow the steps given below:

  • Open Device Manager in Windows. You’ll find unidentified devices under the Other devices section.
  • Let Windows automatically search for the required driver or download and install the latest driver from the CPU manufacturer website.
  • Restart your computer and wait for the secondary monitor to be detected.

Why Enable Motherboard HDMI?

Enabling motherboard HDMI provides the advantage of connecting additional monitors to your system.

There is usually only one HDMI port on most motherboards.

However, if you have a GPU installed, you can have either just one HDMI port or multiple HDMI ports, depending upon the model and its age.

The onboard HDMI can be helpful when connecting multiple displays when you have an older GPU or if the HDMI port on your GPU is damaged.



Watch out for how many monitors you will need to set up when enabling motherboard HMDI.

The best solution is to connect these monitors to the HDMI ports that your GPU has if there are enough HDMI ports for your needs.

Connecting extra monitors to the board can be accomplished through the onboard HDMI.

The performance of multi-monitor configurations can go down depending on how many displays are set up, significantly if you change your windows between them.

It may be adequate for most people to connect a monitor to an HDMI port on the GPU and another to an HDMI port on the motherboard.


Can I connect HDMI to the motherboard?

Initially, you have the option of connecting the HDMI adapter to either the built-in HDMI port of the PC or the discrete HDMI port of the display card.

Typically, the BIOS of most motherboards will recognize a display card, and you will not need to activate the PCI-E slot for the display card the first time.

How do I enable a disabled HDMI port?

You can use an HDMI cable to connect a monitor or television.

If you have been using a graphics card and have disabled the PCI graphics card, the onboard graphics card can be disabled.

Depending on your configuration, you might have to re-enable the onboard graphics card or make the display automatically.

How do I enable my motherboard display?

Step 1: When the system powers on, press or tap the ‘Delete’ key to enter the bios.

Step 2: Navigate to the ‘Advanced menu and select System Agent (SA) ConfigurationGraphics Configuration > Enable iGPU Multi-Monitor.

If I have a graphics card that has an HDMI port, would I still need a motherboard with an HDMI?

PCIe slots are only for dedicated graphics cards. There is no connection between HDMI and dedicated video cards.

If you are connecting your video card to the monitor using an HDMI cable, you will need an HDMI port.

Should I connect my HDMI cable with the motherboard or graphics card?

Essentially, you replace the integrated graphics found on the motherboard when you install a GPU.

The HDMI port on a graphics card is most definitely a good choice if you have a GPU.

Why is there an HDMI port on a motherboard if it only works on the GPU?

What is the point of even having it?

When two monitors work together, the GPU sends a signal to each screen, and the GPU must send a signal to both screens simultaneously for two monitors to be displayed at the same time.

The GPUs built within the processor are connected to HDMI ports on the motherboard.

Do I plug my HDMI/display port into the motherboard or GPU?

You should take advantage of the HDMI port on your dedicated graphics card if you’re going to buy one and ignore any ports on the motherboard.

Can you use the HDMI port on the motherboard?

The short answer is yes. However, there are few factors to be considered.

The particular CPU you selected should also be equipped with a built-in graphics chip, making it an APU.

Integrated graphics are built into your motherboard.

Now, I can’t remember if they can do without an APU, but I presume that would be true.

How do I activate the HDMI port onboard?

There is a possibility that the CPU’s HDMI graphics were disabled.

Under the Advanced/System Agent section, find the GPU onboard graphics multi-monitor setting.

Tap/hold the Delete key or F8 key, then choose Configuration/Graphics Configuration. If necessary, allow this BIOS configuration.

What is the HDMI port in a motherboard?

Most CPUs have onboard graphics. The Ryzen 1/2XXX series, for example, does not have an integrated GPU.

Why isn’t my HDMI adapter functioning?

You must connect the mobile device to the Multimedia Hyperlink (MHL) input on the TV. Please enable the MHL input on the TV.

The TV needs a fresh set of software. Make sure all connected devices are disconnected and reset.

Does the HDMI motherboard work?

The motherboard supports integrated graphics, so it is possible to use it without an external graphics card.

With an integrated graphics processor, the HDMI port will not work.

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