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How to Connect a Second Monitor to Your Laptop

Most modern laptops are automatically equipped to connect an external monitor in addition to the laptop's own LCD. This is because many laptops are often used for storing and showing presentations, and [more…]

How to Hook up Your Laptop to a Video Projector

You can easily connect your laptop to a video projector. Using your laptop with a video projector is great if you want to display your PowerPoint presentation on a large screen at the end of a meeting [more…]

How to Adjust Your PC Monitor’s Display

If you have the time, you can spend the better part of a day adjusting various features of your computer monitor’s display. How you adjust your monitor’s display depends on the type of monitor you have [more…]

How to Connect Your Monitor to Your PC

Before you connect your monitor to your PC, you need to decide where you want to position the monitor. Set the monitor atop your desk, generally back away from where you sit, to accommodate room for the [more…]

How to Clean Your PC Monitor and Scanner

Keep the glass surfaces of your monitor and scanner clean — but beware because you can do more harm than good to your monitor and scanner when cleaning if you don’t know what you’re doing. Clean your monitor [more…]

Considering Video Card Features

When you decide to buy a new video card, you need to make sure that the video card fits your motherboard and has the chipsets that you want. Also look for these video card features and specifications while [more…]

The Different Types of PC Monitors

PC monitors come in two different flavors, each of which is known by a popular TLA (three-letter acronym): LCD and CRT. [more…]

Your PC’s Graphics System

The monitor may get all the attention, but it’s only the visible half of your computer’s graphics system. A graphics system produces the visuals that allow you to interact with your computer. The graphics [more…]

How to Replace Your Computer Monitor

Computer monitors grab their video signals from the video circuitry in your computer, so you can tell what type of monitor you need by looking at your computer’s video port — the little connector on the [more…]

How to Find the Right Video Card for Your Computer

Video cards require two things to be compatible with your computer. The card must physically fit into your computer’s video slot. The card’s ports — its connectors — must match the ones on your monitor [more…]

How to Add a Second Monitor to Your Computer

Adding a second monitor to your computer lets you double your computer’s desktop, allowing you to work on one monitor while eyeballing your reference materials on the other. You can double the size of [more…]

PC Graphics System Overview – The Monitor and more

Knowing all the parts of the PC’s graphics system is an important first step to troubleshooting problems with it. The monitor is only one part of your PC’s graphics system. It’s what you see. What you [more…]

Understand PC Graphics Display Adapters

If you ever have to troubleshoot issues with your computer’s monitor, it is helpful to know a little about the adapters the computer uses to talk to the monitor. There are different connectors, processors [more…]

Understand PC Monitors

Knowing some of the terminology associated with a PC monitor can come in handy if you have to troubleshoot monitor issues.

There are two flavors of monitor: LCD and CRT. The LCD is now more popular because [more…]

Can I Add a Second Monitor to My PC?

Certain editions of Windows can power two monitors. All you need to complete the picture are two monitors plus two display adapters or one display adapter that can handle two monitors. [more…]

Troubleshoot a Blank PC Monitor

To troubleshoot when you see nothing on the computer monitor, check the basic hardware first: Is the monitor turned on? Is it plugged in? Is the monitor properly connected to the display adapter on the [more…]

Troubleshoot Monitor Issues by Swapping Hardware

Because the PC’s video system contains two parts, you have to check two hardware items when you are troubleshooting: the monitor and the display adapter. To do forensic troubleshooting, it helps to swap [more…]

Adjust the Monitor on Your PC

No monitor is perfect. Somewhere along the line you will end up troubleshooting something, but frequently it just takes a little adjustment. Every monitor features its own adjustment menu, along with a [more…]

Deal with Bad Pixels in Your LCD Monitor

A situation unique to LCD monitors is the dead or stuck pixel issue. Being dead and being stuck are similar problems with different fixes.

A dead pixel is one with its red, green, or blue element off, or [more…]

PC Monitor Screen Savers: Tools or Toys?

Do you need a screen saver on your monitor? There’s no reason to run a screen saver program for its originally intended purpose: to prevent the perils of phosphor burn-in. [more…]

Change the Screen Resolution on Your Monitor

Computer monitors display images by lighting up various pixels, or picture elements, on the screen. The pixels are arranged in a grid, where the number of pixels horizontally and vertically is referred [more…]

Change Your Monitor’s Dots per Inch (DPI) Setting

When viewing the screen is difficult, increasing the dpi, which refers to dots per inch, can fix that issue. And graphics artists frequently require an increased dpi to effectively do their work. [more…]

Set Your PC Monitor’s Color Depth

The richness of the image on a computer monitor is determined more by the number of colors available than by the number of pixels (the resolution). Lower resolutions with more colors look better than higher [more…]

Calibrate Color on Your Monitor in Windows 7

The idea behind color management isn’t to match colors on a computer monitor with colors in the real world. Instead, strive to match colors in a way that satisfies your needs. For example, match the colors [more…]

Update PC Monitor Drivers

Updating the video driver can solve most video problems. Two companies develop most PC display adapter technology: Intel (formerly ATI) and NVIDIA. They routinely make new graphics drivers available, ensuring [more…]

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