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    I have an HP Pavilion dv9005 with XP and an external Dell 22" flat monitor. They are working fine when connected. My problem is the connector in the laptop which does not allow for a secure connection of the monitor cable since it does not have the fixed nuts for the screws that the cable has. I need to take my laptop to work everyday and when I come back home I have to struggle to get the monitor to detect the connection. Also, maybe because of the weight of the connector and cable, the connection continuously breaks and the monitor goes black. The laptop has 4 USB ports. I found out a Kensington adapter that could probably do the trick, but at a $120, is something I will not consider. Any suggestions. Thanks

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    Having an external monitor on a laptop is not an ideal situation.
    Shop for a lighter weight cable that is compatible.
    You will always have the issue of the cable coming loose if you move the laptop and I see no otherway to get around
    this, unless you can manage to secure the cable somehow. (secure it to your desktop) You will not be able to move your laptop freely.
    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

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    Another possibility would be to get a docking station. While this will run some $$$s it should provide a monitor connector which can be secured with the screws. I have a dockign station for my Dell laptop at work and it is really handy - I leave the monitors (yes, I have 2), speakers and other peripherals connected to the docking station and all I have to do is plug in the laptop and away I go. It even has a power switch so that I can leave the laptop lid closed.

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