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HP Notebook PCs - Connecting a Monitor, Projector or TV (Windows 8)

This document pertains to HP Notebook PCs with Windows 8.
This document provides important information you should know when attaching monitors, projectors or TVs to your notebook.
Choosing the right location for your computer display
Notice the location of windows in the room when deciding where to place the display. The screen can reflect direct sunlight or bright lights making viewing uncomfortable.
Select a location for the monitor or TV that is near the PC and a power source. Cables can be unsightly and should be hidden from view; such as by routing them behind the back of the desk between a wall.
Set the monitor or TV on a flat level surface. Make sure that the monitor or TV does not rest on any cables.
The height and angle of the monitor or TV should not cause neck or back pain during prolonged viewing. It should be positioned so the eyes of the person using the monitor or TV are at least one meter (three feet) away and only slightly angled down. An adjustable chair can help achieve a comfortable position.
 note:
Most notebooks are smaller than typical monitors and will need a stand or small platform to raise it to the height and angle described above.
Figure : Proper viewing height
Image of the proper viewing height for a computer display.
To connect an additional video display or TV to your notebook you will need the following:
  • At least one video connection port.
  • Correct type cable to connect the TV or external monitor.
Types of video connectors for computer display devices
Know the video connectors on your computer and display devices to avoid problems and get the best possible picture quality.
There are two types of video transfer methods: Digital and Analog. If you try to connect a digital connector to an analog port or vise versa, you will not be able to view video. Also, if you attempt to play protected high-definition digital content, such as Blu-ray movies, over an analog connection, you will probably get an error message or the movie will play at lower quality resolutions.
Click the appropriate heading or the accompanying plus (+) sign to expand the following information:
    Figure : Typical HP Notebook ports
    Image of typical ports on a notebook.
  1. VGA port
  2. S-Video port
Figure : Notebook and monitor connections
Image of a notebook connected to a monitor.
Using adapters to connect a display to your computer
What do you do when the video connector on the back of your computer does not match the video connector on the display device? Ideally, you want to have the same video connector on the PC and monitor or TV, but there may be times when this is not possible. The answer may be a special cable or adapter. For example, HP provides a small DVI to VGA adapter in the box with many of its computers. Connect this adapter to the DVI port on the computer and then connect the VGA cable from the monitor or TV into the adapter.
Figure : VGA to DVI adapter
Image of a VGA to DVI adapter.
Another good answer may be a special cable that has different connection types on each end. Make sure you know the two types of video connectors before purchasing an adapter or cable.
Figure : Examples of adapters and cables
Image of example adapters.
 note:
An HDMI connection can also carry audio. HDMI audio is lost when using a DVI to HDMI adapter or cable solution.
 note:
You cannot connect DVI-D to VGA.
Setting Windows 8 display properties to use additional displays
Use the following steps to configure the way Windows works with your additional display(s):
  1. Right-click anywhere on the Desktop and select Screen Resolution to open the Screen Resolution window.
  2. Click the drop-down menu for Multiple displays, select one of the configurations, then click Apply.
    Figure : Duplicate displays
    Image of screen resolution.
Setting display resolution in Windows 8
Use the following steps to provide Windows with the resolution setting to match for your monitor, projector or TV:
  1. Turn on the monitor or TV.
  2. Turn on the notebook.
  3. When Windows opens, it should find the monitor(s) using Windows Plug and Play process. Give Windows extra time to start up while it installs the necessary files for the monitor or TV.
     note:
    Most monitors work fine without installing any software by using Microsoft's Plug and Play. However, if your monitor came with a software installation disc, you should install any drivers related to the monitor to get the best experience.
  4. Once Windows has finished Plug and Play, from the Start screen, select the Desktop.
    Figure : Windows 8 Start screen
    Image of the Windows 8 Start screen.
  5. Right-click anywhere on the Desktop screen and select Screen Resolution to open a Display Properties windows.
  6. If Windows is in an extended display environment and more than one monitor is active, select the monitor to adjust from the display drop-down menu. Use the Detect button to find out which number represents each monitor.
  7. Set the Resolution slider to match the default resolution of your monitor. In a presentation environment, choose the best display setting that meets your needs for both monitors.
    For LED and LCD displays, refer to the box, user guide, or product specifications to find the native display resolution.
    For older CRT monitors (the viewing area is a large glass tube) the display resolution can be set to whatever looks best - a good resolution for CRTs is 1024 x 768.
    Figure : Display Resolution for a single display (notebook lid closed)
     Resolution setting in the Change the appearance of your display window
    Figure : Display Resolution for multiple displays (extend these displays environment)
     Resolution setting in the Change the appearance of your display window
    Figure : Display Resolution for multiple displays (presentation environment)
     Resolution setting in the Change the appearance of your display window
  8. Click OK.
    The display resolution in Windows 8 is now set.
 note:
Note: If the picture displayed on the TV or monitor does not fit on the screen, or has blank areas to the sides of the screen, then use the TV or monitor zoom or aspect ratio feature. On TVs, aspect or zoom is usually found as a button on the remote control.

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