Chapter 3. Monitors and Video


Chapter 3. Monitors and Video

Early computers didn't use monitors; they simply printed everything on paper, limiting computer games to pretty slow rounds of tic-tac-toe. Monitors arrived a few years later, and once engineers got a taste of steering their first spaceships, video technology was quick to (and of course, continues to) improve.

Today's PCs connect to a huge variety of video gear, and this chapter guides you through how to:

  • Connect any monitor, TV, or digital projector to the correct port on your PC.

  • Connect two or more monitors to your PC to double your workspace, letting you work with more programs (or view more documents) simultaneously .

  • Share one display between two or more PCs to save money.

  • Adjust the monitor to get the best display possible.

  • Improve your PC's video quality by adding a new video card.

  • Install a new monitor.

  • Troubleshoot problems when the display doesn't look right.

Laptops and PCs share monitor technology, so nearly everything in this chapter applies to laptops, as well. The "Laptop Life" boxes explain any significant differences.




PCs
PCs: The Missing Manual
ISBN: 0596100930
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2005
Pages: 206
Authors: Andy Rathbone

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