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Windows 7: Connecting New Laptop to Monitor Question

19 Oct 2014   #1
paulyjames

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Connecting New Laptop to Monitor Question

I recently purchased a sager 2740 laptop from xoticpc and it will take a while to receive it and have question. I always used laptop or desktop and connected it to monitor.


My asus laptop i connected it to a monitor via VGA the blue cable. There isn't a dvi spot on my laptop.


I also have an xps 8100 desktop that could connect to a monitor by either VGA or DVI- the white/gray cable.


With my asus u45jc-a1, is vga or hdmi my only 2 options to connect to a monitor?


I assume hdmi is always an option to connect from any laptop to a monitor? Is hdmi basically any method of connecting computer to monitor such as vga or dvi?


I took a look at the sager 2740 laptop specifications and i see hdmi but i don't see vga or dvi. Does that mean i will have to get an HDMI cable to connect to a monitor? Or does it has the vga or dvi? Obviously if it has vga or dvi i wouldn't need to get an hdmi cable. Just want to make sure here as i haven't used an hdmi cable.


XOTIC PC | Sager NP2740 (Clevo W740SU) - New 14" Sager Notebook


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19 Oct 2014   #2
paulyjames

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Would either of these be fine for the sager 2740 and an external monitor?

Also, whats the difference between with ethernet vs the one without?

Also, is there a reason why ppl need very long hdmi? I assume if you going to connect a laptop to a big tv across the room, you going to need a pretty long hdmi? But if you just going to connect the monitor to the laptop very close, then 10 feet is more then enough? I will be connecting the sager 2740 to an external monitor the whole time and want to make sure it would work


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19 Oct 2014   #3
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

What is the make & model of the monitor you will be using ?

Does it have all 3 inputs ? VGA, DVI-I, & HDMI ?
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19 Oct 2014   #4
paulyjames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
What is the make & model of the monitor you will be using ?

Does it have all 3 inputs ? VGA, DVI-I, & HDMI ?

Hi that is what im not sure yet. Because i will have to buy the new monitor. I will be going out of the country and then would be purchasing the new monitor. The thing is its 100 percent going to be a monitor that has 1920x1200 resolution so its pretty much 100 percent going to be a 24' monitor.


So the monitor will most likely be an HP, Asus or maybe Dell. But from what i see on amazon... 1 or 2 of these monitors don't support HDMI. It seems almost all of them support vga and dvi but i can't do that b/c my new sager laptop 2740 doesn't seem to offer it.


It basically is


1 x HDMI 1.4a output Port (with HDCP)
1 x Mini DisplayPort 1.2 output Port
3 x USB 3.0 Ports (One powered USB port, AC/DC)
1 x Headphone Jack
1 x Microphone Jack
1 x RJ-45 LAN (10/100/1000Mbps)


So how would i connect to the monitor if it doesn't have HDMI? If it does, obviously its pretty simple as you connect hdmi from sager laptop to the monitor. But if it doesn't, then my only option would be the mini display port? I checked amazon and see a few of those things but if i get that, i have to get the mini display port to hdmi right? Or would getting the minidisplay port to vga or dvi be best option since the monitor will almost always have VGA or DVI? But more than often VGA?


Also if the monitor does allow HDMI, would either of those links i posted work? Because i see that the sager laptop says


1 x HDMI 1.4a output Port (with HDCP).


So it needs like an up to date hdmi as its 1.4a? So either of those links i posted aren't 1.4a?


Srry just really confused with this. I always been use to using vga to laptop and thus when i saw this new laptop i purchased online recently doesn't have vga... i had thought okay how am i going to connect it to monitor if the monitor doesn't have hdmi.
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19 Oct 2014   #5
paulyjames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

The current monitor im using with my asus u45jc-a1 is a Dell 2007fp. I connect it via vga cable. Both laptop and desktop are many years old. I don't even see an hdmi port on the 2007fp. Does that mean when i get my sager laptop... i wouldn't even be able to connect to this monitor b/c it doesn't have hdmi port? Again i wont be using this monitor as my main monitor connected to the sager, i would be purchasing a new one when i leave out the country and will be using it outside the country connected to the sager laptop.
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19 Oct 2014   #6
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

It probably does not matter which way you go with getting a new monitor for new laptop.

If you decide on HDMI then it would probably be sensible to get a monitor that has an HDMI input connection. HDMI does provide audio through the cable so if you want audio at the monitor you had better look at a monitor that has speakers.

You can go with the Display mini Port but you would need an adapter to to convert that to either HDMI or DVI.

You can also get HDMI adapters to DVI as well but they wont provide audio.

It's always best to keep cables as short as possible, as long cables lose picture quality. A 10' HDMI cable is fairly long & unless you actually need it that long it might be best to go with a shorter one.
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19 Oct 2014   #7
paulyjames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Hey. Can you explain what you mean hdmi provide audio but hdmi adapter to dvi there isn't audio? what do you mean by that? So that means there won't be any sounds like when i play music or youtube or antying if i do which method?


Yea i wanted to keep cable short b/c the laptop would be very close to the monitor. However, is there a reason ppl use 15 feet, 50 feet hdmi cables then? I know for an ethernet cable where a person wants wired internet and laptop is far away from modem/router, yes i can see that. But why would anyone ever need a very long hdmi cable then?


How much feet would you say is good for laptop to monitor? Is 6 feet perfect then?
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20 Oct 2014   #8
paulyjames

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Just confused what you mean by i want audio at the monitor as im not sure what that means. Because the audio comes from my laptop... unless you are talking about something else?


Yea i know the easiest thing to do is get monitor with hdmi then i wont be bothered with other things. But if monitor doesn't have hdmi, then i want to know what would be the best option.


Thus get display mini port adapter that convert to dvi... but why you say convert to hdmi? How is that an option for the sager laptop? I would connect the display mini port to my sager... but then the other end would be connected to an hdmi cable? That wouldn't make sense b/c the other end of the hdmi cable can't be connected to the monitor if it does'nt have an hdmi port... so am i missing something here?


Because it seems like if monitor has no hdmi, and my sager laptop has hdmi and display miniport, isnt there only 2 options and that is....


1. Display miniport adapter to DVI

2. Display miniport adapter to VGA?


And thus always choose option dvi? Im confused how i would even do display minport adapter to hdmi here if monitor has no hdmi port.
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20 Oct 2014   #9
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

VGA & DVI output sockets & cables from computers only carry the video signal & no audio. To get audio you have to have a separate audio cable. There is no audio connection on these, only video.
HDMI does have video as well as audio & is a much later developed cable, which was designed essentially for connecting High Definition video & audio between DVD players & recorders to TV's. But as it has audio & is easy to connect it is now available to computer users as well.
If you wanted to connect your laptop to a TV set then HDMI is probably the easiest way to go.

A 6' cable would be better. Also you wont have excess cable cluttering things up.
The only reason that I can think of for using 15' or 50' cables is because there is no other method they can use. But 50' cables will result in picture quality loss.
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20 Oct 2014   #10
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

I was just pointing out that Display mini Port adapters are available in either DVI or HDMI. I was not pointing you any direction here, just showing the possible options available.
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