hooking 2nd monitor to laptop docking station

By JADavis9 ·
I went with my wife today to help her hook up a 2nd monitor to her laptop at work, as all the others have done there. She has a 2nd Dell monitor that matches the 1st. But how do I connect it? Is there a "Y" cable connector to split the monitor outlet in the docking station to allow a second monitor to be plugged in?

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I'm not exactly sure what this Docking Station has

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to hooking 2nd monitor to la ...

If it has a DVI Video Jack you can get a Y Cable that will support 2 monitors as an Extended Desktop.

Here I'm assuming that your wife wants to use an extended Desktop and not just clone the 1 Desktop to 2 Monitors.

I think this is what you are looking for if that's the case.


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I'm not sure

by JADavis9 In reply to I'm not exactly sure what ...

I don't know what a DVI Video Jack is, but this HP dock does have an unused port (serial port?) right next to the monitor port, but it is slightly shorter in length. The dock looks like this one although I am not sure that it is this exact model. There must be some easy way that this is done, since most of the desks near hers have a 2 monitor setup. She says it is done so that you can display an open application on one while you are working on an application open on the other monitor.

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Well in this case it's

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to I'm not sure

Ports 6 and 12 that need to be used.

Port 6 is a DVI Port and Dell has a Split Cable that can support 2 monitors in an Extended Desktop Configuration and it's the only one that I've seen that can do this as stated below most are just a Splitter that Clones the Desktop to 2 monitors they don't Split the Desktop across 2 screens. Not sure what HP offers but Dell defiantly has one that can do this.

What you could also do is use a DVI to VGA Adapter to plug in an Analog Monitor to the DVI Socket if the monitors that you have are for VGA Ports only.


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oops, it is an HP

by JADavis9 In reply to Well in this case it's

I'm not sure what happened to me, but this is not a Dell item. My other pc is a Dell. This laptop of my wife's is an HP and so is the docking station (of course?).
I think that I will just let her tech department handle this. She was given the 2nd monitor and we went in to the office Sunday to hook it up, but couldn't do it with the cables that we had.
Thanks for all of the input from everyone!

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by NexS In reply to I'm not exactly sure what ...

The dual input DVI ports aren't generally on docking stations, from what I've seen the splitting cables are simply that -- splitters.

Most docking stations will have both VGA and DVI (blue and white, respectively) and can both be plugged into a monitor. Keep in mind that Windows only supports two monitors at a time, so the laptop will need to be closed.

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RE:hooking 2nd monitor to laptop docking station

by srirammurthy6 In reply to hooking 2nd monitor to la ...

you can connect another monitor to the same laptop. There will be one VGA OUT for the laptop depending on the model of the laptop. you have mentioned that there is a docking station connected to the laptop. There will be one VGA output to the same as of laptop.
you can see screen 2 by pressing FN and try pressing F3 button multiple times. so that you can get the display Either SCREEN1 or SCREEN2 or BOTH.

But you have not mentioned the Brand and type of the laptop to provide you more clear and step by step information.

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