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How To Install a Desktop Monitor


Installing a desktop monitor is a very easy task and it really doesn't require professional help. You can save money by installing yourself a desktop monitor. If your desktop monitor is too old or it’s broken you can replace it with a new monitor. Having a good monitor helps in a lot of ways especially with the new generation of LCD or LED monitors that have HD image. Having a good desktop monitor will make a lot of difference especially if you want to upgrade from an old CRT monitor to a new LED desktop monitor. Installing a new desktop monitor is very easy and you don’t require any types of tools. If you are using Windows then the job is a lot easier because Windows will install its own drivers for any desktop monitor. You just have to follow a few steps if you want to install your new desktop monitor.

Step 1

First of all, you will have to shut down your computer, including your old monitor. Then you will have to unplug your old monitor and also unplug other features that are connected to it like speakers, microphones etc. Now you must unplug the old monitor from the computer. The monitor is connected to your video card. You will find the video card on the back of your computer case.

Step 2

Remove the old monitor and place the new desktop monitor. You now must connect the new desktop monitor to your video card. New monitors have more connectors like DVI, VGA or HDMI. If your video card supports HDMI you can connect the new desktop monitor with the HDMI cable. If you don’t have HDMI you can use one of the other two connectors.

Step 3

After you connected the desktop monitor with the computer you can plug in the monitor. You can turn on the computer now. The operating system will recognize the monitor right away and will install the drivers right away. If your monitor comes with a CD that has drivers and other software on it don’t hesitate to insert it in the CD/DVD-ROM.

Step 4

Install the drivers from the CD along with the other software. Some monitors have software that allows you to tune your desktop monitor. Some software has build in settings for different uses. You might have a movie setting or a reading setting and having these templates will ease your work. After you completed the installation adjust your Windows settings accordingly to your new desktop monitor. Some LCD and LED monitors have a native resolution, read the monitor manual to see what native resolution your new desktop monitor has.

Step 5

If you want to setup your new resolution just press right-click on your desktop and select “Properties”. A new window will open, go to “settings” and select the best resolution for your desktop monitor. The native resolution for a 22” LED monitor is 1920x1080. This is the native resolution for a lot of monitors. Remember to consult the monitor manual before setting your new and improved resolution.

By Bob Meadow, published at 02/17/2012
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