If you have a laptop with both VGA and HDMI ports but want to connect your projector with a VGA port, here is a guide on connecting your laptop to it.
The same goes for projectors, as older-generation laptops have a VGA port or HDMI connectivity.
But if your computer does not have a VGA port and you are looking for a solution, then here is a guide on how to connect projector to laptop without VGA port.
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How to Connect Projector to laptop without VGA port?
If you’ve got a laptop without a VGA port, then first use a connector that can connect HDMI to a VGA port.
Laptops nowadays usually come with an HDMI port, so all you need is an HDMI to VGA adapter.
Now connect the HDMI out cable to the HDMI input port of the adaptor from the laptop, and then the VGA output must be connected to the VGA input in the projector.
To have a better idea in mind, the signal (Image or Video Data) comes out of the laptop and enters the adaptor, where the signal gets converted to VGA compatible form.
The VGA input from the projector will be connected to an adapter, and the adapter HDMI cable will be connected to the Laptop port.
For audio, a 3.5mm jack cable will be connected to the projector if you want sound from a projector.
Or, if you want to get sound from the laptop, connect a 3.5mm cable to the laptop.
Getting a VGA to HDMI Adapter
First, if you are going to connect your laptop, which does not have a VGA port, then you will need an adapter capable of connecting HDMI to a VGA port.
If your projector does not have an HDMI port but a VGA at the backside, then do the reverse process.
Once you have the HDMI to VGA adaptor, follow these steps to connect it to your laptop.
- Turn off your laptop.
- Never keep it on when connecting any external hardware, especially when attaching any 3rd party devices.
- Connect the VGA cable to the connector VGA port.
- Connect the converter to the cable’s other end.
- Now take the HDMI end of the adapter to the HDMI port on your laptop.
- Turn on your projector and laptop computer.
- Because these adapters only transfer video signals, you’ll need to connect it to another port if you need audio outputs.
Display Settings on Laptop or System
You must configure your display settings to get a picture from the laptop onto the projector.
Windows 10 will automatically detect your external display and set it as the default output device, but we may want to change it in some cases.
If we wish for our laptop screen and external monitor/projector to share what’s on the laptop, we need to use two monitors and drag and drop images between them.
In Windows 10 and 11, you will have screen-sharing options once you connect an external display or monitor.
The possibilities are ‘PC Screen Only,’ ‘Extend Display,’ ‘Duplicate,’ and ‘Second Screen Only.’
The attached monitor or projector will not display only when you choose PC Screen.
The second option is to extend your laptop’s display like the projector screen is a part of the laptop monitor, so you can see the cursor move from one screen to another.
The third option, ‘Duplicate,’ will you replicate or mirror the exact activity that is going on in the first monitor, that is, the laptop monitor.
Finally, the ‘Second Screen Only’ option will only display on the projector, and the primary display will go out.
You can use the adaptor to convert the HDMI to VGA for the projector and initiate the projecting process.
We hope this guide was extensive and detailed enough for you to understand various aspects of projecting using cross-compatibility adaptors and converter cables.
As I previously stated, do not compromise on any qualities.
This sometimes affects the projection quality and efficiency, as poor-quality cables and adaptors fail to reproduce the correct colour output.
The feed sometimes comes out warmer or cooler than expected.
A lousy cable or adaptor can also cause fluctuating electricity leakage, damaging the projector in the long run. It is also a good idea to use quality adaptors and converter cables.