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Easy instructions on how to connect your computer and monitor

Updated on May 22, 2012
back of a random tower or "brain" of computer also called the harddrive
back of a random tower or "brain" of computer also called the harddrive
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Full layout
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Computer humor

These are very simple instructions

I know PCs or older computers which are larger than laptops are going out of style, but Believe me, some of us still like them for storage, or for the comfort of typing on a "normal" keyboard. And because some of us are computer challenged I've incluede step by step instructions to help you assemble on your own. So move on or watch carefully!

In this picture above, which is just one type of tower, I will try to point out the main entry points for putting in plugs and assembling your PC. Every tower is different but are color coded. Please note this appears to be a very old model, and your new Dell or other PC will be a lot simpler. Here goes:

  • In the very top left, you place the power cord to connect tower to your outlet. You get two power cords that each hook up your tower and monitor to the power outler.
  • Top right is the on button, power button for tower. This one is in a strange place on this model.
  • going down you will see a purple, pink, and green circles . These are usually for the mouse, keyboard, and speakers. (But your keyboard, mouse, and speakers may have rectangular ends, in this case: plug them into the rectangular slots below, called USB ports.
  • There are four USB ports here: 2 in top row, 2 in bottom row. The other two holes (square shaped) are to hook in your ethernet cable which goes to your modem box for RCN DSL or whatever your internet source is, unless you choose dial up, you'd plug in your phone line instead.
  • the next 6 color coded circles may be for your speaker, keyboard, and mouse. On this model, it appear they are extra ports which can happen. Try them out.
  • The blue attachment on the top left under the purple, green and pink holes is your monitor attachment. Hook up your monitor cord to this- press it in and screw the two ends in place.

So, you've attached your monitor to the tower! Make sure you attach your power cords from the monitor and tower to the power source (outlet ) These are the main two things (monitor connections (two: one to power, one to tower) and tower connection to the outlet.

As I mentioned, you have to find where to plug in the mouse and keyboard, which is pretty simple and color coded.

Also make sure you connect your speakers also color coded and there may be a cord from one to the power outlet.

Please make sure all three of the above are attached via color code OR with USB ports. It appears the modern models have 8 or more USB ports, which is actually easier in the long run and (provides places for a printer cable, or anything requiring a USB jack including downloading photos from a digital camera).

LET ME GO OVER THIS AGAIN:

  1. ATTACH YOUR MONITOR TO TOWER USING BLUE COLOR CODED CABLE
  2. PLUG IN BOTH MONITOR AND HARDDRIVE/TOWER TO OUTLET
  3. INSERT KEYBOARD, SPEAKERS, AND MOUSE TO EITHER HOLES OR USB PORTS AND PLUG TO OUTLET
  4. PLUG IN PRINTER TO OUTLET AND PLUG USB CORD INTO HARDDRIVE/TOWER

YOU'RE DONE! THEN YOU USE EITHER ETHERNET CABLE OR PHONE LINE DEPENDING ON YOUR DSL OR DIAL UP CONNECTION.

I HOPE THIS HELPS AND IF YOU CANNOT FIGURE IT OUT, ASK A FRIEND OR TECHNICIAN TO HELP.

THERE SHOULD BE A FEW EXTRA USB PORTS IN CASE YOU HAVE A DIGITAL CAMERA OR MAGIC JACK OR SOMETHING TO PLUG INTO ONE OR MORE.


Surge protector~A must to have
Surge protector~A must to have

SURGE PROTECTOR

AS YOU SEE IN THE PHOTO, YOU WILL NEED ONE OF THESE. They are handy of plugging in ALL your componensts and have a red button to turn off everything at once which will save you electricity and it also prevent an overload of electronic equipment to prevent fire.

Below is a video for more advanced computer/laptop users to hook up their computer to a large tv screen to ultimately view movies played LARGER and generally make their computer screen larger if they wish to do so.

Very Basic Keyboard Tips for Newbies

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    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR

      schoolgirlforreal 

      3 years ago

      That's an idea I hadn't thought of! Good idea! Ha ha this is so old!

    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i used to put stickers with names on the cables in order not to get mix up

    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR

      schoolgirlforreal 

      7 years ago

      Hi diggersjohn33, I find this hub so simple...maybe a 5yr old could put together a computer!

    • diggersjohn33 profile image

      diggersjohn33 

      7 years ago

      It's still relevant I think, similar terminology means different things to different people after all.

      I always find though, computers are easy until something goes wrong :)

    • schoolgirlforreal profile imageAUTHOR

      schoolgirlforreal 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for pointing that out! I made the title a little more descriptive lol! Well, I never had a problem doing this, but I know some who are very computer challenged, for whatever reason, like older people or just non-mechanical people. I've always been mechanically inclined.

      You can get good videos actually on youtube.com which may be helpful btw. I wish I could help!

      I hope some people find this hub helpful!! thanks for the comment :)

    • telltale profile image

      telltale 

      7 years ago

      Looking at the title of your hub, I actually thought that you are giving instructions on how to assemble a PC Desktop. Meaning, putting in the motherboard, processor, linking the power supply, setting up the disk drives, etc. etc., which I did a number of times before. But, being not in the hardware trade, I, sometimes, tend to connect the devices in a 'different' way, and ending up having to visit the PC shop to 'assist' in putting it correctly. Well, it's an experience! :) Thanks for the hub!

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