Procedure: How to connect a laptop and projector

Procedure

1) Determine the type of video output the laptop and projector you are using has.  Make sure they are compatible with each other.  Common video output types are VGA, S-Video, and HDMI.

2) Make sure your computer and projector are both turned OFF.

3) Take the video cable cord and connect the laptop and projector.  It doesn’t matter which end you connect to which device; connect one end to the Projector “Computer In” port and connect the other end to the Video port on the laptop.

The cord will look similar to this.

From University of Wisconsin - River Falls Technology website

From University of Wisconsin - River Falls Technology website

4) Plug the projector into an AC wall outlet.  You might need to plug the electical cord into the projector first.

5) Turn on the laptop and projector and allow time for the two to fully load.

6) Activate the external video by pressing Fn and F4, F8 or F3 simultaneously.  The key will either have CRT/LCD or a picture of a computer on it.  An example of the key is below.  The Fn key and the LCD keyboard key button pushed together once will take the laptop screen and project it to the projector screen, causing the laptop screen to become black.  Pushing the keys together twice will allow the image to show on both the laptop and projector screen, I would recommend this option.

This is an example of what the LCD button on a laptop will look like

This is an example of what the LCD button on a laptop will look like

1 Comment »

  1. Dave B said

    Thanks for this tip. I can’t tell you how many times a year even the most prepared guest speaker doesn’t know how to do this simple yet important procedure. I just left a CEO of a company, trying to give a presentation, who didn’t know it either. I am committing it to memory forever. Thanks again! ~~ Dave B in Rochester NY

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