How to Connect Monitor to Laptop & Desktop? [Step-by-Step]

The monitor is the face of the computer, without it, you do nothing with your computer. Along with displaying output, monitors have various advantages these days. 

Today, I’m gonna show you how to connect a monitor to your desktop and laptop computers.

Desktop Computer
Desktop Computer

First, you should collect all the required components that you need. I will discuss it more in a minute.

Here is my question for you. What do you want to connect your monitor with? Desktop or Laptop? I’ll choose a desktop connection first.

How to Connect a Monitor to a Desktop PC?

Without a monitor, the desktop computer is incomplete. To connect a monitor to your CPU, you need to follow the steps that I’m sharing here.

Keep the keyboard and the mouse aside for a minute and take the CPU and the monitor now.

Check for the Common Ports on the Monitor and the CPU

In the CPU, you have two options to check whether the monitor is compatible with your CPU or not – ports on the motherboard & the ports on the GPU. 

Here you’ll find the complete information about the monitor compatibility with your computer.

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    I suggest you have at least one common port on your CPU and on the monitor. 


    Connecting ports of a monitor
    Connecting ports of a monitor

    Here I have DisplayPort in common.

    Place the Monitor and the CPU in the correct position

    After the compatibility, you should place the components (CPU and the monitor) in the correct position as you like. This is the time to consider all the aspects like CPU air ventilation, monitor viewing angle, and the distance between you and the monitor, etc.

    Watch these tips for placing your monitor in the correct position.

    Plug the Cable into the CPU and the Monitor

    Unlike the converter, the Displayport cable or the HDMI cable has the same port on both sides.

    Plug one end of the cable into the CPU and the other end into the monitor.

    Plugging a cable into the system is easy and it is sensitive too. Here are some of the precautions you need to take while plugging a cable into the CPU and monitor.

    Precautions While Plugging a Cable:

    • Keep your hands dry and clean
    • Make sure you are inserting the cable into the right port
    • Be gentle. Don’t go hard. Otherwise, it can damage a port.
    • Better to plug a cable when the system is off
    • The CPU and the monitor ports must be clear

    Make Necessary Connections [Power Cable & Keyboard and Mouse]

    After connecting the signal transferring cable, you need to connect the power cable. The 3-Pin power cable is used for desktop computers.

    And then connect your keyboard and mouse by either wired or wireless.

    Turn ON the Power Supply and Start to Use Your PC

    Now turn ON the power supply to the CPU and then push the power button on the CPU. The fans inside the CPU start working and the monitor displays the motherboard brand.

    Here are multiple ways to find a motherboard model on your computer.

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