HP All-In-One Desktop Secondary Monitor Setup

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Ever wonder how to connect an external monitor to your HP all-in-one desktop computer?

On many models of HP all-in-one desktops there is no obvious way to connect a second monitor due to the lack of video ports. Models such as the HP Envy 23" and 27" have an HDMI port but it is for input only. But don't worry, you can output video through the USB ports on your HP all-in-one desktop! Here's how:

  1. First you'll need a USB 3.0 to Video Adapter (USB 3.0 A to B cable included).
  2. Connect your computer to the USB to Video Adapter with your USB cable.
  3. Connect an HDMI, DVI-D or DVI to VGA cable from the USB to Video Adapter to your second monitor.

Why can't I use the HDMI port on my HP Envy all-in-one desktop?

The HDMI port on some models of HP all-in-one desktops is for input only. This is handy for when you want to use your desktop as a display for another device such as a video game console or DVD player.

On the HP Envy all-in-one desktop, for example, the "HDMI IN" port is located on the lower left hand side of the monitor. To use it, just plug in your HDMI output device and switch the computer from PC mode to HDMI mode using the HDMI IN button under the bottom left hand side of the display. To change back to PC mode, just hold the HDMI IN button.

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