Connecting projector to Inspiron 1520

June 12, 2009 at 08:18:35
Specs: Windows XP
Have difficulty connecting my ViewSonic PJ560D to my Dell Laptop Inspiron 1520 port. Do I need to change (replace) the port?
Thanks Lance

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June 12, 2009 at 09:01:18
You have not provided anywhere near enough information.

ViewSonic PJ560D has these ports:

Audio Input - Stereo mini jack
Audio Out - Stereo mini jack
RGB Input - 15-pin HD, D-sub (x2)
Composite Input - RCA jack
S-Video Input - Mini-DIN 4-pin
Component Video Input: VGA DB-15 to HDTV/component cable*
RS-232 - 6-pin D-sub
RGB Output - 15-pin HD, D-sub

Which ports are you trying to use on the ViewSonic PJ560D and the laptop??

Did you READ the directions for how to hook up the ViewSonic PJ560D, and activate it in Windows ??

Once you have hooked up the ViewSonic PJ560D correctly, it may not be activated (turned on so that Windows recognizes it) in Windows automatically - you may need to go to (Control Panel - ) Display Properties - Settings, and RIGHT click on the display icon for the projector and select something to activate it in Windows.

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June 12, 2009 at 09:41:35
Try Fn+F8


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June 12, 2009 at 12:12:53
Thank you very much for the responses.
However, the problem is not with the ViewSonic. The problem is with the port in my Dell Inspiron 5120 Laptop. There connection does not take! I can't tighten the two screws as I attach the cable to the port. Is there an adaptor?

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June 12, 2009 at 13:24:22
If you mean the 15 pin hole D-sub VGA port on the laptop, sometimes the end of a screw gets broken off inside the threads of the hexagonical head internal female thread "nut(s)" on either side of the port, or the thread inside gets stripped such that the screw won't hold. Or - the threads on the screw(s) beside the connector on the end of the cable may be stripped (stripped = the top of the threads are broken off and can no longer grip the internal threads in the "nut" properly). If a "nut" has a broken screw in it, you should still be able to plug in the 15 pin connector on the end of the VGA cable all the way onto the laptop VGA port even if that's the case, because usually the screws will easily retract so the threaded end doesn't protrude . If not, unscrew the hexagonical head "nut"(s) that have a broken screw in it/them or that have stripped thread (it's actually a specialized machine screw) - in most cases the VGA port is soldered directly to the mboard and it won't come loose even if both hexagonical head "nuts" are removed - they are there only to prevent the VGA cable end connector from accidently coming loose, by means of you using the screws to fasten the end of the cable to the "nuts" beside the port.
The hexagonical head "nut" (it's actually a specialized machine screw) is a standard part - only the depth of the hexagon part varies - the threads on the shaft of it will work with any D-sub port on a laptop or a desktop computer, and the internal threads are compatible with the threads on any fastening screws at the end of a cable beside the connector. If you or someone you know have a card lying around you're or they're not using, get one from a port on that. If not, you can probably get one from any place that repairs computers or that has small hardware parts for computers. Similar applies if the threads of the screws beside the connector on the cable are stripped.

If you can't get the 15 pins to plug into the port on the computer at all, then some of the pins are probably bent - straighten them, and then they will plug in easily.

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