How to Hook Up an External Monitor to an XPS M1530

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The Dell XPS M1530 laptop comes pre-installed with Windows Vista and features both HDMI and VGA outputs you can use to connect an external monitor. You can use dual monitors to expand your computer's workspace and drag items you frequently use onto the other screen so you don't always have to click between documents or programs. Alternatively, you can mirror the screens during a presentation so others can see what you are working on without having to look over your shoulder. Connecting an external monitor to your Dell XPS M1530 laptop can be done in a few quick steps.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Connect your external monitor to your computer using either the HDMI or VGA out ports on the device.

  2. 2

    Click "Start" and then click "Control Panel" on your XPS M1530 laptop.

  3. 3

    Click "Mobile PC" and then click "Windows Mobility Center."

  4. 4

    Click "Connect display" above External Display to open the New Display Detected dialogue box.

  5. 5

    Select either "Right" or "Left" beneath "Extend your Desktop" to shift which screen is your primary screen and which screen is the secondary. By default, the primary screen connected to your laptop will appear on the left.

  6. 6

    Select "Duplicate my desktop on all displays (mirrored)" to display the same image on each screen; select "Show different parts of my desktop on each display (extended)" to display a blank workspace on one screen that you can drag items to from the other screen; or select "Show my desktop on the external display only" to show your primary display on the external display only.

  7. 7

    Click "Apply" to save your changes, then click "OK" to close the dialogue box.

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