How to Use a Gateway Laptop External Monitor

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With laptop computers becoming more and more powerful, many people have chosen them for their primary household computer. But laptop display sizes can be somewhat constricting, especially if you like to watch movies on your computer or play games. Most Gateway laptops are capable of being connected to monitors. If you follow these simple instructions you will be able to successfully hook your gateway laptop up to an external monitor.

Things You'll Need

  • Video cable
  • Consult your Gateway laptops instruction manual and find out if it has external display functionality. Most newer laptops are capable of displaying to external monitors by connecting through VGA (video graphics array) or DVI (digital video interface) outputs on the back of the laptop.

  • Connect one end of your video cable to the video output port on the back of your Gateway

  • Power up your Gateway laptop and right click on your desktop and choose “Display."

  • Select the “Settings” tab and choose your external monitor from the drop-down menu.

  • Check the box labeled “Extend my Windows Desktop on to this Monitor.” Next, click “Apply.” Your LCD monitor should now display your desktop and function exactly the same as your laptop's display.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a DVI or component connector to display higher resolutions on your external monitor.

References

  • Photo Credit Siri Stafford/Lifesize/Getty Images
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