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I have aoptoma data projector and need to connect it to a laptop for a presentation..What chords do I need ...where can I get them and how do I do it...

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Hi,

Your post:

  • cords/cables - would depend on what are the available OUTputs from your laptop. Some examples are DVI, 15pin VGA, S-Video and the single yellow RCA;
  • where - would depend on where you are, the DVI and/or 15pin VGA cable would be available from most computer shops, the S-Video and the RCA from most electronic, audio/video stores.
  • how to do it - would depend on the brand & model of your laptop. Normally it would be a combination of the Fn key + F? to enable the external video. Cycling through would yield, LCD only, LCD + external, external only. The F? would be dependent on what laptop you have. Connection wise, it would be a matter of connecting the appropriate cable to match the available output connector of the laptop to a matching INput connector of the Optoma projector;
  • Additionally, depending on the model of the Optoma (more specifically its resolution), it may be to your advantage to initially lower the screen resolution and screen refresh rate of the laptop.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.

Posted on Oct 20, 2008

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Try lowering your laptop's screen resolution and refresh rates to the lowest possible.

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