How to Use My Sony Bravia As a Second Monitor for My Dell XPS AIO PC

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How to Use My Sony Bravia As a Second Monitor for My Dell XPS AIO PC
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Dell's line of XPS All-In-One desktop computers combine the monitor and CPU in one unit. These computers also ship standard with an internal networking adaptor, wireless mouse and wireless keyboard, which allows you to eliminate the tangle of cables often found with a desktop PC. Although these computers do not include a VGA output, you can use a USB to HDMI converter to connect a Sony Bravia television as a second monitor. Once connected, you can operate your computer with an extended or mirrored desktop, or you can disable the built-in monitor and only use the Sony Bravia display.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • USB-to-HDMI converter
  • HDMI cable

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Insert the installation CD supplied with the USB-to-HDMI converter into the optical drive on the Dell XPS, located on the side of the unit. Click the option to install drivers for the converter, then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

  2. 2

    Plug the USB cable into an open USB port on the computer or on the USB hub, if you are using one.

  3. 3

    Plug the HDMI cable into the HDMI input on the USB-to-HDMI converter.

  4. 4

    Plug the other end of the HDMI cable into an open HDMI port on the rear of the Sony Bravia television. No other cables are needed, as the HDMI cable carries both audio and video signal.

  5. 5

    Power on the Sony Bravia, then press the "Input" button on the remote or the television set until the HDMI input displays on the screen.

  6. 6

    Hold the "Windows" button on the keyboard, then press the "P" key to display the four dual-monitor configurations: Computer Only, Duplicate, Extend and Projector Only. Continue holding the "Windows" button and press "P" to advance to the next setting. Release both buttons when the setting that you wish to use is highlighted.

Tips and warnings

  • The four dual monitor configurations available on the Dell XPS include: Computer Only (the external display is disabled); Duplicate (both the computer and the external display show the same image); Extend (the external monitor acts as an extension of the main monitor and windows can be dragged to the external monitor); and Projector Only (the external monitor is enabled and the computer monitor is disabled).

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