The problem is the Thinkpad T520 does’t have an HDMI port and the TV doesn’t have a VGA connector.
Is there any way to add an HDMI port to this laptop so I can connect my TV to it?
Rick’s answer: Kevin, there are a couple of ways to add an HDMI port to your laptop, but you really don’t need to.
Your Thinkpad T520 is equipped with a DisplayPort connector that provides signals that are 100% compatible with HDMI. That means all you need is an inexpensive DisplayPort to HDMI adapter cable.
You can get one of these cables from Amazon for as little as $10. You might also be able to pick one up at your local electronics retailer if they have one in stock but chances are you’ll pay extra for the convenience.
Either way, once you get the cable just plug the DisplayPort connector into your laptop and the HDMI connector into the TV and you’ll be in business!
I hope this helps Kevin. Good luck!
That’s perfect Rick. Just ordered one! Thanks for your help.
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