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Ports at back of desktop

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by sswf224, Apr 17, 2018 at 6:43 AM.

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    I have two ports at the back of my desktop and wondered what they are:-

    One says eSATA

    The other has a like a "D" (without the quotes) or P

    Can they be used for a second monitor ?
     
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    eSATA cannot be used for a second monitor it is used for connecting an external SATA drive. The other D connector may be a 15 pin VGA connector in which case it can be used for a monitor, there are other D shaped connectors though, typically serial ports but these are uncommon nowadays. It could also be an HDMI connector or DisplayPort. If you post the make and model or a screenshot of the connectors we can give more definitive advice. Whether they can be used to support a second monitor depends on the hardware configuration of the computer, so again without more information, make, model etc it isn’t possible to say. With some models if you have a dedicated graphics card the on board graphics are disabled or at least have to be switched on in the BIOS
     
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    Have attached a pic - many thanks P3170230.JPG
     
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    The other black port is indeed a displayport (which can be used for a monitor) and the other is a (purple) printer port.
    If the back panel has an additional VGA port then it is likely you can use 2 monitors
     
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    Many thanks for your help - by other black port I am assuming you mean the lower right hand one.
     
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