So, today is the day you decide to connect your computer and monitor. You take the monitor and monitor cable out of the box, go through the manual and the next thing you know; you’re sitting on the floor stressed out. Wondering where to start from! Being a company that sells computer accessories online, we often come across customers who inquire about computer cables and how to go about connecting their computer systems.

Through today’s blog, we will provide you with a systematic guide to installing a new monitor to the computer.

Step 1: Replace the Old, Install New

As the first step, you need to get rid of the old monitor. So, shut down your computer and disconnect the monitor cable from behind your old monitor. Once you have done that, you can get rid of the old monitor. You might feel like using the same cables for setting up the new monitor. However, whether you should be using new connections or not depends on the type of the system you have.

Clean up the old area and get the keyboards, accessories and other paraphernalia out of the place. This will create a room for your new monitor. Also, keep the area well-ventilated as you would need some space and light to install the monitor properly.

Step 2: Unboxing the New

Next, you need to unbox the new monitor. Be careful with getting it out as some of them can be really bulky and large causing an accident. So, take someone’s help and install it at the right place. Don’t be in a hurry to plug it in and turn it on. Try deciphering the user manual and the guidelines given therein without getting overwhelmed.

There are times when the instructions are not written in an understandable language and the diagrams are cumbersome. However, if you read it with patience and try to know about the accessories and computer cables in detail; you will have a better understanding of installing them.

Step 3: Time to Connect

Once you have installed the monitor and have gone through the user manual, you need to decide which monitor cable goes where. The power lead cable would be the most apparent one. It is known as the kettle lead as its structure is like the lead from a kettle. Thereafter, you have to decide which cable will go on which part of the monitor out of the 3 or 4 available options.

You will find a displayport connector as a part of accessories. If it hasn’t come with it, you can always order for display ports online. Plug one end (the bigger one) to the monitor and the other end to the computer. Next comes up the DVI connector. These monitor cables typically come with white ends. If the size of your computer is between 27 to 30 inches, you would need a Dual Link DVI cable.

If your laptops and monitors work on the HDMI connection, you can make use of HDMI cable. But if your laptop works on HDMI and your monitor works on display port, you can make use of HDMI to other connection adaptors. As the monitor you are about to use is new (we assume) there are hardly any chances of VGA analog connector being there. And last but not the least, you might also find a USB cable in case you want to make USB connections.

Step 4: Switch it On

Turn the switch on your power socket on. The monitor will start for some seconds and go on the standby mode with the power indicator on. In case you don’t see the light, you can check the power switches on the back of the monitor. As soon as you realize it’s working you can start your computer.

Remember, the monitor should be on first so that the graphics card and monitor can interact with each other while the computer starts. In few seconds, you should be able to see the display on your monitor.

Step 5: Control Panel Settings

Last but not the least, you will have to make some settings in your control panel. This is because you would like to arrange the virtual monitors on the screen according to the physical arrangement of you monitors. Navigate to Control Panel>>Appearance>>Display. Thereafter you can drag the monitors in the right arrangement to so that they are arranged properly.

There’s also an option to extend the display or show your display one monitor by keeping another blank. You can change the title bar from one screen to another.

We hope the above steps were helpful in guiding you with the installation of new monitors. For more information, visit