Hook up a monitor to a laptop
July 6, 2005
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Can a flat-panel monitor with both digital and analog connections be used as a screen for a laptop computer?
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and corresponding DVI (digital) or VGA (analog) ports, you should be able to connect to any monitor. Most desktop-replacement laptops
come with a built-in VGA ports, while many of today's smaller ultraportables
come with optional port replicators, which offer an expanded array of ports, often including VGA or DVI ports. If you have the appropriate hardware, all you'll need is a corresponding cable to finish the setup.
Lara helps keep the At Work group on track by tackling schedules and wrangling special features. She reviews input devices and accessories and lends a hand on laptop coverage.