How to Set Up an HP Laptop Display for an HP Projector

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How to Set Up an HP Laptop Display for an HP Projector
A laptop computer must be properly connected in order for the laptop screen to be displayed on a projector. (laptop computer image by Albert Lozano from Fotolia.com)

Projectors used to display video or images on a projector screen can be connected to an HP (Hewlett-Packard) laptop computer, or to any other laptop brand. However, the laptop must be set up correctly in order for the projector to display the laptop's screen. The computer must first be properly connected to the projector, then settings must be selected that allow the screen image to be projected.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • USB cable
  • Audio cable
  • VGA cable

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Connect one end of the USB cable to a USB port on the computer. Connect the other end of the USB cable to a USB port on the projector.

  2. 2

    Connect one end of the audio cable to the audio output or headphone jack on the computer. Connect the other end of the audio cable to the audio input jack on the projector.

  3. 3

    Connect one end of the VGA cable to the VGA connector on the back of the laptop. Connect the other end of the VGA cable to the VGA connector on the projector.

  4. 4

    Turn on the laptop and wait for the operating system to load.

  5. 5

    Right-click on the desktop and select "Properties" from the context menu. Go to the "Settings" tab and then set the screen resolution to at least 1024x768. Click the "Apply" button to save the change.

  6. 6

    Press the "FN" and "F5" keys on the keyboard to enable or activate the video port on the laptop.

  7. 7

    Press the "Source" button on the control panel for the projector or use the remote control until an image of the laptop screen is displayed.

Tips and warnings

  • The resolution on the computer must match the resolution on the projector.

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