How to setup Dual Monitor on Laptop

How to setup Dual Monitor on Laptop

 How to setup Dual Monitor on Laptop

  • If your laptop has two video ports, you're set. If not, you'll need a USB external display or display port splitter adapter, or a Thunderbolt port.
  • The graphics or video card in most laptops is integrated into the motherboard so you can't swap it out or easily add a second card.
  • The hardware you choose depends on which existing ports on your laptop you already have available to use.

Add Monitors Using a USB External Display Adapter

These adapters transform the USB port into two or more external display ports.

  1. The majority of the time, USB external display adapters can be used to connect the HDMI, DisplayPort, and VGA as well as a DVI connection to laptops.

  2. Before installing the adapter, it is necessary to be able to set up the driver application included with the adapter in order for it to work properly. If the driver program doesn't have the adapter installed, you may obtain it through the website of the manufacturer. The driver software lets your computer communicate via a USB port USB connection to the adapter in the same way as the USB port itself had multiple display ports.

  3. After the driver software has been installed, turn off your computer. Connect in the USB part of your adapter to the appropriate USB connection on the laptop. After that, you should start your laptop and allow it to fully boot before proceeding to the next step.
  4. Set the monitors up so that your mouse cursor moves smoothly between your laptop's display and any additional monitors. Choose your start menu and then type "Display". Select Display Settings. Then, you will see the second and third displays. Adjust the display to ensure they are placed in the manner they sit in relation to the laptop display. Choose the Apply button and accept the monitor's positions.

Use a Thunderbolt Port to Add a Second Monitor

If you're using a modern laptop, you may not realize that there is a specific port in your laptop computer, referred to as the Thunderbolt port. The ports are available for as well macOS or Windows 10 laptops.

The port is typically located close to that port for the power adapter. The most recent USB Type C connector small oval port packed with the latest technology from both Intel along with Apple. The older models are more rectangular and could be used on older laptops.

  1. The port lets you connect to a docking station using a single cable.

  2. The docking station can provide audio, and video power, as well as the ability to connect data through the cable. The most important thing is that they offer access to two monitor ports through a single Thunderbolt connection.

  3. If you're not ready to invest in a full Thunderbolt docking station you may opt to purchase a cheaper Thunderbolt adapter. They extend only the one Thunderbolt port of your computer to two additional monitors. If your computer comes with the HDMI or Displayport port, that could allow up to three additional monitors attached to laptops, in addition to the laptop's display.

  4. The procedure for making use of a dock or hub is exactly identical. It is as simple as plugging your Thunderbolt cable into your laptop, and then plugging every monitor into the correct ports of the device. Then, simply change the position of each monitor using Display Settings as explained in the beginning section of this article.

Try a Display Port Splitter Adapter

Older devices for splitting display ports were originally designed used to switch between two external monitors or show exactly the same output video onto two monitors.

If you're trying connecting two displays onto your laptop, you're looking to expand your display, not mirroring.
Thankfully, the latest adapters for display ports can take one HDMI as well as DisplayPort output on your laptop, and then extend the video output to two or more displays.
  1. Be careful when searching for display splitters capable of expanding displays, as most mirrors. Check the specifications for this feature before you buy.
  2. After purchasing, simply connect to the display port on your laptop. Connect the cables to all the adapter ports to the adapters. Most adapters allow the ability to plug and play installation, with no software needed. Some might have driver programs. Others may need an adapter for power externally.
  3. After all, cables are in place and your splitter activated, you are able to change the position of the monitor in the Display Settings.

Choosing How to Connect Multiple Monitors

If you're looking to add more monitors to your notebook, the choice depends on the hardware capabilities of your monitors and laptop. No matter if you're working with old technology or the most recent laptop or monitor, you can find a way that can be extended to multiple screens.

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