IMPORTANT: How to Setup a Monitor

This article details setting up a monitor from the very beginning, starting with the monitor still in the box and ending up with a new display attached to the computer and working normally. It includes some tips on care and general use of a monitor, and the topics covered should apply to most manufacturer brands. Always use care and caution when handling any electronics.

Note: It is recommended to print this guide as the computer in use should be shut down during this process.

1. Remove tape (if any) from the box and open the flaps.

Monitor in box

2. Carefully remove the monitor from the box within the Styrofoam packaging and set the monitor on a table or other stable flat surface.

Monitor out of box

3. Remove the foam packaging. Avoid touching the screen. Always handle the monitor by the housing, not with the screen.

Monitor with cover

4. If the monitor is in a plastic case or plastic bag, remove this next. Also, remove any plastic tape or protective plastic from the outside of the monitor.

Monitor with cover

5. Attach the monitor to the base of the unit by placing the base on a table or other flat surface and lowering the monitor down on to it. This may take some force to secure the monitor into the base, but avoid putting force on the top of the monitor. Note that the example monitor is shown with the plastic covers still on, as well as a set-up guide over the screen.

Install monitor on stand

6. Place the monitor in the position where it will stay, or attach it to a VESA mount if it will be mounted.

7. Attach the power cable from the wall to the monitor. Note that some monitors come with a power cable, while others come with a power adapter similar to that of a notebook PC.

Monitor power connection

8. Determine which video connection to use. If your computer and monitor support it, a DVI, HDMI or DisplayPort connection would provide the best picture quality as they all support digital picture transmission. A VGA connection supports high-quality analog signal however, it is not at the same picture quality. HDMI also supports audio if the monitor has speakers in it as well.

Monitor cable connection
Note: Do not connect more than one of the above connections. This can cause the monitor to display a blank screen.

9. Power off the computer.

10. Disconnect and remove the old monitor.

11. Connect the chosen video cable to your computer and to the monitor.

Monitor cable connection
Note that the example here is a VGA connection.

12. Power on the monitor and ensure that the lights on the front do come on and, if applicable, there is a manufacturer start screen on the monitor as it powers on.

13. Power on the computer, the new monitor will be automatically detected and configured by the computer.