How do I connect a monitor to my laptop and have it work? Ask Leo!

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Most laptops include a VGA or DVI connection for an outward monitor. Setting it up is relatively effortless, if you know the tricks and have patience.

How do I meet up a monitor to my laptop? I can not get the monitor to work.

I see people fight with this all the time. It&rsquo,s actually somewhat frustrating, since the answers are actually elementary, just not visible.

You need to know the magic keystroke.

And you need patience. Just a few seconds worth, but you absolutely need it.

Most laptops built today include an outward monitor connection. Most are VGA, but some are kicking off to include DVI digital movie connections instead.

The back of my Dell laptop, highlighting the VGA connector.

The &lsquo,trick&rsquo,, if you want to call it that, is that they are not enabled by default. You need to take activity to send movie out that port. Typically, and this varies from laptop to laptop, there is a keystroke that does exactly that.

The CRT/LCD selection key on my Dell Laptop

Unluckily, it&rsquo,s not a ordinary spil turning it on or off.

Very first, realize that ter order to enable the CRT/LCD keystroke you typically need to be holding down an extra key, on my Dell it&rsquo,s a blue &ldquo,Fn&rdquo, key. It operates very much like CTRL or SHIFT, te that you hold it down to enable the blue functions that are printed on the key tops. So te my case it&rsquo,s Fn + CRT/LCD to enable the outer monitor.

2nd, realize that it&rsquo,s not on/off. Pressing the key repeatedly cycles however a series of combinations. For example, each time you press that key, you may cycle through thesis combinations:

  • LCD (laptop screen) only, the CRT (outer screen) is off.
  • CRT only, the LCD is off.
  • LCD and CRT both on, and displaying the same thing on both screens.
  • LCD and CRT both on, but displaying different things &ndash, together they form a larger virtual desktop where the LCD might be displaying the right side, and the CRT the left.

When you type the keystroke, the configuration switches to the next one ter the list, when you reach the last, it starts overheen at the beginning.

Your list of configurations or combinations may be different, or te a different order. There is no standard, and each

laptop may be different.

Third, and this is perhaps most significant because it&rsquo,s the source of much frustration, it can take up to Five or even Ten seconds for each fresh setting to take. And 5-10 seconds is a long time when you&rsquo,re standing te vooraanzicht of people attempting to ready your presentation. I continually see people get very frustrated when they attempt, wait one 2nd and assume that because it didn&rsquo,t work instantly it didn&rsquo,t work at all, and keep attempting thinking that nothing&rsquo,s working.

If you take nothing else from this article take this: after typing the keystroke to switch your LCD/CRT configuration, give the fresh combination at least Five seconds to take before you determine it didn&rsquo,t work. Be patient. There are several hardware related reasons for this, most typically the time it takes your CRT or projector to &lsquo,sync up&rsquo, to the signal that it&rsquo,s abruptly receiving.

The last combination where both your laptop screen and your CRT are on and displaying two different portions of a single virtual desktop warrants a little more clarification.

The likelihood of the LCD and the CRT being the same resolution or &ldquo,size&rdquo, te pixels is very low. You can see this when you look at the display settings te Windows:

I&rsquo,ll admit that it can be a little frustrating at very first to get the suspend of how your laptop treats outward monitors and how those outer monitors react, but once you do you&rsquo,ll find that the outward VGA output on your laptop might be one of its most significant features. Just ask anyone who&rsquo,s made presentations te pui of an audience.

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