How to Enable Motherboard HDMI?

Last updated on June 26th, 2021 at 03:39 am

Many circumstances can appear where you need to enable motherboard HDMI. Even if you have a dedicated graphics card, you might need extra HDMI slots and to set up additional monitors. This article explains the processes to enable motherboard HDMI both with and without a dedicated graphics card.

How to Enable Motherboard HDMI in Different Brands? + FAQ

The process varies in different brands of motherboards; some of those are explained here. Along with that, the problems concerning motherboard HDMI also occur again and again; those are mentioned below as well. So, are you wondering whether you can use motherboard HDMI without integrated graphics? Or whether and how you can use both motherboard HDMI and external graphics HDMI at the same time? Your answers are right below.

How to Enable Motherboard HDMI?

Here is the detailed guide to enable HDMI in MSI, Asrock & Gigabyte motherboards.

How to Enable Motherboard HDMI MSI?

The HDMI display connection on a motherboard is only going to work if the integrated graphics card is enabled, so you need to do that first. Enabling integrated graphics on the motherboard is done differently according to the brand of motherboard you have. For an MSI motherboard, you need to boot up the PC and enter the BIOS, enter the del key while the system is booting up to enter BIOS.

Once in the BIOS, go into the ‘Settings’ section, then go into the ‘Advanced’ tab where you will see the option ‘Integrated graphics,’ enter it, and you will see ‘IGD multi-monitor,’ enable it. This will enable the currently disabled integrated graphics HDMI, save the changes and reboot the system.

How to Enable Motherboard HDMI ASRock?

For the ASRock motherboard, the basic process of enabling motherboard integrated graphics HDMI is mostly the same, but there are a number of details that slightly differ. Start with booting up the PC and enter del to enter the BIOS. The BIOS version of ASRock will be different from the other motherboard models.

In the BIOS, there will be the option of ‘Advanced mode’ in the upper corner of the screen. switch to the advanced mode and once in it, go under the ‘Advanced’ tab and enter the ‘Chipset configuration.’ Scroll down, and you will find the ‘IGPU multi-monitor,’ set to enable, then save the changes and reboot the system.

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How to Use Motherboard HDMI With the Graphics Card?

You can use the motherboard HDMI with a graphics card only if your motherboard is equipped with an integrated graphics card (IGPU). Then you have to enter the BIOS and enable the integrated graphics display to use the motherboard HDMI. Before that, make sure that your motherboard supports the HDMI connection type for the IGPU since others like VGA and DVI are also commonly used. You can also test your motherboard with different ways.

To enable the integrated display from the BIOS, you need to indulge in certain settings. Here are the steps you need to follow for that.

  1. Startup the PC and immediately press the BIOS key when the computer reboots. The BIOS key differs according to the motherboard’s brand; the most common ones are ESC, Del, F1, F2, F8, F10, F11, or F12. Look in your motherboard’s manual to be sure.
  2. Then you need to find the IGPU settings. BIOS versions differ from model to model; Asus and Asrock have this setting under the ‘advanced’ tab, BIOSTAR and Gigabyte have it under ‘Chipset’ or ‘Peripherals,’ and MSI, under ‘Settings.
  3. Once you have found the tab, search for options concerning IGPU, multiple displays. Enable this setting, and it will turn on the motherboard HDMI.
  4. Save the changes and turn off the PC
  5. Connect the monitor to the motherboard output and start the PC again.
  6. To proceed, you need to make sure that you have the IGPU drivers already installed on your PC. Now, you have to configure the system settings. The directions below only apply to Windows 10.
  7. Right-click the screen and go to the ‘Display settings,’ go to the Multiple Display section at the end, and ensure that the ‘Extend these displays’ or ‘Duplicate these displays’ option is selected to confirm that the extra monitor is connected through the integrated graphics.

How to Use Motherboard HDMI Without Integrated Graphics?

The answer to whether or not you can use motherboard HDMI without integrated graphics is no; you can’t. Although, you can use both the motherboard HDMI and external graphics card HDMI, provided there is an integrated graphics card as well. For that, your motherboard should have the feature supporting the use of both displays at the same time. Most of the motherboards don’t have this feature; they automatically disable the integrated graphics display after you install the external graphics card.

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For those motherboards that do have this feature, you have to change the settings to keep the integrated graphics card enabled. For that, you have to enter the BIOS and go to the graphics settings, usually under the ‘Advanced tab. Go to the graphics configuration, then enable the IGPU multi-monitor setting. There is also a setting to choose the primary display from the two. Do that and connect the monitors, and both should be shown in the display settings.

Gigabyte Motherboard HDMI, not Working-Motherboard HDMI No Signal

There can be multiple reasons for a gigabyte motherboard HDMI not working or the motherboard HDMI showing no signal. You need to recognize the issue first and then see if you can troubleshoot it. First of all, make sure that the monitor cable is connected properly and firmly to the HDMI port on the motherboard. Check if the cable pins are bent or broken, in which case you need to replace the cable.

There can also be the wrong input selected. Most monitors today have multiple connector types included like VGA, DVI, HDMI, or DisplayPort; choose the HDMI input selection on these. The buttons are on the front or lower edge of the monitor; find the options to choose the connector type and select HDMI input.

Your monitor, graphics card or motherboard itself might also be having issues keeping the signal from reaching the monitor or graphics card. To find out which component is defective. If the integrated graphics card is faulty, you can either replace the gigabyte motherboard or install an external graphics card.

Can You Go From DisplayPort to HDMI?

Newer devices today are coming mostly with HDMI or DisplayPort, and VGA is fading away. So it’s important to know how to connect HDMI and display port to each other since some devices might only support one of the two. The question is, can you connect your device, which has DisplayPort output, to an HDMI monitor input?

The answer is yes, you can go from Displayport to HDMI by using an adapter. The dual-mode DisplayPort output makes it possible, as the signals can be identified and adjusted to HDMI if a passive adapter cable is connected. At the same time, an active adapter or converter can work for both dual-mode and single-mode DisplayPort.


Enabling motherboard HDMI is not as daunting as it sounds. All you gotta do is follow some steps, carefully though. This article covers most of the concerns found in this realm, from enabling onboard graphics HDMI to the problems faced by the motherboard HDMI port. Hopefully, you will find your concern regarding your motherboard HDMI answered here.

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