I have a laptop, a Dell Inspiron 5558 (Insp 15 5000 Series Intel ® 5558) 64bit x64 5th Gen Intel Core i7-5500 U
I would like to attach another monitor to it to be able to work with two screens.
The monitor I have is an older one, a Dell 1703FPs.
The laptop has:
two USB2 ports
one USB3 port
Network port (for ethernet cable)
media card reader
page 3 and 4 of the manual below shows you a picture of the side of my laptop
The back of the free-standing monitor has a place to attach a VGA cable and a place to attach a DVI-D cable .
It is currently connected to a tower via a VGA cable, and additionally, a USB 2.0 Patch cable.
I am not currently using the tower, so I don't have a problem disconnecting the monitor.
The back of the monitor also has a place for the power cable, Audio-DC12V, and 2 USB2 ports.
Here is a description of the monitor
Can I use this older monitor for this purpose?
If so, what type of cord do I need to purchase to connect this monitor to my laptop?
Can I use the VGA cord I already have with some sort of adapter on the end? If not, what type of new cord do I need?
(I used a VGA cord with an adapter on the end for this tower.)
I see on websites HDMI to DVI-D cords. Is that what I need?
Some of them mention that they are bidirectional. Is that what I need?
Some of those cords do not have as many pins in their ends as there are holes in the computer end at the DVI-D port.
Does that make a difference?
Prices vary from $9 to $35.
Is there that much difference in quality?
Some of these cords come with converters in them.
Do I need a converter?
And here's the biggest question, because I am not cyber-knowledgeable at all,
After connecting the type of cord I need between the laptop and the monitor, what are my next steps?
In very plainspeak, please.
Thank you in advance!
Edited by Barbarino, 28 May 2018 - 07:00 PM.