How to Connect a New Computer Monitor

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How to Connect a New Computer Monitor
A new computer monitor can add style to your old computer. (Computer LCD monitor isolated on white background image by Dmitry Rukhlenko from Fotolia.com)

Buying a new computer monitor is exciting and adds a brand new look to your computer. Once you get the monitor home, you have to connect it to your computer. This may seem simple, but sometimes you can run into problems. There is a lot higher chance of performing the install correctly if you just use the cable that comes with your monitor instead of purchasing a cable separately. If you follow a few simple steps, your new monitor will be up and running in no time.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver

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Instructions

    Connecting with a VGA cable

  1. 1

    Remove the video graphics array (VGA) cable that came with your new monitor. This cable should have a D-shaped plug on each end, one that connects to the monitor and another that connects to your computer. Both ends are the same so it does not matter which goes into the computer and which goes into the monitor.

  2. 2

    Connect one end of the VGA cable to the back of your new monitor making sure that the "D" shape on the plug matches the "D" shape of the port. You should see the main port for the plug and two smaller holes on each side of the port. The smaller holes are for the two screws located on each side of the plug.

  3. 3

    Secure the plug to the monitor with the screwdriver by tightening the two screws into their matching holes.

  4. 4

    Connect the other end of the VGA cable to your computer making sure that the "D" shape of the plug matches the "D" shape of the port. Like the monitor, on the back of your computer you should see the main port for the plug and two smaller holes on each side of the port for the screws.

  5. 5

    Secure the plug to the computer with the screwdriver by tightening the two screws into their matching holes. You have successfully connected your new computer monitor with a VGA cable.

    Connecting with a DVI cable

  1. 1

    Remove the digital video interface (DVI) cable that came with your new monitor. This cable will be one of three types of DVI cables: DVI-D, DVI-A, or DVI-I. DVI-D cables are used to connect digital components to a graphics card. DVI-A cables are used to connect analogue components to a graphic card. DVI-I cables are used to connect both digital and analogue components to a graphics card.

  2. 2

    Connect one end of the DVI cable to the back of your new monitor, making sure that the pins are lined up correctly to fit into the port. You should see the main port for the plug and two smaller holes on each side of the port. The smaller holes are for the two screws located on each side of the plug.

  3. 3

    Secure the plug to the monitor with the screwdriver by tightening the two screws into their matching holes.

  4. 4

    Connect the other end of the DVI cable to your computer, making sure that the pins are lined up correctly to fit into the port. Like the monitor, on the back of your computer you should see the main port for the plug and two smaller holes on each side of the port for the screws.

  5. 5

    Secure the plug to the computer with the screwdriver by tightening the two screws into their matching holes. You have successfully connected your new computer monitor with a DVI cable.

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