My Dell Latitude D630 Is Not Working With a Projector

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My Dell Latitude D630 Is Not Working With a Projector
Troubleshoot a Dell Latitude D630 that will not display on a projector. (glass of water on table with projector behind image by Dmitry Goygel-Sokol from

If you have a Dell Latitude D630 laptop and are having problems getting it to work with a projector, there are several reasons the projector might display the screen from the notebook. Fortunately, most problems that might cause a projector to not work with a D630 are not difficult to resolve.

Unless the Latitude D630 or the projector has hardware problems, troubleshooting projector display issues are about the same as they are with any other laptop and usually will not require a trip to the repair shop.

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  1. 1

    Ensure that the lens cap is not on the projector and that the projector is on and set to the Display or View mode.

  2. 2

    Unplug the cable connection from the laptop and inspect the pins in the VGA cable to ensure they are not bent or broken. Carefully align the pins on the cable plug adaptor and firmly press the connector back on to the VGA port on the back of the D630. Do the same with the end of the cable connected to the projector.

  3. 3

    Ensure that the VGA port on the Dell Latitude D630 is set to display an output signal to the projector. Press the "Fn" and "F8" keys at the same time to toggle the display between the laptop and the projector. Do this several times to see if the projector will display the computer screen image.

  4. 4

    Turn the projector off, then inspect the lamp for the projector and ensure that it is securely seated in its receptacle. Wait for the lamp to cool before touching it with your hands. If the lamp is loose, try reseating it in the receptacle.

  5. 5

    Change the lamp with one known to be good (if possible).

  6. 6

    Attach an external monitor to the Dell D630 laptop to determine if the VGA port on the notebook is working. If the laptop will display an image on the external monitor, the problem is with the projector and not the D630 notebook. If the laptop screen does not display on the external monitor, you should take the Latitude D630 to a qualified shop for repair.

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