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Re: Can i connect the projector to a desktop computer? if...
Hello, Match the output ports on the computer with the available input ports on the projector; VGA to VGA, S-Video to S-Video. VGA is trapezoidal, the inside usually bue, 3 rows of 5holes, the image of a screen next to it. S-Video is round, one rectangular hole, with a hole on its side; another hole opposed diametrically to the rectangular one, 2 groups of 2 holes disposed symetrically, the image of an elongated scree with an s in it and an arrow pointing outward to the right. Hope it helps.
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Projectors will usually be identified on your computer as additional or optional screens/monitors. Depending on your setup (laptop/desktop) you may have some alt keyboard buttons with icons for single/multi screens. You will also likely have monitor control panels or non-windows equivalents. In Windows, for instance, right-clicking the desktop will usually bring up a monitor properties page. There you may be able to then select if the projector is a mirror of your desktop, an extension, projector only, or computer only.
Identifying available connections
The first step in connecting your computer to a TV or projector is finding an identical port on both machines. Once the matching port has been identified (one that is the same on both your input device and output device), you need the appropriate cable to connect them. This section contains a picture of the back of an Epson projector and its available connection ports; as well as descriptions of each.
The HDMI connection is very popular among display electronics. In fact, nearly all modern televisions and projectors feature HDMI ports. Most laptop computers support HDMI and it is becoming more prevalent on both desktop as well; even without a high-end video card. HDMI is quickly becoming the standard for all electronic equipment for its high quality signal and ability to carry both audio and video signals. The image to the right is that of an HDMI cable.
The VGA connection is the most common among both desktop and laptop computers, is found on most projectors, and some TVs. The VGA cable has a 15-pin connector on each end that plugs into a VGA port on each device. Due to the fact that most televisions do not support VGA, we recommend using HDMI for their wider range of compatibility.
Tip:VGA cabling is universal for devices that support it. For example, the if your desktop monitor that uses a VGA cable it, that same cable can be used by a laptop to connect it to a projector.
Note: If you are using an Apple desktop or laptop you need a VGA adapter to connect a VGA cable to the computer.
The DVI connection is newer than VGA and it offers a sharper image. Although the DVI port is not shown on the Epson model above, it is still somewhat common for projectors, not so much for televisions. It is mostly found among desktop computers for monitors, but some laptops have DVI connections as well (Apple laptops are more commonly known to support DVI than any other brand of laptop). Since finding DVI on a TV or projector is more difficult, we again recommend using HDMI cables.
Tip: There are special cables that convert from DVI to VGA or DVI to HDMI and vice versa.
The composite video connection is quite common on a TV or projector, but it is nearly nonexistent on modern computers. This connection is the yellow female cable on what is normally a three bundle of red, white, and yellow. The only time you should see this setup is on older video cards for desktop computers.
The S-Video connection is also commonly found on TVs and projectors, but solemnly on a desktop or laptop computer. This connection is a small step up from composite video, but is nearing obsolescence.
Connecting computer and projector or TV
After you've identified what connections are available on both your computer and TV or projector, you're ready to connect the cables. If the same connections are not available for both the computer and TV or projector, you'll need to purchase a video converter cable that converts one signal into a compatible signal.
For a desktop, you simply need to plug the cable into the computer and output device. If you don't see an image, you may need to change the display using the following steps.
Press the Windows Key.
Type Adjust screen resolution and press Enter.
Find Display and click the down arrow on the right-hand side of the box.
If you're connecting a laptop computer to a TV or a projector you'll often need to "send" the video signal to the display device. The key sequence to do this varies depending on the laptop; but usually it's either: Fn + F3, F4, F5, F8, or F9. For example, pressing and holding Fn + F3 at the same time on my laptop sends the video signal to my connected TV instead of the laptop's screen. The corresponding key used with Fn may be labeled as CRT/LCD or have a picture of a monitor on or close to the key. Additional help and information with switching the laptop display can also be found on the link below.
Switching TV inputs
Finally, if you're connecting a computer to a TV make sure it has been switched to the correct input. For example, if you connected an HDMI cable to your computer and the "HDMI 2" port on your TV, you'll need to switch to the "HDMI 2" input. This action can be accomplished by pressing the input button on your TV remote until the correct image is displayed.
The least expensive way is to use a VGA splitter It looks like a Y. Plug in the one end to your computer then the other two ends will go to your projector and monitor. The one end will be a MALE and the other two ends will be FEMALE. You will still need to 2 other VGA cables to connect the Y to your projector and monitor. When you purchase a Y they are not long at all.
Going by what I could find out about this computer, you would not be able to connect a projector to it. The only output ports are speaker and mic., the video is line in only. It did not say anything about an extra VGA port or video card expansion slots which is what you would need to connect an external device.
use the laptops s-video port or other video port if it has one. and then set your computer up for a 2nd screen by right clicking on the desktop and selecting "personalize" then "Display settings" and use the options there to configure your 2nd screen settings.
Check the ports from the back of your projector, look for an s-video port then check the available ports as well on your computer, so you either use an S-video cable or VGA cable, then when you connect your computer, if its a laptop press fn key then double tap f5 or f7.