How to use dual monitor on DELL XPS M1530?

I have a DELL XPS M1530 laptop. System tag: HSN064J

Looks like it has a VGA out, and an HDMI out - yet all the guff says that it has dual monitor / extended display support. How? This is another DELL Outlet job. If I need a particular cable, what cable?

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Does it work with just VGA?  So you have your laptop screen on and on your VGA monitor be it flat screen, tv should see either a clone or a extended desktop of your laptop

Some machines you need to activate it...not sure on the M1530, I think its pressing the Fn + F8 button which activates it
Others you have to activate using the display properties (right click on desktop>properties/settings and last tab on that screen if its XP)  -

Sorry I'm vague, I'm on a PC at the moment and laptop is at home
bcopsAuthor Commented:
Ah ... that's not quite what I meant .... I meant, have my laptop display spread across two monitors .... not cloned from laptop screen and monitor ....


Right click your desktop, Properties, Settings, click the 2nd monitor, select Extend My Desktop to this monitor... or launch the Nvidia or ATI control center and there should be a tab that says multidisplay and there should be a setting that says Extend Desktop
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bcopsAuthor Commented:
Errrr, OK, not sure I'm making myself clear.
I have a laptop, I have two monitors, each monitor cable of taking a VGA or a DVI input.
My laptop has one VGA output and one HDMI output.

What do I physically need to be able to do to connect up both monitors to the one laptop so that I can have a desktop spread across the two monitors? A special cable? A HDMI-to-DVI cable? What?


☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Well as I currently hold the award for useless video cabling (!)
Simple HDMI-DVI cable for one and VGA-VGA for the other connection.
Does this have the integrated 8400/8600M card?

Tip with the XPS is to connect all the cables with EVERYTHING switched off then power up the monitors then the laptop.

Watch out for noise on both signals though (this is the XPS 1330 but the 1530 has similar issues)

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bcopsAuthor Commented:
k, ordered, let's see what happens.
Many thanks,

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