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If you are a teacher, business folk, and home theater enthusiast. Then today’s article is going to be very important. In this article, I am going to tell you eight ways to Connect a Laptop to Projector.

In this article. I have tried to describe every laptop to projector connection. By image, so you can understand easily.

Between these steps, I will also tell you how you can resolve issues. If you are not successful, connect your laptop to the projector.

And at the end of the article, I resolve some big problems people face. When they try to connect the laptop to the projector.

So stick to the end of the article. You will get everything on how to connect a laptop to a projector.

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How to connect the laptop to a projector with the HDMI?

Turn off everything and start from step one.

Step 1: Turn On Projector

First of all we power up the projector. It’s the best time to restart the projector. If you haven’t restarted the projector for a long time.

Step 2: HDMI to the Projector

Projector Ports

Now the projector is warm up. This time to take the good quality HDMI cable. And then identify the HDMI port in the port interface of your projector. Connect any end of the HDMI cable tight in the HDMI port of the projector. And move to the next step.

Step 3: Power on the laptop

Power on/restart projector. I will suggest you to restart the projector.

Step 4: HDMI to the Laptop

VGA, HDMI and USB ports in the laptop

It’s time to connect the second HDMI cable end with the laptop. When you insert the HDMI cable inside the HDMI port of the laptop.

It will immediately recognize the HDMI cable connection. And you will see the projection of the screen on the screen. 

If not then. Press the input search button on the projector, so you can choose the right HDMI slot for projection. Or press the Windows + P button simultaneously on your projector. And you get the different screen settings.

On your laptop screen. Like Pc screen only, Duplicate, Extended and Second screen only. From these screen options most of the time you should go with the Duplicate.

And you get the projection of your laptop screen on the projector.

Still facing issues, restart the projector and laptop again. And repeat the connection process.

Things to be noticed

In three simple steps, you can connect the laptop to the projector. But there are some things you should care about. Your connection direction should be from projector to laptop

This is the ideal direction to connect your projector and laptop. Because it loads the signal in the right way. And your projector connects with the laptop immediately.

And when you connect the laptop to the projector. Your laptop will do not recognize the HDMI cable correctly. And you have to disconnect the HDMI cable once from the laptop to see the projection.

What about the audio?

As we all know HDMI cable carries both audio and video signals. If you want you can use the projector speakers for small gatherings. Or can connect the external speakers with the projector through the aux cable.

And also you can connect the external speakers with the laptop directly. By using the aux cable and aux port available on the laptop. The choice is up to you, for audio output. How you want the audio output, according to your comfort.

And also you can choose the audio output settings from the laptop audio settings. Go to your audio output settings on your laptop. You will get the Dialogue box-like “Choose audio output settings” on your laptop. 

Here it could be a different interface for you. But the option will be the same audio output by laptop speakers or by the projector you have connected.

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How to connect the laptop to a projector with the VGA Cable?

Step 1: Power Source Setup

Right now our projector is off. We take a power cable and connect it to the power board and switch it on. And press the power button on the projector.

Step 2: Take a VGA cable

Now we select the good quality VGA cable for the connection. Which have two VGA heads. As you can see in the image. And don’t confuse between which side of the cable goes in the projector and laptop. You can start with any side.

VGA cable

Step 3: VGA cable to a projector

Projector Ports

Now the projector is on. In my case, I have only one VGA port, as you can see in the image. If you have two VGA ports you can go with any VGA port. 

You to have figured out which VGA port you will go with. Then hook up the one end of the VGA cable in the VGA port of the projector.

And press the input search button on the remote or the projector. To select the VGA port slot of your projector. So your projector can recognize it. And the response to it.

Let’s go ahead.

Step4: VGA cable to a Laptop

HDMI, VGA and USB ports in the laptop

This is our last step. To do this step. Power on the projector. And Take the other end of the VGA cable. And plug the VGA cable in the VGA port of the projector. If you wanna see how VGA ports look like in the projector you can see in the image I have added. 

Make sure your laptop is in the correct settings. I mean to say your laptop should recognize the VGA cable. If it doesn’t check your laptop output settings.

Verdict: If you had correctly plugged both side VGA cable in the projector and laptop. And if you select the VGA port on both devices you will see the projection of your laptop screen.

VGA ports only carry video signals. So for the audio output. You have to plug the aux cable into the laptop. And connect that aux cable with the external speakers.

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How to connect a laptop to a projector Wirelessly?

How to connect a laptop to a projector with Wireless and Wifi

For the wireless connection, your windows laptop should have windows ten pre-installed. And your projector should support miracast. If not you can buy the cast dongle, like google chrome cast.

And both devices should be committed to the same wifi network. So let’s start a step-by-step connection tutorial.

Step 1: Setup Wifi 

Turn on your home wifi. Here I would like to name the wifi for example so we don’t get confused. The wifi name will be wifi1952, it could be different for you.

Step 2: Wifi settings on the Bothe Device

Go to network settings on your projector. And in wifi settings find the wifi1952. And connect with it. Also, don’t forget to connect the laptop with the same wifi wifi1952. Move to the next step.

Step 3: Wireless settings on the laptop

Press the Windows + K button on your projector. And you will get something like this as you can see in the below image.

Wireless device available to connect in the laptop

As you can see in the image. You will get the option like this to connect. In the image, you are seeing my Dell 4d55 monitor. You will get the option to connect with the projector if it supports miracast.

When successfully connecting both the projector. On the top of the screen. You will get the setting logo when you click on that logo. 

You can change the screen preference to Gaming and Video. By default, it will be on the Working Video. So these are some simple steps to connect your laptop to a projector wirelessly with the help of wifi. And the major thing about this way. You can connect the projector and laptop without any need for VGA/HDMI cables and ports.

How to connect the laptop to a projector with the USB?

This way you can hook up the projector and laptop by USB cable. Let’s take a look at the steps.

During the whole process, your projector and laptop should be on.

Step 1: Take a USB cable

First, we take a USB cable. Which have the same head as shown in the image.

USB Cable

Step 2: USB cable to Laptop

Now you know which kind of USB cable you will need. So move ahead and hook up the one end of the USB cable head in the USB port of the Laptop.

Step 3: USB cable to Projector

Now another end of USB cable or another head of USB cable and connect with the projector.

When you do these three steps you will see the projection of your laptop screen on the second screen. 

If you use the projector for your business presentation. When you connect your projector and laptop with the USB cable. Then you can easily page up and down presentation slides.

By Page up and down button available in the laptop. This stuff you can’t do with the VGA cable.

That’s the benefit of using the USB cable in the business presentation.

How to connect the laptop to a projector using Anycast?

How to connect the laptop to a projector using Anycast

This is going to be the second way to connect the projector and laptop wirelessly.

Step 1: Micro USB to Adapter 

Inside the box of M9 plus. You will get the USB to micro USB cable. Which you have to connect with the M9 plus adapter. Micro USB cable head go in the M9 plus adapter. As you can see in the image.

Step 3: Select power source for Adapter

And normal USB heads go in the projector USB port for the power source. Or you can also power up your adapter by connecting with the smartphone charging adapter. And then connect the charging adapter to the power socket and switch it on.

Step 4: M9 plus to Projector

Now you have to connect the HDMI stick of the M9 plus adapter to go inside the HDMI port of the projector. That’s it. Move to the next step.

Step 5: Connect with Software

In this step, you have to download the official EzMira software of anycast. In your laptop to connect for the wireless connection with the M9 plus dongle.

When you successfully download and install the EzMira software. In your laptop. Go right-hand side bottom corner of your laptop screen. 

And click on the unhide option. You will get the interface like this seen in the image.

How to connect the laptop to a projector using Anycast

Click on the shared device and you will get your M9 plus adapter to connect with your laptop wirelessly.

Step 4: Connect without Software

This step for those guys who don’t want to install the software on their laptops.

Press Windows + P button. And then a new tab will open from the right side of the projector. Click on connect to wireless display option. You will get the option to connect your anycast with them wirelessly. 

And also anycast supports the various screens of windows 10. Just click on the Windows + P button, you will get the option to choose.

How to connect the laptop to the projector and document camera?

How to connect the laptop to the projector and document camera

To connect the laptop, document camera, and projector. You will need the input and Output VGA/HDMI port in your document camera. Here I have a VGA port and two VGA cables.

Step 1: Power up the device

Connect your Doc camera and projector with the power source with the help of a power cord. And if your laptop is not charged you should also connect the laptop with the power source.

If it’s charged then you don’t need to connect the laptop with the power source.

Step 2: Laptop to Document Camera

We take a VGA cable and connect with the laptop and document camera. The first end of the cable goes in the VGA port of the laptop. And the second goes in the input VGA port of the document camera.

Step 3: Document Camera to Projector

Now we take another VGA cable and connect this VGA cable first end in the VGA output port of the document camera. And another end goes in the projector VGA port. Select VGA port in the projector by input search.

And that’s how your connection process completes. Between the Document camera, Projector, and Laptop.

If you connect all devices in this manner. You don’t need to unplug the VGA cable to move between the different devices.

Here I am using the Eloam Portable Document Camera: VE802AF for example. On the top side of the projector, you will get the button named VGA Local/External. 

To switch between the device. VGA local for the VGA input and VGA External for the VGA output.

How to connect google Chromebook laptop to the projector?

How to connect google Chromebook laptop to the projector

Here I am going to teach you how to connect to a Chromebook. One has only an HDMI port for the connection and another has only a USB type C port. Old and new Chromebook. 

With HDMI cable

There is no hassle to connect with the HDMI cable. Make sure your projector and chrome book is on. Now connect the HDMI cable with the chrome book HDMI port first. And then connect the HDMI cable with the HDMI port of the projector.

If you have on your projector and chrome book already. In a few seconds, the projector will show the projection of your Chromebook. If you don’t. Search for the HDMI port in your projector connectivity option. By remote or input search button. So your projector can read the HDMI cable signal.

When the projector projects to your Chromebook screen. By default, the projected screen will be in extended mode. If you wanna change it press the windows + P button. You will get the option to change the type of screen, you want to project.

This is for old chrome books, which have only an HDMI port. 

With USB C to HDMI Adapter

Step 1

First, you have to connect your HDMI cable to one end with the USB C to HDMI adapter. Before we start connecting the cable. Make sure you have on the projector and Chromebook.

Step 2 

Start with the type-c port. Connect the USB C cable to the type-c port. And connect the HDMI end with the HDMI port of the projector. As you connect after a few seconds you will get the projection of your Chromebook screen.

By default, it will be in the extended mode. To change you can use the Windows + P button. Or you can go to the control panel in Chromebook. To go to the control panel go to the right corner bottom of the screen you will get the little bar click on that.

Now you have to go through the Settings>Device>Display. You click on the display settings, you will get the two mini displays. 

One is an internal display and another is an external display. And under this, you will get the option “Mirror internal Display” click on this. Your both the display will be merged. And you will see the duplicate of your screen on the projector.

So, that’s how you can connect your old and new Chromebook with a projector.

How to connect the surface laptop to the projector?

How to connect the surface laptop to the projector

This is the last one. Let’s finish it. All the new surface families have a type-c port. While old ones have display ports available.

So my point here is that. If you have a new surface laptop you will need the USB C to HDMI Adapter. And if you have an old one you will need the DisplayPort to HDMI/VGA adapter. To connect with the projector.

Before we start the connection between projector and surface and laptop. I wanna tell you, power on in your projector and surface laptop. And in the projector select the HDMI port for connectivity.

DisplayPort to HDMI/VGA adapter + HDMI Cable

Step One

First, we connect the HDMI cable with the DisplayPort to HDMI/VGA adapter. And then move to the next step.

Step Two

Now you have the HDMI cable connected with the DisplayPort adapter. First, plug the Display port Cable in the Display Port of the Old surface laptop. And then plug the HDMI with the projector. Your connection process is done for the old surface laptop.

USB C to HDMI Adapter + HDMI Cable

Step One

For the new surface laptop, you have to connect the HDMI cable with the USB C to HDMI Adapter first. Then we move to the next step.

Step Two

Here we start with the USB type-c cable. We connect the the USB type-c cable in the type-c port of the new surface laptop. And rest HDMI cable will go in the HDMI port of the projector.

What cable connects a laptop to a projector?

Here I have connected the laptop to the projector with the various cords and they are:-

  1. HDMI
  2. VGA
  3. USB

And the resets are converter and adapter.

Why is my computer not detecting my projector?

If your computer is not detecting the second monitor. Then you have updated your display driver.

To update your display driver you have to go to the left-hand side bottom corner. Where you get a search bar. 

Go and search on that bar Device Manager. You will get the device manager, click on that. Then you will move to the new tab, where lots of device managers are available.

You have to find the Display Adapter option, right-click on that option. A new tab will open asking How do you want to search for drivers? 

You have to choose the right Search automatically for updated driver software. Downloading will start. And When downloading is done. Restart your system.

I connect the laptop to the projector, but there is no sound?

Go to the control panel then sound and hardware. Click on manage audio device and select an external device. And now your sound will come from external speakers you have connected with your laptop.

My laptop is connected to a projector, not a full screen?

Go to your windows settings. Then System scrolls down clicks on “Advance Display Settings”. Then you will move to a new interface, scroll down and click on “Display Adapter Properties”

A new tab will open and you will get a different option: click on the “Click HD Graphics Control Panel”. And make sure the display is a digital display and the scaling is full screen. Apply. If not help full for you check out this video.

My laptop connected to the projector but no image and signal?

You are facing this issue because you are using a faulty VGA/HDMI cable. So change your cables and select the port you want to use VGA/HDMI port.

This is the reason why your video signals are not going from your source device to the projector.

Last Word

So in this article, we learn the various way on How to Connect a Laptop to Projector with the various cables, adapter, and devices. I hope you all guys enjoy this article. 

Get the way you want to connect your projector to your laptop. And at the end of the article, I have added some queries which people repeatedly people ask.

So bye for this time. See you next time in any random post of OnsMe.com.

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