Connect laptop to the monitor

I have a laptop and a LED monitor HP 2511x
How can I connect the laptop to the monitor
I have the right cables but when the I connect the monitor cable to the laptop and turn both of them on my monitor is still screen, what do I need to setup on the laptop? DO I need to install some kind of software

thanks
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  1. Did you try first connecting your monitor and then boot your laptop. You don't need any additional software to connect a monitor to your laptop.
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  3. thanks, i will try it later today
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