Dell PC with Graphics Card Monitor Connect

Step 1
Unpack the computer and monitor from the box and packaging. Place items at the designated desk or work location. Locate the ports on the back of your computer.

Setting up your Dell PC with dedicated graphics card

Step 2
Locate the cable that will connect your computer to the monitor. There are 4 possible connector cable options:

VGA cable

DVI cable

DisplayPort cable

HDMI cable

Find your designated cable and identify the connector.

Step 3
Your computer has a dedicated graphics card installed. You need to connect the monitors to two of the graphics card video outputs and not the motherboard video outputs. Whenever a graphics card is installed the motherboard ports are deactivated. If you attempt to connect to the motherboard video ports you WILL NOT see any video on your monitor. The graphics card ports will be near the bottom of the rear of the computer. You will need to plug each monitor into a graphics card port. Connect to either the DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI or VGA port on the graphics card (depending on the available ports for your graphics card model). Connect one end of your cable into the designated port on the back of the computer and plug the other end into the designated port on the monitor. Do the same for your second monitor.

Identify graphics card port

Identify graphics card ports back of computer

Step 4
In some cases, your monitor may have a different port than your PC. (Ex. Monitor is VGA but you need to input a DisplayPort into your graphics card). In these scenarios, you may need an adapter. There are many kinds of adapters, but if your monitor and PC need one, it should be included in your items. Here are some examples of adapters:

DisplayPort to VGA HDMI

DisplayPort to DVI VGA

Unpack your keyboard and mouse and plug both into any available USB ports on the back of the computer. You may have also been given a Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi/Bluetooth adapter to help give your computer a stronger internet connection. If you have one of these, you will also plug this into a designated USB port on your computer.

USP plug

Step 6
If using headphones or external speakers, you can insert them into the audio port on your computer. This will be a green port on the back of your computer or black in the front. If using a microphone, you can connect it to the designated mic port which is blue/pink in the back of your computer, or black in the front. Some audio and microphone devices may connect through USB. If so, connect them to available USB ports. Devices vary therefore, these instructions may not work for everyone and their audio needs.

Audio port back of computer

Audio ports front of computer

Step 7
Locate your power supply cables and plug one cable into the power socket in the back of the computer and the other into the monitor. Then plug both cables into a surge protector or the wall outlet.

Dell tower power supply

Dell desktop power supply

Now you are ready to use your computer! Press the power button on the front to turn it on. Enjoy!

 

 

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