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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 keyboard.

Your monitor falls into one of two categories:

  • Standard monitor: A regular monitor plugs into the VGA, or graphics adapter, jack on the back of the console, as shown in this figure. The plug goes in only one way.

  • Digital monitor: If you have a digital monitor, find and use the digital jack (see this figure).


    Some digital monitors come with a digital-to-VGA adapter if your console lacks a digital jack.

If the console has two VGA connectors, use the one on an expansion card rather than the one on the console’s I/O panel.

The monitor also requires power, so be sure it has access to a power outlet somewhere nearby.

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