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HP Monitor too high

Hi!

I just bought an HP computer monitor (2011x). Assembled, it's about an inch too tall for the shelf I'd like to keep it on. When I remove the base, it's the perfect height. However, a) it's got a metal piece sticking out of the back, and b) it's not steady at all.

Is there a thing I can either buy or make to protect the metal piece, and keep the screen from falling, so that I can use it in the ideal place?

Thanks for you help!
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dbruntonCommented:
You've probably got a VESA mount on back of the monitor.

See http://www.bracketsrus.co.uk/VESA-Wall-Mount-P55/ and see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flat_Display_Mounting_Interface for an explanation of what VESA is.

If you have one of those then you can buy mounting hardware to fasten the VESA mount to whatever you want.
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etech0Author Commented:
Thanks for your reply. However, I don't think the monitor has VESA - I don't see it, and google agrees with me.

Are there any other options?

Note: I can lean the monitor against the wall (without the base) and it seems to stand, but then it slips. So I'm hoping it won't be too complicated.

Thanks!
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RartemassAuthor, martial arts coach, IT ConsultantCommented:
You have three basic options:
1) lower the shelf
2) get a shorter pedestal piece
3) create a new stand from scratch or modify the existing stand

I'm assuming option 1 is not available to you. Option two is problematic as from a quick search there isn't a smaller version. You could try to source a pedestal from another model, but that will also be difficult and may not help anyway.

Option 3 is easy if you have some tools and don't mind modifying things. You could simply cut out the middle of the pedestal (the vertical part of the stand that attaches directly to the monitor). Having done this you can glue the pieces together. You simply need to ensure the connectors at both ends are undamaged, and that the metal piece on the back of the monitor has sufficient room inside the pedestal.
I would also reinforce the modified stand by glueing some dowel or screwing in some metal pieces vertically between the two severed pieces to ensure the weight is fully supported.
You could also cut a whole in the shelf for the pedestal minus the base to slot into. This should provide stability, however will damage the shelf.

The other option is to make a stand from scratch that accomplishes the target of shorter height. Making this out of wood should be simply enough and you can screw or bolt it into place by drilling holes in the metal tang on the monitor.
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etech0Author Commented:
Probably making a new stand would be the best idea. I just wish I knew how to build things!

Do you know of a website with tutorials for beginners?
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etech0Author Commented:
I found something interesting in the manual
http://webshop.koneo.se/pdf/511D20FB-FF59-4B3B-AD58-B1FE0BCCD735.pdf

see page 16.

Do you think that adds any options?
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nobusCommented:
you mean by mounting it on the wall?
that would let you eliminate the standup piece yes
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etech0Author Commented:
Or maybe I could attach a different VESA mount, by following those steps. I wonder if it's possible - I couldn't find the wall mount kit that they mentioned in the manual on their website.
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nobusCommented:
return to the seller, and ask for the kit
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etech0Author Commented:
Got it on HP's website, though!
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dbruntonCommented:
Here's the HP kit http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/ca/en/sm/WF06c/A1-329290-64264-329237-329237-1838057-3223659.html

You'd then need a VESA bracket to attach to it.  You'll have to search for something that would suit your shelf/application   For example here is Amazon's stuff http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&keywords=Vesa%20Mount&page=1&rh=n%3A172282%2Ck%3AVesa%20Mount
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dbruntonCommented:
And http://h30094.www3.hp.com/product/sku/2833785/mfg_partno/EM870AA

This part might fit but you'd have to ask HP.  The previous link to HP showed that that part there was supported.
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etech0Author Commented:
Interesting. I'm going to speak to HP and see what my options are.
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viki2000Commented:
What you are looking for is "lower profile stand" or "table stand":
http://www.ergomart.com/lcd_monitor_stands/lcd_monitor_stand_SL102_Limbo.htm
http://www.ergomart.com/lcd_monitor_stands/lcd-led-monitor-stand-LS9109XS.php
http://www.cgemarket.com/fsb018blk.html

They seem expensive, but may give some ideas what you need or what to build.
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nickg5Commented:
Any photo, you can post here of your monitor?
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etech0Author Commented:
You can see the monitor here:
http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/ca/en/ho/WF06b/382087-382087-3284302-215012-215012-3884696-5034312.html?dnr=1

http://www.staples.com/HP-2011X-20-inch-LED-Monitor/product_923881

It looks like it may be expensive to modify this monitor. As it's new, I'm going to find out if I can return/exchange it.

Thanks for all your help and advice so far!
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nickg5Commented:
What is holding the shelf in place?

Your choices are buy one of those other monitor stands, or make a new one.

I've moved alot of furniture and book cases, etc. Almost all the time, the glass or wooden shelves are resting on metal supports that fit into a small hole on the left and right upright pieces of the entire shelfing unit, that creates the cubical. Your cubical is 1 inch too short.

Can you see about removing the shelf, measure carefully and drill new holes so you can lower the shelf, down one inch, so your existing monitor fits in the space without having to modify your monitor in any way.
Use a level to make sure the 4 holes that contain the small metal shelve supporters are level with each other and with the level of the top of the desk, etc.
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etech0Author Commented:
Thanks for your suggestion.

However, the shelf is not moveable, as it is actually the lowest shelf on a wooden hutch that is mounted to two walls (it's in the corner), sitting partially on a ledge on the back wall.

That was actually one of the first ideas I came up with, and promptly dismissed for logistic reasons.
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etech0Author Commented:
Thanks to all of you for your help and advice!

I found another HP monitor that will fit into my space, so I'm going to exchange it probably. It's $30 dollars more, but still seems like the cheapest solution for me.

In case anyone is interested, this is the monitor: http://shopping1.hp.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/WW-USSMBPublicStore-Site/en_US/-/USD/ViewProductDetail-Start?ProductUUID=F9AQ7EN5fW8AAAEtWyFVIOHc&CatalogCategoryID=sDwQ7EN5eLcAAAEuvZY.zwd0

Again, thanks for your input!!
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viki2000Commented:
That is a nice slider stand:
http://www.hp.com/united-states/personal_again/datasheets/la2006x_ds.pdf
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sRkLa_FaU4

...good to know in case of similar troubles...
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