Connect Dell Inspiron 1520 Laptop to TV

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The Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop computer features a 15.4-inch WXGA display that is capable of working at resolutions up to 1680-by-1050. If this display is not enough for you, the laptop also includes a video-out port that you can use to connect a TV to the laptop. The TV can then mirror your current display, become your only display or act as an extension of your current desktop.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • VGA cable

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  1. 1

    Turn off your Inspiron 1520 and your television.

  2. 2

    Locate the video connector on the right side of your laptop. It is located directly underneath the three status lights and has the image over it of a TV surrounded by two lines. Position your VGA cable so that the wide side of the trapezoidal connector is high than the small side, then slide it into the port.

  3. 3

    Repeat the process with the VGA port on the back of your television. If the port has holes where you can screw the cable into the port, turn the handscrews on the connector clockwise to lock them into place. Not every port has the screw holes, just as the port on the side of your laptop doesn't.

  4. 4

    Turn your television on. Press the "Source" or "Input" button on the TV's remote control. Choose "VGA" or "Computer" from the list of options. Some TVs do not give you any options, and just scroll through the available inputs. For these TVs, continue to press the "Input" or "Source" button until the correct input displays on the screen.

  5. 5

    Turn on your Inspiron 1520. When your computer boots up, right-click on the desktop and choose "Screen Resolution." There, you can choose your resolution from the list in the drop-down box. You can also change how your TV behaves by changing the "Multiple Displays" option. You can choose to only have the TV or your Inspiron display work, or you can choose to have one large desktop between the two displays. If you do nothing, the two displays will mirror each other. Click "OK" to save your changes.

Tips and warnings

  • If your television has an HDMI connector instead of a VGA one, you will need to purchase a VGA to HDMI cable, and use that instead.

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