Hewlett-Packard (HP) Pavilion laptops include large hard drive storage capacity, fast processors and wireless Internet connectivity. These specifications give Pavilion owners the ability to play and edit video and photos, e-mail and instant message other recipients, and research information on online. One drawback, however, is the laptop screen may not properly show the full, rich view when performing these activities--especially if you multitask. Fix this issue by connecting a monitor to the HP laptop to create more display screen real estate.
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Things you need
- HP Pavilion with VGA (video graphics array) connector
- Monitor with VGA cable
Find the VGA connector on the side or back of the HP Pavilion laptop. It is usually recessed and blue in colour.
Connect the VGA cable from the computer monitor to the VGA connector on the laptop. Turn the screws on the side of the VGA cable to secure it in place on the laptop.
Right-click on the Windows desktop with the mouse to show a pop-up menu, then choose "Personalize" to open a window.
Click on the "Display Settings" link in the window to open a dialogue box.
Click on the square in the "Monitor" section labelled as "2," which will represent the monitor; the drop-down menu below the squares should change from "1." to "2." as well.
Click a check mark in the box next to "Extend the desktop onto this monitor."
Click the "Apply" and "OK" buttons to complete the connection of the HP Pavilion laptop to the monitor. Drag the cursor from the laptop's LCD screen across to the monitor's screen to verify the connection was successful.
Tips and warnings
- Newer model HP Pavilion desktop computers may support dual monitors without the need for additional hardware. Please use the link in the "Resources" section below ("Microsoft's: Two Monitors are Better than One") to find and read more information about this set-up.
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