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Are there portable LCD projectors that can be connected to a Dell 1010 notebook thru a USB connection? Dell dropped the ball on my order and the notebook did not come thru with a 15 pin connector.

I am considering wireless if this is not possible. Use is for PPT and short video clips.
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I have yet to see a notebook which doesn't have some sort of video ouptut. Either 15-pin VGA, DVI, or HDMI - what product did you buy that has none of these connectors?

USB and wireless are DATA connections, not video. Video takes up more bandwidth in a format which is generally not accepted by displays and outboard adapters are mediocre in quality, at best.

If quality matters and you truly have no output on the laptop at all, then I would get a different laptop.

If quality doesn't matter, there are no direct projector solutions which work great, but you can find some outboard ethernet/usb solutions which would work okay.

You might want to consider an outboard USB graphics card as well, since that can be had with a 15-pin connection and probably will do a good job.

http://sewelldirect.com/USB-to-DVI-External-Video-Card-High-Resolution.asp

It would take a compressed video/data feed and convert it to something which can be used over standard DVI or VGA as you want to.
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I do have a HDMI connector. Do you have any suggestions? The laptop is a dell 1010.
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Just get a projector with a DVI or a HDMI input on it.

Here's a list of projectors under $1,000 with HDMI connections on them designed for business use (PowerPoint, etc.)

http://www.projectorcentral.com/projectors.cfm?g=1&hide=0&st=1&mfg=&p=700-1000&w=&r=3&br=&ll=&t=&db=&dt=&c=&ar=&dvi=13&td=&i=d&is=&sort=pop
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