I was wondering if there was any way to connect 3 external monitors to my Dell Latitude E6500 laptop or 2 external monitors with the laptop being a display.
I am currently connected to 2 external monitors by VGA and DVI cables and my computer screen is black.
My docking station has (video ports):
Here are some questions that I want to find out about:
There shouldn't be a problem connecting your Latitude E6500 with 2 external and the internal screen. Three external monitors is not possible. You will need the NVidia card and Optimus will need to be enabled. Also, one of the external monitors will have to be set as the primary screen. If you are using the docking station, be sure that none of the connectors are on the same channel as any other connectors, which means that they are not stacked on top of each other.
Here is a Dell link for troubleshooting multiple monitor issues and configuration recommendations: http://www.dell.com/support/troubleshooting/us/en/04/KCS/KcsArticles/ArticleView?c=us&l=en&s=gen&doc...
Here is a short video on installing three monitors with NVidia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfKJPfp1hcA
To address your specific questions:
•Do I need to get a USB to VGA connector? You should be able to use the standard connectors for this configuration.
•Is there a third party software that lets me have 3 monitors? The Latitude E6500 does not require any additional software for 3 monitors.
•Is there a setting in Windows 7 that lets me do this? The settings are shown in the above video.
•Do I need to upgrade the hardware in my laptop (with my other laptops)? Does your Latitude E6500 have the NVidia video card installed? If so, you should be good to go.
•Do I need to change the connections I am using? The current connectors are not listed, but what you have should work as long as they are not on the same channel.
•Is it possible with this laptop? Yes, it is possible with the Latitude E6500.
Please let us know if you continue to have issues with the configuration.