HP Customer Support - Knowledge Base




  • Information
    Need Windows 11 help?

    Check the information on compatibility, upgrade, and available fixes from HP and Microsoft. Windows 11 Support Center

  • Feedback



HP Notebook PCs - Connecting a Monitor, Projector, or TV (Windows 10, 8, 7)

This document pertains to HP and Compaq notebook computers with Windows 10, 8, or 7.
This document provides 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 computer 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 1 meter (3 feet) away and only slightly angled down. An adjustable chair can help achieve a comfortable position.
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
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 vice 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
    Typical ports on a notebook
  1. VGA port
  2. S-Video port
Figure : Notebook and monitor connections
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 computer 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
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
Examples of adapters and cables
An HDMI connection can also carry audio. HDMI audio is lost when using a DVI to HDMI adapter or cable solution.
You cannot connect DVI-D to VGA.

Setting display properties to use additional displays

Use one of the following sections, depending on your operating system, to configure the way Windows works with your additional display(s):

Setting display resolution

Use one of the following sections, depending on your operating system, to change the resolution setting to match your monitor, projector, or TV:






Country/Region: Flag United States