How to Connect a Computer to a Samsung Monitor

By Michael Jones

If you have a damaged computer or laptop screen, connecting your computer to an external monitor can solve the problem. Connecting the two is as simple as plugging in a cable and pressing a couple of computer keys. Samsung makes many models of monitors that can be hooked up to most computers, so you should have no problem doing so. To properly connect the two, you will have to determine what connection hookups your computer and monitor support. Almost all computers and monitors support an "S-Video" connection, so an S-Video cable is usually a safe bet.

Things You'll Need

  • S-Video, VGA, HDMI or DVI cable
  • Appropriate connection ports on your TV and computer

Step 1

Check what hookup connections your computer and your Samsung monitor support. Most computers will have a port for an S-Video cable, so this is one of the most common ways to connect your computer to your monitor. If you're using an HD monitor, a VGA or an HDMI cable will display the best picture. There aren't any computers that have an HDMI port, so you'll also need a DVI cable if you choose this option. Almost all monitors have a connection port for an S-Video cable, and many HD monitors have a VGA or an HDMI port.

Step 2

Buy the appropriate cables. An S-Video cable will be the cheapest. A VGA cable is also pretty cheap. An HDMI cable can cost anywhere between $40 and $80.

Step 3

Plug one end of your cable into the appropriate port on your computer and plug the other end into the appropriate port on your monitor. The port will mirror the end of the specific cable you're using. A "VGA" cable won't fit into an S-Video port and vice versa. If you're using an HDMI and DVI cable, you'll have to first plug the DVI cable into your computer. Then attach one end of the HDMI cable to the DVI cable. Then plug the other end of the HDMI cable into your monitor. Your monitor won't display the computer's image immediately.

Step 4

Change you computer monitor's display to "Projection." To do this, hold the "Fn" button and press either "F8" or "F11." It is different on some computers, but the correct button will either have a monitor icon on it or say "CRT/LCD." Once you press the right key, a screen will come up with a couple of options for you to choose from: "Projection Only" or "Projection and Display." Projection Only will project whatever you do on your computer onto your Samsung monitor. Your computer screen will be black. Projection and Display will show an image on both your computer screen and your Samsung monitor.

Tips & Warnings

  • An S-Video cable has a circular input with four or seven points. Make sure you check how many points your computer is compatible with, so you buy the right cable.
  • A VGA cable is a bit bulkier than an S-Video cable. It has a box input on each end of the cable. There are sometimes built-in screws attached to each end of the cable to ensure a secure connection.
  • An HDMI cable looks similar to a USB cable. One end will look like a USB cable, and the other end will look like a VGA cable.
  • A DVI cable is the bulkiest of the four. It looks similar to a VGA cable but is slightly larger.
  • Make sure you get a cable long enough to connect your computer to your monitor. A good rule of thumb is to always get a cable longer than you think you'll need.