how to connect external monitor to laptop

March 3, 2011 at 10:31:38
Specs: Windows Vista
Dell EXP laptop

Acer 21' monitor

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March 3, 2011 at 13:01:22
When I purchased my Acer it came with two video cords, one DVI and one VGA.

My dell laptop has a VGA input socket/plug on the back and I just plugged in my monitor and then there were two.

It is an Inspiron not an EXP but it's a dell with xp pro.

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March 3, 2011 at 13:06:05
DO NOT plug in or unplug a monitor's video cable into / from a video port while the computer is running. Doing so can damage the monitor's circuits and/or the video adapter's circuits.

Some laptops will display on an external monitor without you having to do anything.

If you get no video on an external monitor, some laptops have a key combo that you must press to toggle the display to external video only / built in display video only / sometimes both - see the Owner's or User's manual for the model.

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