Solved How do I connect a standalone monitor to a Dell laptop

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October 18, 2020 at 11:05:43
Specs: Windows 7, 4096 D MMb
How do I connect a standalone monitor to my Dell laptop? I need a bigger monitoring space but can't see how I can cancel the built in monitor. Advice please.

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October 19, 2020 at 08:55:31
What make is your monitor' as that info will make it easier to determine "wot's wot" and hopefully sort out the connector issue(s).

What type of input(s) does it have - just standard vga or what?

What type of connector is on the end of the monitor cable -

Is this your adapter?

https://matrixwarehouse.co.za/produ...

Your Dell has a standard hdmi port; so you need a cable end (male) to fit into that.

(There is a mini hdmi around too; but that's usually on video and/or still cameras)

This (rather fast talking chap) explains the various types of video connectors around today; (s)vga and later.

https://youtu.be/f38sotYHqtA

I suspect your monitor able may have dvi end? If that is the case then you need an hdmi (connects to the laptop) to DVI adapter (the monitor cable will plug into that end).

Should that be case... then a trawl at Egghead, and the big River/Forest online site will likely have a selection. Wise to check reviews of them first...

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#1
October 18, 2020 at 12:02:41
Why not use both? Your specs still say Win7 but I'm going to guess you got a new laptop with Win10. Right click on the desktop & then click Display Settings. You should be able to figure it out from there.

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October 18, 2020 at 12:07:19
Thanks. You're right. I tried to edit my profile but was unsuccessful on the phone.

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October 18, 2020 at 13:56:09
Hi riider. Problem is the attached monitor is in the way. How can I resolve the issue?

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#4
October 18, 2020 at 14:11:44
Does not the Dell display lean back enough?

Equally put Dell slightly to the side?

And you could use a usb keyboard and rodent and have the Dell clear to the side?


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#5
October 18, 2020 at 14:16:23
Hi trvir. It does lean back some distance I just thought you guys have configured a better way of doing this. My space is limited so no much sideways space.

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#6
October 18, 2020 at 14:50:21
Ah... get a clamp on desk mounted monitor arm?

Or put the monitor on a box or something reasonably solid?


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#7
October 19, 2020 at 01:59:31
Ok I think I should stick to the original laptop as a unit. Could I show you a screenshot and ask a question. Looking at the DRIVES, how can I tell this is a SSD drive as was advertised in all websites. I just don't see the magical letters SSD. Help me out please. MMM! if only I knew how to send it! Ivé made it but can't send it! Help please.

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#8
October 19, 2020 at 03:22:26
Device manager will show you the details of the drive.

https://www.howtogeek.com/167094/ho...

https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-ope...

Show you how to open it.

The exact model etc. of the drive will be shown under disk drives.

Use that information to confirm if the drive is SSD or not.

What exact model is your Dell?


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#9
October 19, 2020 at 07:50:23
It's the Inspiron 3593. Thanks for the leads. I have peace of mind now.

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#10
October 19, 2020 at 07:54:36
So I've been trying to connect a monitor to my laptop but find that the hdmi to vga adapter does not match the cable connected to the vga monitor. I'm very surprised as I would have thought these adapters are pretty universal. The brand name is GIZZU. I took it all to a pc specialist shop and they couldn't help.


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October 19, 2020 at 08:55:31
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What make is your monitor' as that info will make it easier to determine "wot's wot" and hopefully sort out the connector issue(s).

What type of input(s) does it have - just standard vga or what?

What type of connector is on the end of the monitor cable -

Is this your adapter?

https://matrixwarehouse.co.za/produ...

Your Dell has a standard hdmi port; so you need a cable end (male) to fit into that.

(There is a mini hdmi around too; but that's usually on video and/or still cameras)

This (rather fast talking chap) explains the various types of video connectors around today; (s)vga and later.

https://youtu.be/f38sotYHqtA

I suspect your monitor able may have dvi end? If that is the case then you need an hdmi (connects to the laptop) to DVI adapter (the monitor cable will plug into that end).

Should that be case... then a trawl at Egghead, and the big River/Forest online site will likely have a selection. Wise to check reviews of them first...

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#12
October 19, 2020 at 09:34:48
How about posting the make/model of both the laptop & monitor instead of making us guess what you might need?

VGA is analog, HDMI is digital. You'll likely need to convert the digital signal from the laptop to analog, meaning you'll need an active adapter with an external power source. A passive adapter won't work.

EDIT: OK, I missed it - "It's the Inspiron 3593"
https://www.dell.com/ba/business/p/...
Is it this Best Buy special? - https://www.bestbuy.com/site/dell-i...
$800 is a lot of money for Windows S-mode & 720p resolution. You should have asked our advice before buying.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us...

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#13
October 20, 2020 at 06:23:41
Hi trvlr. My monitor is a LG Flatron E2041. Yes it only has a 16pt input. The adapter in the photo is exactly the one I bought but it doesn't work.

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#14
October 20, 2020 at 06:34:44
The laptop is a Dell 3593 and the monitor a LG E2041 with only one input which is a 16-pin male setting. This model is the i3.

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#15
October 20, 2020 at 08:36:56
Your Dell has the single standard hdmi port (out); your monitor"allegedly has two video inputs... at least according the LG manual for that series monitor. Incidentally I couldn't find any references (anywhere) to an i3 version...

One is the D-sub, aka (S)VGA), and the other is a DVI-D.

You need an adapter hdmi to the DVI-D input; although I've not ever gone that route so can't say how well they work.

https://superuser.com/questions/799...

discusses it a little and also on its page two reminds you of the assorted ports/connectors.

If your monitor has "only" the D-sub(S)VGA port... then I would have thought you're into serious money to convert hdmi down to that level...

Which having said... this article

https://www.comeausoftware.com/2014...

reviews an adapter (from Amazon.com) which they claim does work. Presumably it has some built-in electronics which require power; though no mention of where it gets it from... That adapter sadly seems not available at present; but there appear to be others. And they seem to pretty cheap - though who knows how well they perform?

Noting your comment the vga on the adapter you have already - doesn't match the port on the monitor... What's the issue there? Is the adapter female out and the monitor cable end also female (unusual to say the least)?

if so then you need a male to male D-sub/VGA adapter.

if the adapter and monitor cable end are male then you need a female to female adapter.

Both are on Amazon for a few $$$.

Re' hdmi -VGA adapters: some have female VGA out and some have male VGA out... Most monitor cables (permanently attached to the monitor have male ends...; as the standard VGA out on a computer is usually female.

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#16
October 20, 2020 at 09:11:53
The monitor has only ONE input which is male as you said. Looks like I need an upgrade ito my monitor.

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#17
October 20, 2020 at 09:15:53
What is Windows S-mode? You really make me worried. Should I buy a new version?

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#18
October 20, 2020 at 09:43:57
You have to tell us EXACTLY which laptop you have, Dell 3593 is not a complete model number.

If you bought the version with Windows 10 S-mode, you cannot add software unless you use the Microsoft store. I posted links which apparently you didn't bother to click on.

"Windows 10 in S mode is a version of Windows 10 that's streamlined for security and performance, while providing a familiar Windows experience. To increase security, it allows only apps from the Microsoft Store, and requires Microsoft Edge for safe browsing."


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#19
October 20, 2020 at 10:57:32
The monitor has only ONE input which is male as you said. Looks like I need an upgrade ito my monitor.

If it merely requires a female to female adapter to connect to the male on the monitor cable to the male on the hdmi interface... try that first; cheap enuff to go for?

And as per riider which the exact Dell model you have; that s part of a series. And likewise I couldn't find any LG Flatron E2041 monitor with a i3 reference...


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#20
October 20, 2020 at 11:07:26
Hi T. I took it to a pc shop and they tried several adapters but nothing worked. For the specs could you look at my last post. I've posted it there. It looks like I had bought an inferior version of Windows.

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#21
October 20, 2020 at 13:53:36
Like I said, HDMI is digital, VGA is analog. You can't display the HDMI digital signal thru an analog connection unless the digital signal is downgraded to analog. The conversion can't be done with a cheap passive adapter, you need an active adapter. Here's a Dell adapter for $40.
https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/del...

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#22
October 20, 2020 at 14:09:29
I agree with rider. Which having said some of those on Amazon seem to have a wee bit of electronics built in; and there are (what appear to separate) modules which go between the two connectors.

Allowing that output quality of some cheaper “adapters” may leave a lot to be desired, if one spends more one might well get acceptable conversion quality.

The Dell adapter is much inline with many of those I found on Amazon - along with a few cheapies...

Certainly worth a test run with one more around the Dell and others similar? It can always be returned if purchased from Amazon if it doesn’t work.

Whether or not the version of Windows currently installed has any effect... I can’t see how it could?


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#23
October 20, 2020 at 14:25:40
Thanks. The GIZZU HDMI to VGA adapter that Trvlr showed me the link to is the one we had tried and that is an active adapter since it can be powered up through a USB connection.. It's specs read: HDMI input with VGA and Stereo Audio Output; Full HD support (1920x 1080); Optional power via Micro USB port and Analoque Audio support via 3.5mm jack. But you're right, I will see where I can find this Dell adapter in my country.

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#24
October 20, 2020 at 14:27:34
Don't waste any money on an adapter. Buy a decent monitor instead.

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#25
October 20, 2020 at 14:29:48
Ideal true to go for a new monitor... but a test of Dell style module “might” be worth a go?

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#26
October 20, 2020 at 14:43:23
I guess you guys are right. I actually found the Dell adapter for only $29. Not too bad but I think call it a day and buy a decent monitor. Maybe LG?

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#27
October 20, 2020 at 15:07:16
Just make sure it's the size you want, the right resolution, & has the correct inputs.

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#28
October 20, 2020 at 15:19:36
Samsung and LG make the screens for many/ most of the other companies...

I've had LG and Samsung LED displays; and previous to those Acer badged whatever (tft displays); and previous that an assortment of crt displays. Some were likely Samsung, or Sanyo, or Sony inside. IBM liked one (and badged it) that was pure Sanyo internally but sold under the name of Smile. Dell were also badging trinitron displays - trademark of that of course was Sony...

Check the reviews and decide if you need a gaming monitor or not; personally not being a game player I don't push for their alleged specs.

Ideally get one that allows a range of colour temperature adjustments; and run it as warm as you can bear. That way you save your eyes from long term strain (and some suggest damage too) due the higher (blue white) colour temperature settings they arrive with. Once you have it set to lower/warmer you rapidly adjust to it; and won't want to go back to higher settings. Anything over 5000 Kelvin is hard on the eyes; and even that isn't really advisable long term. Nearer to 3700-4000 is generally OK. And originally colour tv sets were designed to be around the 3700Kelvin spec.

A bright but slightly overcast day (the sun hidden) at noon is around 6000 Kelvin and that's why people screw up their eyes... The human eye doesn't handle the blue end of the spectrum very well - especially blue white; which is what just about every LED set produces straight out of the box...

TV lighting was usually 2750-2800 Kelvin; and occasionally 3000 Kelvin. Film went with whatever the film stock liked and/or was designed to handle; and was determined by the camera man in conjunction with the Gaffer/Lighting Director.


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