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Old 13-01-2019, 10:18   #1
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Running two monitors off a laptop?

Stupid question but ...

My OH has a laptop which appears to have an HDMI port and VGA (? blueish in colour with 15 holes even split over 3 rows) port.

Should I just be able to plug 2 monitors in and Windows 10 will detect them ? Also, in such a scenario is it possible to get Win10 to 'ignore' the laptop's own screen so that she could say ... connect a USB keyboard and mouse to the laptop (with the lid down) and use the two monitors ? And, ideally, when she is on site, the laptop's screen automatically kicks in as there are no other monitors connected ?

We have a bit of an issue here with needing more screen size but having limited desk space.
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Old 13-01-2019, 10:33   #2
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In theory, yes that should work. To allow you to close the lid and keep working, there's a power setting you need to change. https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/2523...r-laptops-lid/
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In theory, yes that should work. To allow you to close the lid and keep working, there's a power setting you need to change. https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/2523...r-laptops-lid/
Thought so, thanks shteve.

My next question would be if it is possible to get a 'docking station' where the laptop doesn't take up space on the desk? ie where the laptop can be stored off the desk but connected via some sort of cable to a box which also connects the external monitor(s), keyboard and mouse?
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Docking stations are usually sold by the laptop's manufacturer. I'd assume most would have at least two monitor ports on them.
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My work setup has a Kensington SD4700P docking station connected to two 24 inch monitors and the only connection required is a USB-C lead between my laptop and the dock. I do not need a power pack to my laptop as the power comes over the USB-C connection also. I have a wireless mouse and keyboard with the dongle plugged into the dock. It all works well on Windows 10 and Windows knows when I have 2 screens i.e. laptop shut and when I have 3 with the laptop open, flicks between modes automatically.
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My work setup has a Kensington SD4700P docking station connected to two 24 inch monitors and the only connection required is a USB-C lead between my laptop and the dock. I do not need a power pack to my laptop as the power comes over the USB-C connection also. I have a wireless mouse and keyboard with the dongle plugged into the dock. It all works well on Windows 10 and Windows knows when I have 2 screens i.e. laptop shut and when I have 3 with the laptop open, flicks between modes automatically.
That sounds like just the thing I am after.

Does it work with USB2 on the laptop ? Or does it need USB3 ? Presumably charging the laptop ( in your scenario ) only works as your laptop can be charged over USB ? Not sure my OH's one does.

Also, so if you want to use it as a normal laptop do you just disconnect the USB cable from the laptop?

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The screens work with USB-2 (there is a USB-C to USB-2/USB-3 adaptor included) but it will not charge as this is over USB-C only.

Disconnecting the USB cable switches from the 2 external displays to the laptop display and I can then use it as a normal laptop.
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The screens work with USB-2 (there is a USB-C to USB-2/USB-3 adaptor included) but it will not charge as this is over USB-C only.



Disconnecting the USB cable switches from the 2 external displays to the laptop display and I can then use it as a normal laptop.
Excellent - sounds exactly like what I need. Time to go searching ...
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Prices, even on eBay, for the SD4700P look way out of her price range. Wondering if Affiliated Link would do just as good a job ?
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