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Old 29.03.2019, 19:06
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Attaching a monitor to a laptop.

I call myself a techie but I don't really know little PC stuff

I have a MS Surface laptop, top spec, few months old. I don't use it because we're a MAC house.

So I'm thinking to re-purpose it to use as a desktop - and just use it to work from home. For this I need (want) a bigger screen like 24-27inch. It has a 1 thunderbolt and 1 USB socket.

Question 1, is this a simple task? I buy a monitor, keyboard, mouse & USB hub (I have a thunderbolt to HDMI cable already) and hey presto I have a desktop?

Question 2, does the laptop need to be open? I think that would be a pain in the ass.
I guess I need to make sure the monitor has an HDMI input.. Anything else?

EDIT > Local computing power doesn't matter, I'm simply connecting to my office machine.
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Old 29.03.2019, 19:16
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Re: Attaching a monitor to a laptop.

Thunderbolt on a surface? Are you certain?
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Old 29.03.2019, 19:22
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Thunderbolt on a surface? Are you certain?
Well... The same HDMI cable fits in my MacBook and the Surface.. And both connect to the normal TV.

I dunno what it's called

Edit : Is it a mini HDMI then?
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Old 29.03.2019, 19:23
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Thunderbolt on a surface? Are you certain?
It looks like a Thunderbolt connection but it is called a "Mini DisplayPort".
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Old 29.03.2019, 19:32
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Re: Attaching a monitor to a laptop.

Ahh I found the info .. Seems it is pretty straight forward..

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/keep-w...ke-lid-closed/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrBQ08L135c
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Question 1, is this a simple task? I buy a monitor, keyboard, mouse & USB hub (I have a thunderbolt to HDMI cable already) and hey presto I have a desktop?
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Question 2, does the laptop need to be open?
No. But why not have multiple screens? I have my laptop connected (via a docking station, as I still need it as a laptop) to two monitors and use three screens.
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Old 30.03.2019, 22:35
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Re: Attaching a monitor to a laptop.

The wife and I both have surface pros for the exact same purpose… to work from home. I highly recommend the orginial surface dock. A bit pricey but you can plug in two screens with HDMI and have a couple of extra USB connectors for example for a keyboard and mouse in one single box.
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Old 30.03.2019, 23:19
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The wife and I both have surface pros for the exact same purpose… to work from home. I highly recommend the orginial surface dock. A bit pricey but you can plug in two screens with HDMI and have a couple of extra USB connectors for example for a keyboard and mouse in one single box.
I might actually try a proper dock..
I'm all setup today, I bought a 27inch curved monitor, keyboard/mouse and USB hub..

I have it all working fine.. But if I move the surface, at all.. I lose the display and have to power off/on the monitor.. I also get sound only from the surface, not from the monitor. I highly suspect my old display port / HDMI cable is the faulty party.

hmmm
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I also get sound only from the surface, not from the monitor. I highly suspect my old display port / HDMI cable is the faulty party.
It is likely you can adjust the sound settings on the computer to have the sound come from the external monitor if you want. I have a desktop iMac I added an external monitor to and was able to have sound coming from either the external monitor or the desktop. Provided the external monitor has speakers. I have never had an HDMI cable go bad personally but if you think its faulty a new one might be a cheap fix for $20 or less.
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Old 01.04.2019, 10:43
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It is likely you can adjust the sound settings on the computer to have the sound come from the external monitor if you want. I have a desktop iMac I added an external monitor to and was able to have sound coming from either the external monitor or the desktop. Provided the external monitor has speakers. I have never had an HDMI cable go bad personally but if you think its faulty a new one might be a cheap fix for $20 or less.
Yeah it´s a bit odd.. I open the sound properties and there are two output devices. The laptop itself and the monitor. Both are showing as enabled. I can disable each or make one or other the default.
Both have a "test" button and laptop output works fine - sound comes out. When I test the monitor as the output - I see little green bars like its working but no sound.

Yes the monitor is supposed to have speakers and I downloaded latest driver.

Its only for work really, fancy sound is not important. I ordered the MS Surface dock anyway, will see if it fixes it.
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