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blue rectanglular 15 pin port

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    MD
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    blue rectanglular 15 pin port


    Hello
    I have this 15 pin blue slanted rectangular port in the upper left facing the back of my Dell XPS 8300.
    The is a little white outlined in white box with a white vertical line on each side of it.
    I have tried to get the manual at the Dell site but it won't respond.
    My invoice says there is a Dell 1501 WLAN PCIe card with the pc.

    I wanted to use usb 3.0 and someone told me I need a PCIe x1 fitting in the motherboard. I think the WLAN means it has to do with network and not a usb 3.0 port but did not know what can be pugged into there -another screen perhaps?
    Do you think you can tell me what this is and if it has to do with the 3.0 usb I would like for faster transmission?
    Thank you
    Peter

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    Windows 8.1


    Not sure on the USB 3 side of things, but the blue port sounds like a VGA socket for an external monitor
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  4. #4


    MD
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulsalter View Post
    Not sure on the USB 3 side of things, but the blue port sounds like a VGA socket for an external monitor
    Then I could use 2 monitors?
    That is why it was capped and hidden maybe.
    Thank you
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    MD
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    Hello
    I went to the dell site and your link is the one I used. It just keeps timing out. Thank you for the rest of the material although a bit different, it is useful to me + bookmarked.
    Peter
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    It might allow 2 monitors , this socket looks like its part of the motherboard (from pictures I looked at while googling the machine)

    On a Dell I had a year ago, when an dedicated graphics card was installed, the internal one was automatically disabled, there was no option to enable it (except remove dedicated card)
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    MD
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    Are you saying the capped socket could be a dummy? I never use it but knowing might be a good idea.
    Perhaps I could plug my monitor in that new socket.
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    It should be a real socket, but you might find that it is disabled on the system if you have a dedicated graphics card installed

    best thing is if you have a monitor around try plugging it in

    I found out about this when my graphics card died on me a few months ago, took the card out and then the on board card came to life so I could carry on using my machine till I got a replacement (not the same model as yours, but a Dell), as soon as I installed the replacement the on board was disabled again
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    MD
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulsalter View Post
    It should be a real socket, but you might find that it is disabled on the system if you have a dedicated graphics card installed

    best thing is if you have a monitor around try plugging it in

    I found out about this when my graphics card died on me a few months ago, took the card out and then the on board card came to life so I could carry on using my machine till I got a replacement (not the same model as yours, but a Dell), as soon as I installed the replacement the on board was disabled again

    >>So you could have only one monitor at a time?
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    Windows 8.1


    Just been looking around, you can ignore this socket, it is a working one but the machine auto disables it when a dedicated card is installed

    If you want dual monitors, your graphics card probably has multiple outputs, another VGA one like this and also a DVI connector, this was the way I went for the dual output
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