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I am looking for the best way to keep a VGA cable plugged into a laptop for an extended period of time. The laptop doesn't have the female end threads like you may see on a video card. Between the VGA port location and my hand size, I knock the cable out often.

I am working on getting a docking station, but not sure when it would be ordered (work-related). I found an adapter, but not sure if it will work.


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I didn't understsand what the adapter as to do with your question. Can you explain please. – criziot Jul 2 '12 at 0:03
@criziot I assumed if a can do VGA->USB, I can do that, because generally usb stays in a bit better. – Ryan B Jul 2 '12 at 0:13
Ok, I got it. But the link you provided is for a DisplayPort to VGA adapter. – criziot Jul 2 '12 at 0:43
I was thinking the DP could be used an eSata – Ryan B Jul 2 '12 at 0:49
> The laptop doesn't have the female end threads like you may see on a video card. That sounds strange. Are there holes beside the connector or is it smooth plastic? If there are holes, then just grab a pair standoffs from a motherboard or case package and screw them in (just make sure that the threading matches… or don’t; either way it should hold the cable). – Synetech Jul 2 '12 at 1:30
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The thread VGA Cable - securing to new notebooks from EduGeek has a couple of good suggestions:

  • Wrap a couple of layers of plastic wrap around the male connector. That should cause a tighter fit.

  • Use a HD15 M/F adapter (also known as VGA port saver) like this one:

    port saver

    This will at least protect your port. To make sure it doesn't come out, you could glue it to your laptop. Now you have screw holes for your cable.

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Thanks Dennis. I will see if my company will let me use some double-back tape. – Ryan B Jul 2 '12 at 12:35

I'd suggest either self adhesive cable clips (3m makes them with a special, easy to remove adhesive sold under the 'command' brand name) or just use very large binding clips to secure it to the edge of the table.

My first idea was VERY large rubber bands but that will likely get messy, and render your keyboard useless.

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I don't think this would work because I would have to put a clip on my desk about an inch from where I would want to work, and be in the way when I am not using that laptop. – Ryan B Jul 2 '12 at 0:21

The easiest way would be to bend the metal casing a little to cause some resistance and it should hold. Other than that try a tighter VGA cable.

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I'm needing to do the same thing. My plan is to use an "L" shaped piece of plastic with a "U" notch that will surround the cable and prevent the VGA from disconnecting.

Here is a mock up I'm using to construct it.

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