How To Extend a Sony Vaio Screen to a Projector

by C. Taylor
    Extend the Vaio's display to a projector for an instant home theater.

    Extend the Vaio's display to a projector for an instant home theater.

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    Adding a projector to your Sony Vaio computer enables you to extend your primary display across a wall or projection screen. Extending your display creates one large desktop, instead of simply duplicating your primary display or only using the projector for output. As an example, you might project a movie in full-screen mode across a wall while still using your computer on the primary display. Your Vaio desktop likely contains two display ports for attaching a secondary projector. Your Vaio laptop integrates the primary LCD screen, but offers a secondary port for your projector. Some Vaio laptops offer two ports, such as VGA and HDMI, but only one can be used at a time.

    Step 1

    Look in the specification lists of the projector and your Sony Vaio to determine the types of available display connectors and to examine the devices. A VGA or D-Sub port contains 15 pins arranged in three rows. DVI ports are long and rectangular. HDMI ports look similar to USB ports, but are not perfectly rectangular. If you have multiple connections that align between devices, use HDMI or DVI for a higher quality display. However, if you have another external monitor connected to a Vaio laptop, you can not simultaneously connect your projector.

    Step 2

    Connect an adapter to the display cable, if the projector's port does not match the connection port on your Sony Vaio. As an example, a Vaio DVI output requires a DVI-to-VGA adapter for connecting to the projector's D-Sub port or a DVI-to-HDMI adapter for connecting to an HDMI port.

    Step 3

    Use an appropriate display cable -- with any necessary adapter -- to connect the projector's display port to your Vaio's display port.

    Step 4

    Connect a 3.5 mm audio cable between your Vaio's headphone jack and the audio input jack on your projector, if you want to use the projector's integrated speakers. Not all projectors have this capability.

    Step 5

    Plug in your projector and power it up.

    Step 6

    Press "Windows-P" to open the quick-selection menu, press the right arrow to select "Extend" and press "Enter."

    Tips

    • Some Sony Vaio computers have Intel Wireless Display capabilities. Coupled with an optional wireless display unit, the Vaio can connect wirelessly to wireless-enabled projectors.

    Warnings

    • Some projectors need configuring before being recognized by the computer. The most common adjustment is manually selecting the input type, such as VGA or HDMI. The projector's manual provides detailed instructions. Manual selection is unnecessary on most projectors that have an auto-select feature enabled by default.

    Required Items

    • VGA, HDMI or DVI display cable
    • DVI-to-VGA or DVI-to-HDMI adapter
    • 3.5 mm audio cable

    About the Author

    C. Taylor has been a professional writer since 2009. He has written for online publications and the "Journal of Asian Martial Arts." Taylor specializes in martial arts, traveling, sciences and computer repair. He received a Master of Science in wildlife biology from Clemson University and a Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences from the College of Charleston.

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