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    Proxy for an analogue VGA connection

    I'm not very techy.

    I have a small unit that allows me to connect my laptop to multiple monitors. Thing is, my latest laptop doesn't have one of those blue VGA connectors. So I can't connect the unit.

    Is there any way of getting around this?

    Apologies if it's an ignorant question.

    TIA

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    What model of laptop is it? Some pictures of the ports you do have would help.

    Cheers,

    Plug

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    Yes you should be able to by an adaptor that plugs into the port on your computer, normally like this

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rankie-HDMI...s%2C212&sr=8-3

    or mini display port

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/DisplayPort...4147085&sr=8-7

    or USB C

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Thunderbolt...4147139&sr=8-8

    or just USB

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/BENFEI-Adap...+to+usb&sr=8-4

    hope that helps

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    When you say multiple monitors, do you mean 1 laptop monitor plus 1 external monitor or do you need to drive multiple externals monitors? If it's the latter the I suggest you share the laptop model.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plug View Post
    What model of laptop is it? Some pictures of the ports you do have would help.

    Cheers,

    Plug
    It's a basic Dell Chromebook that's tiding me over for a few months. Just USB inputs and an HDMI.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kris View Post
    Yes you should be able to by an adaptor that plugs into the port on your computer, normally like this

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rankie-HDMI...s%2C212&sr=8-3

    or mini display port

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/DisplayPort...4147085&sr=8-7

    or USB C

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Thunderbolt...4147139&sr=8-8

    or just USB

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/BENFEI-Adap...+to+usb&sr=8-4

    hope that helps
    Many thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Carlton-Browne View Post
    When you say multiple monitors, do you mean 1 laptop monitor plus 1 external monitor or do you need to drive multiple externals monitors? If it's the latter the I suggest you share the laptop model.
    Thanks C-B, I have an old Matrox Tripleheadtogo which can drive three monitors plus the laptop itself. There are three DVI inputs and one analogue output. I've downloaded the driver from Matrox.

    The comedy moment came when I was holding the VGA cable and searching the laptop for the appropriate place to put it.

    I may even have done the Stan Laurel scratching the top of my head thing.

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    I'm afraid that Chromebooks are all Greek to me; when you say you've downloaded the drivers I take it that you mean Chromebook drivers rather than Windows ones? I've just taken a cursory glance and couldn't see anything for that OS but I'll be the first to admit I didn't look very hard (but did find a comment about multi-unit support being available for Windows only).
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    Good point, it's quite poss I may have downloaded the wrong one!

    I'll double check.

    Thanks all, very helpful.

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    This will do the signal conversion for you; it doesn't need a driver and draws its power from the HDMI port. I had to get one like this to connect Mrs. Plug's HDMI laptop to a VGA monitor and it's just plug and play.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/TechRise-Hi.../dp/B01E8DD6J6

    What I don't know is how ChromeOS handles mutliple monitors, so your Matrox box may or may not work. But for 8 quid I guess it's worth a punt.

    Cheers,

    Plug

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    Proxy for an analogue VGA connection

    Chrome os is essentially a version of Linux. It is a while since I used one but you can mirror the display on one or more external monitors or use the laptop plus an external display. So if you get a hdmi to vga cable it should work out ok.


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    This might help

    https://support.google.com/chromeboo...60909?hl=en-GB


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    Quote Originally Posted by Plug View Post
    This will do the signal conversion for you; it doesn't need a driver and draws its power from the HDMI port. I had to get one like this to connect Mrs. Plug's HDMI laptop to a VGA monitor and it's just plug and play.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/TechRise-Hi.../dp/B01E8DD6J6

    What I don't know is how ChromeOS handles mutliple monitors, so your Matrox box may or may not work. But for 8 quid I guess it's worth a punt.

    Cheers,

    Plug
    Quote Originally Posted by Zook View Post
    Chrome os is essentially a version of Linux. It is a while since I used one but you can mirror the display on one or more external monitors or use the laptop plus an external display. So if you get a hdmi to vga cable it should work out ok.


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    Thanks both.

    I'm hoping to test this next week.

    Appreciate the posts.

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