How to Enable Motherboard HDMI?

by Arslan Ashraf

How to Enable Motherboard HDMI?

The word HDMI stands for the high definition multimedia interface, which is used to connect an electronic device to get the fastest audio and video connection. It is an advanced port type useful for viewing clear images on various electronic devices like TV, monitors, etc. The HDMI port(s) is/are given on the PC’s motherboard, which is a central system with various components. The HDMI ports are one of those components arranged on the motherboard that supports the most instantaneous signals.

Everything looks fine up to this point, but not when you cannot get the utility of the HDMI port. Sometimes, users get the same black display even after connecting their second monitor to the system using an HDMI port. Well, this could happen due to several reasons, including a damaged HDMI port, cable, or any other—don’t worry since we will discuss every reason in this post. Well, if you are wondering how to enable motherboard HDMI or want to solve the black screen issue, read this post.

Why is the Motherboard HDMI Port not Working? Reasons!

Like any problem we face, there could be several reasons behind the issue. We must consider every possible solution to get to the actual solution easily. Well, we will do the same in this post. We will review any causes that are letting you not use your motherboard’s HDMI port and enjoy playing games or your favorite chores. As per our knowledge, the issue took place maybe due to

  • Faulty Motherboard: What if your motherboard isn’t working, maybe since it’s damaged or outdated? Well, this may be the reason why you’re not getting displayed on the monitor. You must check this before finding the solution. 
  • Damaged HDMI port: If the HDMI port is in a bad condition, this might be the reason why you’re unable to connect your monitor to it. There may be a lot of dust inside the port, or the inner circuitry is damaged or outdated. The solution to this issue is in the next section. 
  • Defective HDMI cable or wire: If you think that both the motherboard and the HDMI port are fine, the issue is happening due to a faulty HDMI port. In such a condition, there would be improper signal transmission so the display. 
  • No Integrated Graphics: HDMI port only does its operations when the CPU has integrated graphics. So, if your processor doesn’t have integrated graphics, this is another reason why the HDMI port isn’t working. 
  • Disabled Integrated Graphics: Suppose your CPU has integrated graphics. In such a case, you have to check whether the graphics are enabled or not. If not, this may be a reason for the HDMI’s improper working. 
  • Outdated Integrated Graphics Drivers: The outdated integrated graphics drivers may be a reason why the HDMI port isn’t working. If drivers aren’t fine, the graphics won’t, and ultimately, the HDMI port will lack proper connectivity. 

How to Enable Motherboard HDMI?

A motherboard with an HDMI port is a way of transferring signals, audio, and video to a monitor. The motherboard contains numerous ports for transmitting signals. Still, sometimes it fails to perform well because of specific port connectivity errors. Furthermore, the HDMI ports are used for connecting more than one monitor to your computer system. With the use of a motherboard, HDMI users can get multi-benefits in terms of watching their programs. 

Most people have a question: can you use motherboard HDMI with graphics cards? The answer to this question is yes, you can use the motherboard with an HDMI graphics card, but you need to consider some essential points. For using a motherboard with a graphics card, you need to arrange two monitors on your computer. Moreover, before using it confirms the video card capability, whether it supports multiple monitors or not.

Let’s now move to the more manageable steps that support enabling the motherboard HDMI. Four basic steps set the motherboard HDMI issue.

1. Ensure that the motherboard, HDMI port, and HDMI cable are fine.

First thing first, we have to start our procedure after ensuring that the motherboard, HDMI port, and HDMI cable are working fine. All the mentioned components are in their ideal condition and can give us their true utility. Let’s explore how you can ensure the stability of these elements!

  1. Check Motherboard: Start by checking the motherboard’s stability, physical appearance, and performance. If your motherboard was working fine before you went to bed, then chances are your motherboard is most probably fine for now. For more help, you can read our top guides, faulty motherboard or dead motherboard, related to the motherboard to deeply analyze the motherboard’s situation. 
  2. Check HDMI port: If you have ensured that your motherboard is fine, the next step is to check the HDMI port. First, you have to start by checking the port’s inside structure, outside appearance, and connection with the motherboard. Second, simply put a flash drive into the HDMI port to double-check whether it’s working fine or facing some issues. If it connects to the flash drive, it’s fine.
hdmi
HDMI
  1. Take a look at the HDMI cable: When you know that both the motherboard and HDMI port are fine, it’s time to move toward analyzing the HDMI cable. There are two ways to do so, first, by physical analysis, and second, by practically connecting it with some other device. So ensure that there is no damage on the cable before checking its utility by connecting it with some other device.
HDMI cable
HDMI cable

2. Double-check Integrated Graphics in your CPU

The second step involved checking the integrated graphics in your CPU because the HDMI port only works on your motherboard because of the integrated graphics, not because of the dedicated GPU. If you know the name of the CPU, you don’t have to follow the process given below. If not, be with me, and let’s uncover the processor’s mystery in no time!

  • Step 1: Open Settings in Windows > go to system > scroll to end and go to About.
setting about
  • Step 2: Go to Device specifications > copy/note the processor’s name.  
Processor Name
Processor Name

If you’re an expert, you can easily assess whether the CPU has integrated graphics by only seeing the name. But, How? Well, if it’s an AMD Ryzen CPU with the suffix “G” or an Intel CPU with the suffix “K” at the end, it has integrated graphics. On the other hand, if it doesn’t follow the above criterion, Search for the CPU model number and name on the internet. Then open the webpage and check the processor’s specifications. 

3. Enable Integrated Graphics Using BIOS

When you have confirmed that the integrated graphics are in your CPU, it’s time to move towards BIOS and turn on the integrated graphics. Remember that the selection of the perfect key to move into the BIOS is also a necessary step. Well, the most commonly used keys are Delete, Esc (escape), F1, F2, F8, and F12. When we say open up the BIOS section using the, it means to press the one your specific PC has. So, when you know every important thing, let’s dive into the steps!

  • Step 1: Restart your computer and let it turn back on. 
  • Step 2: Keep pressing the boot key when the PC is being restarted until you access the troubleshooting window.
  • Step 3: Navigate to the Advanced tab > find the setting related to iGPU.

Note: Each BIOS’s interface could be different for different Windows systems, so the options could be different as well. Well, there may be options like iGPU, iGPU Multi-Monitor, or Internal Graphics stipulating the same thing, integrated graphics.   

  • Step 4: Set the iGPU to Enabled > Save the changes.

After doing everything mentioned above, restart your computer and permit it to boot up completely. Once the PC is back, use it as you were before. Next, we will try to update the drivers and connect the monitor to the motherboard using HDMI and check whether the issue has been resolved or not. 

4. Install the Latest Integrated Graphics Drivers

The final step while enabling the motherboard’s HDMI port by updating the latest integrated graphics driver. In this section, all you have to do is to install the integrated graphics driver and try connecting the monitor. For your information, the whole process contains only a simple set of steps. Those include

  • Step 1: Start by pressing the Windows key + X to access a set of options. 
  • Step 2: Locate the sixth option, Device Manager, and click it. 
Device Manager
Device Manager
  • Step 3: Go to the seventh option, Display Adaptors > open it.
  • Step 4: Navigate to the integrated graphics > right-click on it to uncover some more options.
Display Adapters
Display Adapters
  • Step 5: Select Update driver unless it’s not the latest one. Wait until the downloading and installation isn’t completed. 

After that, all you have to do is to restart your computer and wait until the PC isn’t turned on back with all the new changes. Now, once the computer is turned on, go to the next step. 

5. Connect Your new Monitor

This is where you need to connect your second monitor to your system using the HDMI port on your motherboard. But before connecting, make sure your system is off and there is no power on your PC. If you have ensured this, let’s explore how to connect the new display to your PC!

  • Step 1: First, ensure you have all the necessary equipment, like an HDMI cable, a spare HDMI port, and a monitor.
  • Step 2: Connect the cable to the monitor and the system’s HDMI port. 
  • Step 3: After that, simply turn on your system and enter your credentials. Now right-click on the desktop, select display, and move to the setting.
Display Setting
Display Setting

Note: In the end, checking the order of primary and secondary monitors is either proper or not. In case of disorder, arrange them manually or press apply.

Conclusion

Every motherboard has HDMI ports, also known as video ports, to connect different monitors and send video and audio signals. Everything looks pretty decent up to this point, but the issue arrived when you tried to connect multiple monitors with a single system. The HDMI port isn’t detecting the new monitor. This makes the users confused regarding enabling motherboard HDMI and resolving the issue. Well, if you’re facing the same issue or just want to increase your knowledge about how to connect multiple displays, this post is for you.

First of all, you have to start by analyzing the possible reason for the issue. This may be due to a faulty motherboard, HDMI port, or HDMI cable. If these are fine, in your case, you may need to check whether there are integrated graphics since these are essential to connect multiple displays. After that, move towards enabling integrated graphics using the BIOS setting, installing the latest integrated graphics, and then connecting the monitor while following the method we have given above.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the HDMI motherboard work?

The motherboard HDMI will work if you pair a CPU having integrated graphics with it. Suppose there is a processor in your system that lacks integrated graphics. In such a case, you either have to compromise connecting multiple displays or purchase a new chip.

How do I activate the HDMI port onboard?

You can use the HDMI port onboard using a set of simple steps. All you have to do is to restart your PC and keep pressing F1, F2, F10, F12, Esc, or Delete to access the troubleshooting menu. After that, go to the Advanced tab and search for iGPU or Multiple Display settings. Now, just enable it and save the settings—you are good to go.

How can I know if there is an HDMI on my PC?

The easiest way to check the HDMI ports on your PC is by checking the technical specifications of your computer. You can either use the user manual that comes within the box or take some help from the internet. All you have to do is to search for the system, go to specifications, go to the I/O ports section, and view the number of HDMIs here.

Arslan Ashraf

Arslan Ashraf is a tech enthusiast and an experienced technical writer at GamingDairy. He has been writing all types of guides, tutorials, and tips for gamers, developers, and other people who use computers. His way of writing is quite unique: he starts with testing every single piece of Hardware and does a long list of experiments before writing the actual masterpiece. Well, if you have any queries, ensure to connect with him!