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Desktop Icons Rearranged To Laptop Monitor From External Monitor

Question: Desktop Icons Rearranged To Laptop Monitor From External Monitor

Windows 10 laptop. I connect it to an external monitor and use hdmi cable. My external monitor is my main monitor. I use the laptop monitor as the secondary monitor. I extend the display.



My desktop icons are always on my external monitor desktop. I had moved the hdmi cable connected to my laptop i believe which caused all my icons from my external monitor to go on the laptop monitor. Also there is even spacing on all of the icons. Has anyone had this happened? I then clicked sort and then it rearranged so there is no spacing etc. However, i then noticed hey why are my icons on my laptop monitor and not my external monitor.



Does anyone know why this happened? When i open chrome and other programs, it does open up on my external monitor though which is my primary monitor. I believe i can just drag each of the icons on my desktop on my laptop screen to my external monitor. So just do this and that fixes the issue right? Or is there a way to have all the icons just move to the external monitor. The reason i ask this is in case the icons just suddenly move to the laptop screen again.

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Windows 10 laptop. I connect it to an external monitor and use hdmi cable. My external monitor is my main monitor. I use the laptop monitor as the secondary monitor. I extend the display.

My desktop icons are always on my external monitor desktop. I had moved the hdmi cable connected to my laptop i believe which caused all my icons from my external monitor to go on the laptop monitor. Also there is even spacing on all of the icons. Has anyone had this happened? I then clicked sort and then it rearranged so there is no spacing etc. However, i then noticed hey why are my icons on my laptop monitor and not my external monitor.

Does anyone know why this happened? When i open chrome and other programs, it does open up on my external monitor though which is my primary monitor. I believe i can just drag each of the icons on my desktop on my laptop screen to my external monitor. So just do this and that fixes the issue right? Or is there a way to have all the icons just move to the external monitor. The reason i ask this is in case the icons just suddenly move to the laptop screen again.

Answer:Desktop Icons Rearranged To Laptop Monitor From External Monitor

If you booted up without the external connected, it likely switched the laptop screen to now be the main screen. Just go back in and double check which one is set to main.
I run dual screens on my laptop but leave the laptop screen as main. My external is a smaller screen than my laptops 17 inch screen. It's a portable 15 inch USB screen.
I on occasion boot up my laptop without the external connected. Having the laptop screen as the main screen helps in this situation.
I don't put any ICONS on my desktop, its just my personal preference. I launch my every day Apps/programs from my taskbar.

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Windows 10 laptop. I connect it to an external monitor and use hdmi cable. My external monitor is my main monitor. I use the laptop monitor as the secondary monitor. I extend the display.



My desktop icons are always on my external monitor desktop. I had moved the hdmi cable connected to my laptop i believe which caused all my icons from my external monitor to go on the laptop monitor. Also there is even spacing on all of the icons. Has anyone had this happened? I then clicked sort and then it rearranged so there is no spacing etc. However, i then noticed hey why are my icons on my laptop monitor and not my external monitor.



Does anyone know why this happened? When i open chrome and other programs, it does open up on my external monitor though which is my primary monitor. I believe i can just drag each of the icons on my desktop on my laptop screen to my external monitor. So just do this and that fixes the issue right? Or is there a way to have all the icons just move to the external monitor. The reason i ask this is in case the icons just suddenly move to the laptop screen again.

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Windows 10 laptop. I connect it to an external monitor and use hdmi cable. My external monitor is my main monitor. I use the laptop monitor as the secondary monitor. I extend the display.

My desktop icons are always on my external monitor desktop. I had moved the hdmi cable connected to my laptop i believe which caused all my icons from my external monitor to go on the laptop monitor. Also there is even spacing on all of the icons. Has anyone had this happened? I then clicked sort and then it rearranged so there is no spacing etc. However, i then noticed hey why are my icons on my laptop monitor and not my external monitor.

Does anyone know why this happened? When i open chrome and other programs, it does open up on my external monitor though which is my primary monitor. I believe i can just drag each of the icons on my desktop on my laptop screen to my external monitor. So just do this and that fixes the issue right? Or is there a way to have all the icons just move to the external monitor. The reason i ask this is in case the icons just suddenly move to the laptop screen again.

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Last year, I ordered and installed a Lenovo 19" Flat-Panel monitor (and driver) for my T-61p ThinkPad.  Recently, as a contractor working on an IBM project, I was provided with an R61 ThinkPad and HP 1740 monitor.  The monitor driver that came with the R61 allows me to extend my desktop displays across the R61 screen plus the monitor screen as one contiguous desktop spread across the 2 screens.  The driver that came with my Lenovo 19" monitor only gives me the option of duplicating my T61 desktop screen on my external monitor.  Can I extract/copy the driver from the R61 and install it on the T61?  Or download a free version of the "extended desktop" driver from Lenovo, IBM, or somewhere else?  I've searched the Lenovo site but found no references to driver downloads. 

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Hi,  I'm trying to setup dual monitor for my lenovo T61P laptop. I want to use one external monitor which is connected to my Thinkpad docking station and the laptop lcd monitor. I'm using windows vista x64. Does any one else have it setup this way? When I connect the laptop to the docking station, only the external  monitor displays data. I've tried going into desktop settings to extend my desktop but only one monitor is present. Please help. I've spent an entire two days playing with BIOS settings, searching forums....  













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Answer:T61P - dual monitor with docking station (laptop lcd monitor) and one external monitor

This started working fine when I installed the video drivers below: Display (NVIDIA Quadro NVS 140M / Quadro FX 570M) driver for Windows Vista 64-bit - ThinkPadhttp://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/document.do?lndocid=MIGR-67939  It looks like I had installed the wrong video drivers (32-bit)  previously. Now fn+F7 works fine and I am able to extend my desktop to mulple monitors (dual-monitor). 

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I have an HP laptop and I have been running it with dual monitors. I finally decided to upgrade to Windows 7 and after I installed it I noticed that the built in monitor of my laptop looked strange and when I opened the display settings to change the screen resolution and set the external monitor as a separate monitor rather than a mirror I noticed that only one monitor was detected and it was the external one (Generic non-pnp monitor on standard VGA graphics adapter) and the built in monitor does NOT show up at all.

I've tried the detection button, in hopes that the computer would read the built in monitor and I could fix the problem. This did not help. I tried unplugging/replugging the external monitor to no avail. I tried restarting without the external monitor plugged in and it STILL reads the built in monitor as if it is the external one. Is there anyway to fix this? I have not tried re-installing the OS, not yet anyways.

Any suggestions ?
 

Answer:Monitor Issues - Laptop Reading Built In Monitor as if it were my external monitor.

Only thing I can think of is to disconnnect the external monitor, uninstall any monitors listed and then reboot and hope the computer installs the correct drivers for the laptop monitor.
 

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I have spent hours trying to work this out to no avail. I have a T60P with a  ATI Mobility FIREGL V5250 video card External screen is Viewsonic VG2230WM What i am trying to do is make the viewsonic my MAIN screen and then the laptop screen as #2 the extended screen. I currently have it working in reverse however the options in the display settings are greyed out to enable me to make the viewsonic the main screen Any help would be much appreciated, I found quite a few posts about this but no solutions. Marc

Answer:T60P external monitor problem, setup external monitor as main and laptop screen as # 2 Vista 32bit

This isnt a complete solution but it helps... you can just drag your taskbar onto the external monitor screen. 

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I am using a 22" screen for my primary screen and the laptop lid open for a secondary screen. The main screens resolution is 1680x1050, I can set it to anything I want and it's always using the full screen. The laptop screen on the other hand will only use the full screen if it's at 1400x1050 resolution (max for that screen, IBM Thinkpad T43). With the large 22" screen I have no trouble reading the screen at high resolutions, the screen is huge, with the little 14" screen though I have to strain to read the screen at 1400x1050.

The problem is when I set the laptop screen to anything lower than 1400x1050, it uses less of the screen. Preferrably I want it at 1280x1024 or 1024x768 (I dont know which I want yet as I can't see the freaking screen at that resolution). At 1280x1024 for instance the useable screen is just a box in the middle, so the "1280x1024" is still barely readable for me cause it's shrunk from full screen, plus it's just annoying only using a portion of the screen.

I have played with the ATI Control Center, the Thinkpad display settings and windows display settings and just cannot get this thing to go full screen at lower resolutions when docked and using the external monitor.

Anyway to resolve this?
 

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Hey everyone,After using a laptop exclusively for over the past decade I'm interested in having the desktop experience of having a large screen and mouse. I guess I'm a bit picky when it comes to components (like I'd spend more to have a quieter power supply, cpu fan and case) and when looking at prices I'm probably looking at about~$300 cpu~$100+ motherboard~$50-60 quiet cpu fan~$100 case~$80 power supply~$120+ RAM~$150 SSDSo approximately $900, plus the monitor, mouse, and keyboard. I thought for that price I could just buy a pretty decent laptop and plug in a monitor, keyboard and mouse for a similar experience. I'm also thinking plugging into a laptop might be quieter overall too (I haven't used a desktop in a quiet room for awhile so I'm not sure what they're capable of). The main advantage to doing this would be that I can take the laptop with me wherever I want of course. I have a chromebook atm that's fine for remote use although I'm still getting used to it not being able to do some things windows can. One advantage I see for a desktop is that if one of the parts like the on board video card (or any video card) dies, I can just replace the one part instead of junking a whole laptop (they've lasted me 2-3 years in the past). Also I bet the desktop would be fairly faster than a comparable $900 laptop. I don't game though so I don't need it for that. I do use Autocad occasionally (which has worked okay on ... Read more

Answer:Desktop or Laptop with External Monitor

For the past 7 years, my employers have only provided me with a laptop for a work computer.  Whether in the office or working from home, I always use an external monitor, mouse and keyboard.  With those items attached to my laptop (I use a dock to make things easier), it functions nearly indistinguishably from a desktop computer.  Since it's a work computer, I don't use it for gaming but I run compilers, VMs, Excel, Word, Visio, PowerPoint and all types of other software on it.  The main advantage to having just the laptop is that I can move from place to place and bring my setup with me.  In my current job, I often travel to remote client sites and work on-site but other times, I work from my home.  Portability is the main reason for this setup and it works fine.  However, if I didn't require portability, I would choose a desktop over a laptop every time.  The cost to performance ratio for a desktop is much better than a laptop.  A desktop is easier to maintain, repair and upgrade and has better storage options.  Although I own several personal laptops, I always prefer using my desktop at home.   

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I would like to use an HP ENVY All-in-One Desktop - 27- b025se touch as an external monitor for my Windows-based laptop. Is that possible?

Answer:Using AIO desktop as external monitor for a laptop

@Henrique_2, welcome to the forum. Henrique_2 wrote:I would like to use an HP ENVY All-in-One Desktop - 27- b025se touch as an external monitor for my Windows-based laptop. Is that possible?Yes, you can connect your AIO to your laptop if the laptop has a HDMI port.  There are two HDMI ports (In and Out) on the AIO.  You will use the HDMI Out.  You will have to buy a HDMI cable.  Port #2 in the diagram is the the HDMI out. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

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I managed to smash the screen of my Acer Aspire laptop and decided to remove it and connect the rest to an external monitor. Everything went fine and I have used the laptop as a desktop PC for about 3 months with no problems at all.Last week I've decided to reinstall Windows XP Home and after installation, when you have to go and answer those Microsoft boring setup questions, the monitor went into stand by.You can still hear the background sound that tells you windows was just been installed and even use the monitor by pressing F2 and entering setup, but nothing else.Can somebody please help me with this?

Answer:Connecting laptop to an external desktop monitor

Is the smashed panel viewable ? ? If so you might have to finish the installation using that and when it's done power down and then hook up the external monitor...patio.  8-)

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I have a dell laptop that has 1920x1080 resolution. However, i connect it to an external monitor that has 1920x1200 resolution. Basically almost everything i do is on my external monitor which acts as my main primary screen. Thus i do sometimes open some windows or drag a window or so to the other screen like youtube etc to the laptop screen which is the secondary monitor.


My issue at the moment is everything is way too big on the laptop screen. I want to have 1920x1080 resolution but its way too big. I googled what is my resolution on it and it shows 1536 x 864. Can someone tell me how to change this to 1920x1080? I googled what is my resolution on the external monitor and it does show 1920x1200 which is correct.


My external monitor which is my main monitor is fine at the moment with the 1920x1200. Its windows 10 but im assuming this should be very similar to windows 7 to fix this issue?

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I have a dell laptop that has 1920x1080 resolution. However, i connect it to an external monitor that has 1920x1200 resolution. Basically almost everything i do is on my external monitor which acts as my main primary screen. Thus i do sometimes open some windows or drag a window or so to the other screen like youtube etc to the laptop screen which is the secondary monitor.


My issue at the moment is everything is way too big on the laptop screen. I want to have 1920x1080 resolution but its way too big. I googled what is my resolution on it and it shows 1536 x 864. Can someone tell me how to change this to 1920x1080? I googled what is my resolution on the external monitor and it does show 1920x1200 which is correct.


My external monitor which is my main monitor is fine at the moment with the 1920x1200. Its windows 10 but im assuming this should be very similar to windows 7 to fix this issue?

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Answer:Can X250 (i5-5200u) support an external 4k monitor @60p together with the laptop monitor (1080p) ?

No one had tried 4k mon on x250?

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After the recent Windows 10 update, my wife's laptop no longer displays on the external monitor. All was well before the update.

I am comfortable that Windows sees the monitor because clicking on Display Settings shows two displays. If I unplug the HDMI cable, only one display is shown.

I have confirmed that the monitor works by trying it with another laptop. I have also changed the HDMI cable between the laptop and the external monitor.

Device manager reports that I have the latest display driver installed.

I would appreciate any and all suggestions.

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My old dell laptop L502x is a bit quirky and caused me to buy a desktop, however, i think it is still saveable. when i have it display to an external monitor via hdmi, it works 100% with no problems. however, when i use the monitor that is physically attached to the laptop, i will get a " A clock interrupt was not received on a secondary processor" BSOD. from what i've gathered over numerous crashes, i believe its a problem with the integrated graphics in the processor, since they are not used when outputting via hdmi. i could be wrong tho, any help is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Dell Laptop external monitor = OK, attached monitor = BSOD

Before posting a BSOD thread, please read the instructions here: Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

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I have a dell laptop that has 1920x1080 resolution. However, i connect it to an external monitor that has 1920x1200 resolution. Basically almost everything i do is on my external monitor which acts as my main primary screen. Thus i do sometimes open some windows or drag a window or so to the other screen like youtube etc to the laptop screen.
My issue at the moment is everything is way too big on the laptop screen. I want to have 1920x1080 resolution but its way too big. I googled what is my resolution on it and it shows 1536 x 864. Can someone tell me how to change this to 1920x1080?
My external monitor which is my main monitor is fine at the moment with the 1920x1200.

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so I have this hdmi cable that plugs into the DVI on my external monitor. I did get the screen to show up just on the external monitor and that's it.  Now, when I boot up my lap top I get black screen on both monitors.  Uh oh. I've unpugged the  monitor, batter, all that stuff. I think it's possible I clicked on don't display external monitor or something, but not it's not displaying anywhere. I have an idea pad of some sorts w/ windows 8.  I don't think it's 8.1 thanks-Hayes

Answer:I was trying to extent monitor, I get black screen on laptop and external monitor :/

so I got this resolved.  the guy at the computer store hit f10 and then enter.  he did this while the screen was blackshouldnt' it just detect that there's not an external monitor?  but even when there was a monitor connected, both screens were black. /thread

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I have a dell laptop that has 1920x1080 resolution. However, i connect it to an external monitor that has 1920x1200 resolution. Basically almost everything i do is on my external monitor which acts as my main primary screen. Thus i do sometimes open some windows or drag a window or so to the other screen like youtube etc to the laptop screen.
My issue at the moment is everything is way too big on the laptop screen. I want to have 1920x1080 resolution but its way too big. I googled what is my resolution on it and it shows 1536 x 864. Can someone tell me how to change this to 1920x1080?
My external monitor which is my main monitor is fine at the moment with the 1920x1200.

Answer:External Monitor and Laptop Monitor Screen Resolution Issue

anyone can tell me?

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Hi Today I noticed that after I had a freeze up of the Desktop on my laptop my Icons had all been rearranged. This was after trying to access an old cd of photos. So I then came to my desktop and tried the cd inthat. It again froze the pc, BUT this time my Icons were left alone.Question is how do I stop the laptop from re arranging the icons? Laptop is Xp service pack2 Home edition and the desktop is XP sp2 Pro.TIAD

Answer:Desktop Icons rearranged after freezeup. ???

Won't stop the weird problem but it will help put things back if it happens again; click here

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Hi I have lenovo ideapad y y500 with 650m sli, which originally had windows 8 but then I updated to windows 8.1 and used the fix for GPU bios provided by this forum.The issue is that both my external and laptop monitors go black when I connect external monitor to my laptop with vga cable.I have had this issue since I updated nvidia driver back in the middle of january. (befor the update it worked fine I had no issues). I only used external monitor occasionally so I decided to wait for nvidia to fix the problem (rolling back to previous nvidia driver version did not help). Well now after 3 new version the problem persists. I tried using  the hot key on my keyboard to change between 4 different monitor-laptop setups (only laptop, only monitor, resize..) and it did not help.  I tried recording my laptop screen when I pluged in the external monitor and the video is normal (it isn't black). I then opend nvidia control panel to see if it recognises external monitor and recorded the screen. My external monitor (samsung) was recognised.Click for video on youtubeIn between black flashes i pluged in/out the external monitor.Translation for "zaslon na prenosniku" : laptop's screen. So any idea how to resolve this problem ? Thanks in advance.

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Hey,

I have a Qosmio G50-10H, running windows 7 32-bit. After connecting an external monitor the internal laptop screen goes almost black. It's possible to see some elements on screen, but it's to dark grey to work on. It does not respond much to color or brightness adjustment (black to really dark grey). The main trouble is when disconnection the external monitor the internal monitor still is dark grey and still isn't responding much to adjustments. It's so dark on the brigthest adjustments that it is impossible to work on. I have downloaded latest driver for support, but still same problem.

Any suggestions?

Answer:Laptop monitor goes black after connection external vga monitor

It is somehow strange.
Can you switch between LCD and external display using FN+F5 key combination?
If you can switch to LCD only is everything OK again?

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I would like to know (if its possible) to add an External monitor along with my laptop Monitor and to be able too have Both running a different window application at the same time while using the laptop mouse/touch pad.

Answer:Adding an External monitor too work along with my laptop monitor

No.When you connect an external monitor to a laptop it disables the laptop display by default.

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Help! IE Favorites has disappeared, then after rebooting my desktop ikons became re-arranged. WHAT'S GOING ON ?

I'm running Vista64 w SP1. My desktop folders are re-located to a D drive. The OS is on the C drive. I still have all the "D:\<username>\Favorites" files that previously appeared in the IE favorites list.

Answer:Desktop Icons Rearranged; IE Favorites disappeared

Hi Bob,

Using this tutorial as a guide to help, change the Desktop and Favorites user folders back to the default location using Method One step 5. If that does not work, then you will need to do use Method Two to change their default locations in the registry.

Personal User Shell Folders - Move Location

Hope this helps you,
Shawn

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So I Just arranged my desktop icons how I wanted them, did some internet browsing, and went back to the desktop to find all the icons had been moved. Any idea what might be causing this?

Answer:Desktop icons rearranged automatically in random order

Right click the Desktop/View and uncheck Auto Arrange Icons

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I read in this forum about a similar problem some people were having on theThinkpad W500 laptop running XP where their icons got messed up when they closed the lid.  My problem is that my icons get messed up every time I turn the laptop on, and I'm running Win7.  I have no idea what setting needs to be changed to prevent this.  Does someone have the solution? 

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Hi all!

This is a silly little problem, but it does annoy me... I use XP (with SP2, but I don't think that makes any difference) and like to keep my desktop neat and tidy - but whenever my resolution changes (e.g. when using my QX3 microscope), when I come back to original resolution I find my icons rearranged.

I'd like my icons to stay still!

I have tried the following:
* rightclick on desktop, Arrange Icons By..., checking "Lock Web Items"
* Control Panel, Display, Desktop tab, Customize, Web tab, checking "Lock desktop items"

No combination of these seems to work... out of curiosity I checked whether "Align to Grid" makes any odds, but it doesn't.

If anybody could suggest a way to stop the icons moving about that would be excellent. Alternatively, if there is any way of saving the positions of my icons and then restoring them after any rearrangement, that would be the next best thing! Any advice will be appreciated!

Thank you very much,
Mike
 

Answer:Solved: Desktop icons rearranged after resolution change (XP)

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I am using a Toshiba laptop A105-S4104 and a desktop computer both using XP Professional with both on the same two computer network. I have identical programs on both. I would like to get the two screens together on the desktop in order that I might drag and drop data. I do not wish to replace the entire files on either computer but to combine the two as I like. I have seen this done by making the desktop monitor into a half screen then bringing the laptop screen to the other half of the desktop. Can you explain how this is done? Many thanks.
 

Answer:Combing Laptop and Desktop monitor screens on desktop monitor

Hey There! Welcome to the forum!

I believe you possible mean remote desktop (Microsoft Terminal Services Client) however i dont think you can drag files between windows.

The best way of doing it with both pcs on the network would be to open my documents and type in the address bar "\\OTHER-COMPUTER-NAME\C$" that will give you access to the c drive on the other pc depending on Firewall settings.

To find your PC name right click on my computer and click properties. Then click the computer name tab. Your computer name will be shown next to 'Full Computer Name:'

Josh
 

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I have an new R series laptop and the monitor was recently craked.  Is it possible to set up and run an external monitor if I'm having difficulty seeing anything on the broken screen?  

Answer:Broken Laptop Monitor, Can I use an external Monitor?

Yes I think your VGA port is on the side just connect the monitor and press FN  and F7 keys together this should switch the video over to the monitor

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The laptop our family shares recently had its monitor broken. It displays half of the screen, but will not stop shaking. I have it hooked up to an external monitor, but I am unable to use it to display the laptop screen without changing the display settings via the laptop. Is there some command I can use to set the external monitor to display the laptop screen? Or do I need to replace the laptop screen?
 

Answer:using an external monitor as a primary monitor for a laptop

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Hi All,
I have an external Envision flatscreen monitor that I have been using attached to my laptop for around a year. I have the monitor displaying on both laptop and the external Monitor. Just recently I had a pc issue which I have rectified and my external monitor since rectifying that issue now displays fuzzy. What can I troubleshoot to find out my issue. I've reviewed the Graphics and Display Properties. It is currently sitting at 1024 by 768, Color: True Color and Refresh 60HZ. The odd thing is that when I am in Display Properties, Settings tab, the left monitor in top is black (this should be my laptop) and the right monitor in the pic, which should be my external monitor is gr3y. When I have pressed on the black monitor, and press Identify it indicates 1. When I press on the grey monitor and press identify, it says it is not active, although I do have an image on my external monitor (fuzzy image). When I click the arrow on 'Extend my Windows Desktop this monitor' the right monitor then is black and when I press on it and press 'Identify' it says it is 1 as well. Is this correct. I know this has nothing to do with the fuzziness but still thought I might see if this is an issue or not.
When I right click on my desktop and go into Graphics Properties - I just get confused as to what this is all about. When I go into Display Tab the Monitor is checked, I can check on any of the others i.e. Notebook, Intel Dual display clone or Extended Desktop. Re... Read more

Answer:Fuzzy External Monitor - Laptop Monitor ok

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I am one of the few people to still have one of those bulky monitors of yesteryear. I've got an broken laptop and the screen looks to be in good shape. I don't know how to go about making it work a desktop monitor or it it would even work but I'll tell you all I can ahead of time. It's a 15.4" screen from a Compaq Presario X1000. The frame to it is gone so all I have is a screen connected to the rest of it hanging by some wires. The wires it's hanging by are a flat collection of wires that seem to be laminated together or something. There are 14 wires laminated in total. There is a bare copper wire followed by three wires that are metallic red, followed by 9 metallic blure, followed by another bare copper. The red and blue seem to be painted or something as opposed to the insulation I'm used to as a residential electrician in training. When the lamination ends it is wrapped in gray nylon. This goes into the laptops screen hinge. There is more wire coming out from the gray part, wrapped in black nylon with a white plug type thing at the end. This is plugged into something labeled SPS-Inverter, It's a green board with some stuff on it. On the other end of the inverter there is white plug recepticle with a white wire and a pink wire plugged in it. This is my first real computer DIY aside from swapping out a power supply and adding ram, keep that in mind.
 

Answer:Taking a laptop monitor and making it a desktop monitor

My advice is for forget it. The interface is totally different between that panel and a typical PC display. Bite the bullet and buy a new monitor.
 

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Hello everyone,I've got a laptop monitor that I salvaged from an older laptop. See, here:http://img153.imageshack.us/i/photoyo.jpg/It has these connections on the back of the panel, which are standard laptop connections I'd assume. See, here:http://img132.imageshack.us/i/photo2cr.jpg/What would I need to do in order to connect this to a standard VGA or DVI port, assuming it is possible?Thanks.

Answer:Convert: Laptop monitor to standard desktop monitor

I'd stroll into Radio Shack and/or a local PC repair shop to see if this is doable...I'm sure it is.

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Hello,

This is my first topic, so forgive me if i'm not exactly following the rules.
I have the exact same problem as discribed in this topic: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic461937.html

After a trojan (which is removed using Tdsskiller, gmer, Malwarebytes, Combofix & Kaspersky Internet Security 2012) i still have some problems:
- My desktop icons are rearranged after every restart.
- My computer loses the connection with the internet after several hours.

Can someone please help me?

Answer:Desktop icons rearranged after restart & internet connection stops after several hours

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Hi folks. New here.  Sorry if this has  been asked/answered, but I searched and didn't find it. My company got me this great new W500 laptop.  Came with minidock and external monitor. I have the monitor plugged into the minidock, and have it to the right of the laptop. Laptop is monitor #2, and external LCD display is #2.  works great.  UNTIL.... If I lock the console, and fold the laptop monitor closed (to have it power off - i.e. at lunch break, etc...) When I come back, the external monitor is now monitor #1 (has the windows task bar, Start menu, etc...) and it thinks the laptop monitor is monitor #2.  I can't figure out how to switch them back without rebooting.  It's very frustrating, b/c the 'sides' are swapped too.  Meaning the external LCD display which is physically to the right, is "on the left" as far as Windows is concerned, so if I drag the mouse off-screen to the right of the external display, it arrives on the left side of the laptop (which is physically to the left). Is there a simple solution to this?  I can't live with having to reboot every time I lock my monitor. I'm using Windows XP if that makes a difference.

Answer:Dual Monitor issue. Lock console & external monitor becomes monitor #1

more information... It's the 'advanced minidock' with keys. The monitor is connected via the DVI port, not the plain old VGA port.

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Here's my problem. I would like to connect my Xbox 360 to my laptop so I can play even though I have no television. I am ready to buy some connectors or other stuff to help me achieve that. I have a ThinkPad T500 type 2055-RH2. If you need any other information, feel free to ask. Thank you in advance for your help,emerald000

Answer:Laptop monitor as an external monitor for something else?

Anyone wants to help me?

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Hi, I have an old laptop that I have installed Puppy Linux on, it works fine except that my monitor doesn't work. So I plug in an external one, but its a bad setup because the laptop needs to be open. I was wondering if I could take the monitor off the laptop. Would the computer still work? The model is an old Toshiba 1100.
Thanks
Ned
 

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Is there a way to get new desktop shortcuts to go to your secondary monitor automatically? I'm going to assume this would happen if I were to make my second monitor the primary display, but I don't want to do that.
 

Answer:Force desktop icons to second monitor?

You'll need a third party app for that. Windows won't let you do it. I'd try IconRestorer.
 

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When I returned to computer I found the monitor display of the desktop faded and all the icons darkened as if all had been clicked simultaneously. When I went into a Word page I found the lines of writing have a shaded horizontal line through the letters as is happening in the message box I'm typing right now. I've tried brightness, contrast, system restore to no avail. Any suggestions please?

Answer:Samtron CRT Monitor - Desktop Icons shaded

Have you tried increasing your re-fresh rate, for your monitor....TT

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Hi. I know this is common issue and it's not even considered as "bug", because someone who has no brain thinks it's a good feature. So the problem, is that I have 2 monitors.
Asus 4k (3840x2160) connected over DisplayPort and Asus 1080p monitor over DVI, whenever I turn my primary 4k monitor OFF, then windows thinks that I have disconnected the monitor and pushes all icons from 4k monitor onto 1080p, which as you can imagine, ends up in total mess. I have about 30-40 things on desktop and i use them daily, so please do not tell me to "manage my desktop" like I was recommended to do in some other places.

I have googled like crazy, but I haven't found a proper solution. Most of those topics are about AMD, but I have nVidia graphics card.

Somewhere I saw that blocking off Pin 18 on displayport cable will help, but for me it did not help. I managed to tape off the pin 18, instead it stopped auto detecting the resolution of the monitor, it went into 1080p when i plugged it back in, but it did not solve the issue, as soon as i turned the monitor off, it squashed all icons onto other monitor again.

I've seen people use some cable extenders that kill this feature, but I'm not interested in buying a gadget, I do lot of hardware testing and often i need to test a different monitor, yanking that gadget left and right, would just be too annoying. Also my 4k monitor only supports 60fps on 4k when connected over DisplayPort, so using HDMI is out of the question.

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Answer:Turning off monitor messes up my desktop icons

Yes if you are using it between two different external monitors your settings will change. There are programs out there, along with what the GPU mfg offers to allow you to set up different profiles.

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My computer will not load my desktop icons. I have to push the Source button, then the icons load. What do I do to get them to load again correctly?

Answer:Monitor will not show or load desktop icons

Which "source" button are you referring to?If it's a TV & monitor combined, with a remote control, make sure the "source" is always set to "PC" and not TV.

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When my laptop is plugged into an external monitor, the laptop screen is the "primary" display, where programs automatically open, etc. Is there a way to make the primary display not the laptop screen but the external monitor screen? Here's the catch--is there a way to do it *without looking at the primary monitor*?

I have this strange request because my laptop's screen recently died. I have connected an external monitor, and so can still use the computer--more or less. The problem is that I can't see my start menu, etc--they are all on the laptop screen, ie, the dead one.

I know, normally, how to switch the display: I would right click on the desktop and select "personalize," then "display" But when I do this, it opens the display in the primary monitor (the broken laptop monitor) and I can't see it to change the settings. It's a sad catch 22.

If anyone could help me with this is would REALLY appreciate it. Thank you.
 

Answer:Switch Primary Monitor from Laptop to External-Without Looking at the Primary Monitor

Hi nomonitor, and welcome to TSG

Check your user manual for the laptop to see if has has a special key or a Function key that lets you toggle between the internal display and external monitor.
 

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To paint a picture of my setup...

[Monitor 1 (extended) - Left] [Monitor 2 (Primary) - Middle] [Monitor 3 (extended) - Right]

Monitor 1 is an extended desktop of Monitor 2 through a VGA cable.
Monitor 3 is an extended desktop of Monitor 2 through MaxiVista (over ethernet)

When I reboot, all my desktop icons which normally reside on the primary monitor 2 are shifted over to the left monitor.

Monitor 2 is setup as the primary so I am not sure why Windows keeps moving them over to the extended session.

I can't seem to find a related issue so maybe I'm using the wrong search terms.
Thanks.

Answer:Desktop Icons move to wrong monitor after reboot

I seem to remember that the order in which the monitors show up under the Display Properties -> Settings tab can cause stuff like that. Try dragging Monitor 2 to the left. Then, Monitor 1 mid and Monitor 3 right. This will not affect which monitor is primary. Once you make those changes and click OK, see if you can move the mouse between the monitors the way it should (i.e. moving the mouse off screen to the left from Monitor 2 should go to Monitor 1 and moving the mouse off screen to the right from Monitor 2 should go to Monitor 3). If that works properly, reboot and post the results.

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OK guys and gals, here are all the clues I have. I sure hope there is a sloution.

My laptop died so a friend gave me hers which does not have a working display, but is able to power an external display just fine. Seems I made a wrong choice about some settings.

It's a Toshiba Satellite A25-S2792 running XP (not sure if it's home or pro) on a home network.

I was attempting to tweak the display. I right clicked the Desktop for Properties, then the Settings tab. I was messing with the screen resolution which yeilded me a black screen, but the setting reverted back to 'normal' and I was still OK.

I believe I clicked the Advanced button and I think I remember something about checking a box that referred to enabling a second monitor. I can now no longer see anything. I'm thinking that the primary monitor is the laptop's dead display (off to the left), and the external monitor is now the second display (to the right; the only one that I can view).

I tried right-clicking the (2nd?) display which I am looking at, selected properties, and "fished" for the possible display properties box within an imaginary screen to the left of the one I'm looking at. On one fishing expidition, I retrieved a desktop icon (and dragged it back off-screen to the left and dropped it there).

Tried a hard restart, but now I get the Windows startup screen on the external display (with the rolling activity bar) but after Windows loads, I get som... Read more

Answer:Can not view desktop on external monitor

addendum

Yay! Safe Mode gets me the desktop. Better: tapping F8 and selecting VGA Mode also is allowing me to be here now, on the Toshiba, viewing the external/second display.

I am happier yet still limping along. When I restart normally, all I get is a black screen upon which I can drag the cursor to.

In Properties, On the display tab, I remember originally seeing an image of two monitors. I had clicked on the second one and was making my big mistakes there.

Somewhere along this path, I also remember seeing quite a few more additional tabs in the properties box. If I click properties now from the desktop) I only have the standard single row of 5 tabs. I think the additional tabs go with whatever is inside this machine (i.e. are proprietary)

There must be a way to get back. There are no system restore points to try.

TIA

drcarl

PS. If and when I get things back to semi-untweaked-normal, I'll be eager to discover how to determine what the video card is capable of, what the display is capable of, and tweaking things to their best possible combination. SO many steps....
 

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Hi there, im trying to fiure out how i can connext my external monitor to my desktop. i have a double sided HDMI cable which i'm using to connect the both, but my monitor give a black screen. If i try to connect me laptop with the external monitor with the SAME cable, there is nothing wrong. but when i try to connect back the monitor with the dekstop it shows nothing. I have no idea what causes the problem. can it be the wrong cable? or is there something wrong with my settings?

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I have no idea WHY this problem happened, but here's WHAT happened:

1. I wanted to free some space on m C: hard drive, so I right clicked the drive, clicked "properties". In one of the tabs, I checked the box which said "compress drive to save space", and clicked "apply". After more than an hour waiting for the compression to finish, it finished, and I clicked OK to close the "properties" window.

2. I restarted my computer to make sure any changes were fully applied. But when I got to the desktop, all the colors were mixed up, and the icons and fonts looked strange, although I could still find my way around. A window popped up asking if I wanted to automatically find the right colors, and I clicked yes.

3. After waiting a few minutes, nothing changed, so I went to settings>control panel>display>settings and tried to change the colors. I don't remember what I did there, but I saved the changes and restarted the computer.

4. When I got to the desktop again, I found all my desktop icons missing. There wasn't even a start button or icon tray at the bottom of the screen. The only way I could restart the computer was by pulling the power cable.

5. After restarting the computer like that twice, I tried moving the monitor cable to a different port in the back of the computer. When I got to the desktop after that, the colors were still mostly messed up, and the desktop icons were still missing, but the start button... Read more

Answer:Newbie question: monitor colors and missing desktop icons

try rightclick your desktop, click on properties, click on settings, try changing your resolution by moving the arrow to the right. Also try changing the number of colors to 32.

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I have two issues. My monitor screen has a blue cast to the screen instead of the normal true color apperance and my desktop icons keep moving to the left side of the screen. It is so annoying! How can I fix these issues. Any help would be appreciated.

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Hi! I have Y550P, Win7, CPU intel i5 M430, Nvidia GeForce GT240M (latest drivers 2010-10-16) and a problem with blured desktop om my external monitor (Samsung SyncMaster T220HD). Left and right side of my desktop are clean, but center area is blured.I set 1680x1050 resolution (nominal) on my monitor. What can I do, to have clear desktop?

Answer:Y550P Blured desktop on External monitor

using vga output? try to use hdmi.
or in catalyst, under "monitor properties" - "adjustments" , check "composite sync"

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Hi all,
Problem:
Desktop Icons move back to the left (default) side of the screen after customizing. this happens when the the computer is put into sleep mode and is woken up or when the monitor is turned off and turned back on. I upgraded to windows 10 Pro 64bit from windows 7 ultimate 64bit. This problem never happened with windows 7.
-Automatic Sleep mode is turned off - when I manually put computer to sleep mode and wake it up the icons are rearranged

-Automatic turn off monitor has been deactivated - when shut off my monitor but keep my computer on and then turn back on the monitor the icons have rearranged

-I have small icons setting

-Auto align icons has been deactivated

-allow themes to change icons has also been deactivated
My Computer:
LG 34UM65 - 21x9 - 2560x1080p resolution
AMD 9590
Asus Crosshair V Formula Z
Gigabyte HD7970ghz
Corsair Platinum Ram
WD HDD
Samsung 850Pro - Windows 10 is installed on the SSD
My Drivers are all up to date. and Motherboard Bios has just been updated to 2201
If anyone is reading this please help
regards,

Answer:Desktop Icons Moving After Computer Wakes or Monitor is Turned Back on

I started seeing this occasionally too. Not sure of a solution.

I tried the right click on the desktop, view, and unchecked Align Icons to Grid. So far, after a sleep and a restart, icons remain where I left them.

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Hi there,

I'm running Windows 10 Pro on my home desktop. I've got 3 monitors setup, two normal, and one TV via a USB video card with HDMI output.

My monitors are laid out as |3| |1| |2| with 1 being the primary 21 inch, 2 being a second 21 inch, and 3 being the TV.
Since 1 is set as the primary, I have the system tray on that monitor, in keeping with normal Windows conventions, I like to have all my icons on my primary monitor. For some reason, seemingly at random, Windows will move all my desktop icons to one of the other monitors, it seems to choose the destination at random.

I can manually pull the icons back to my primary, but it's a little frustrating. Also, I've had a couple instances where the taskbar on my primary monitor only shows the outline of the taskbar without any buttons, systray, or icons. The only way I can fix this is to either restart Windows Explorer or reboot the computer.

Does anyone have any ideas for these issues?
Thanks!
Brian

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Hi there
I've got a laptop computer that ONLY has HDMI output -- no PC / VGA.

I've connected a LCD TV to it (HDMI).

The desktop image is slightly larger than the Monitor making navigation very cumbersome

doesn't seem to matter which resolution I choose.

Graphics is Intel HD graphics

Any solutions peeps. !!! I've tried all the output to panel options etc.

Cheers
jimbo

Answer:Windows 8 desktop larger than screen on external monitor -

Does the TV/Monitor have any resize options in its menu? I can remember having to do this on one of my old CRT monitors to get things all squared up and on screen.

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Hi, when I connect an external monitor (1920*1080, 16:9) to my W520 via VGA (using extended desktop), the NVIDIA control panel reports a "native" resolution of only 1440*900 for that monitor (which is by the way also the wrong aspect ratio). When I manually change the resolution to 1920*1080, the outputs looks jolted, i.e., the picture is squeezed vertically. Besides, the picture is cropped on the left and right hand side. How do I fix this? I'm using driver version 8.17.12.7658 for the NVIDIA Quadro 2000M and version 8.15.10.2538 for the Intel graphics (the latest versions from the Lenovo download page). By the way: Using the VGA output of my old R61i, everything is fine, so it's probably not the monitor's fault.  Regards,Sven

Answer:[W520] Problem with external monitor (VGA, extended desktop)

Hi
Welcome to Lenovo Community
 
Please try updating the Nvdia drivers
 
http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us
 
Hope This HelpsCheers!!!

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Hi,
I've got a Satellite Pro S300 and it won't extend the desk top to an external monitor / projector, but it will clone the desktop??

so far I've tried:
2 monitors and 1 projector all do the same, will clone but not extend.
Reinstalling the latest display drivers from the Toshiba site.
Reinstalling the latest change drivers from the Toshiba site.

But nothing has worked, I've even checked my colleagues S300 to make sure I'm using the same settings and theirs (2 other s300's) both extend and clone the desktop.

Has anyone seen this before and how did you rectify the problem?

Paul

Answer:Satellite Pro S300 - Can't extend the desktop to an external monitor

Have you removed the old driver first before you installed the new driver? If not try to reinstall the driver again. Therefore remove the old driver, restart the notebook, use CCleaner to clean the registry and install the new version that you can find on the Toshiba website.

Furthermore I would try updating the BIOS. You can find it on the Toshiba website too.

I hope it works for you.

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I'm using a T430s and a mini dock plus series 3. This is the dock with the dual DVI, dual DisplayPort, 1x VGA. I do not use the laptop's built-in screen; just the 2 external monitors. Intel HD4000 graphic chip and Nvidia Optimus/ I previously had 2 20" monitors with a 1680x1050 resolution using DVI-to-DVI. They both worked fine. I upgraded to 2 24" monitors with a 1920x1200 resolution. The laptop is not recognizing the second monitor. I have tried:dual display port (dock side) to mini display port (monitor side): only 1 monitor recognizeddual dvi (dock side) to HDMI (monitor side): only 1 monitor recognizedI ruled out monitor and cable problems by swapping...each by itself works fine. Looking up specs, I believe this resolution should be supported by DP or DVI. Can anybody confirm that this is a supported config? Any ideas what is wrong? UPDATE - I did try 1 DP/mDP and 1 DVI/HDMI: this does work. However, its not an ideal solution because it would interfere with the monitors ports which I want to use for a second PC. UPDATE 2 - OK, now I am beyond aggrivated. I also have a support ticket w/ Lenovo where they suggested switching to Integrated Graphics only in the BIOS. I tried that, no luck. After changing that setting back, i tried to get my 1 DP / 1 DVI working, but now it would not recognize dual monitors. ??? After some testing, I'm finding that the -only- setup that works is the following: Dock DVI port 1 to Moni... Read more

Answer:Second monitor not detected: T430s with Mini Dock Plus Series 3 dual external monitor

Fixed; was a driver issue. Problem seems exclusive to a Dell u2415 on DP port 1 only of the dock or to the laptop's DP port (at least for the couple monitors I tried). It's possible it could affect other monitors. My starting point: 9.18.13.4535 / 9.17.10.2843 (Nvidia /  Intel) The latest driver from Lenovo is 9.18.13.4535 / 8.15.10.2725. I'm not sure how i have a slightly newer Intel, but that's what it was. I couldn't install the Lenovo driver. I also couldn't install a newer driver from Intel (10.18.10.4276). In both cases Windows or the Intel installer stopped me saying the mfr provided the drivers and that the installed version was up to date. I worked around by first rolling back the Intel driver. The manual (.zip) install of the latest intel driver worked. This immediately fixed the Dell u2415 on DP port 1 and laptop's built-in DP port.

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Hello, I am considering to buy an external 4K monitor or a LG 38" ultrawide monitor. I am currently running Windows 7 Professional but I could upgrade to Windows Creator Updates if I want to. I heard many complains about scaling issues with 4K displays. I suppose this happens when users are trying to increase the font size so that they could read the very tiny letters clearly. Am I correct? If I use a larger external 4K monitor, say at 40"-49" or a 38" LG ultrawide monitor at 3840x1600 resolutions, I should be able to see the letters without increasing the font size manually. In this case, will I still have scaling issues? I plan to use the monitor for CAD (SolidWorks), programming, Matlab/Simulink, data science, medical imaging, etc. Thank you.

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I'm trying to use an older flat screen monitor as an extended monitor on my Yoga 900 series laptop.  I have a VGA to USB connector.  The reason I"m trying to do this is that I cannot use Windows 10 terminal server to remote to my clients server because the resolution is so high everything is tiny.  (I have played with the resolution on my laptop; also the scaling, but when I finally get to a full screen resolution I can see, the cursor disappears in the apps I'm using). I can get the external monitor to work in extended mode just fine and the result on the old monitor is exactly what I want.  But when I'm in remote desktop, running Microsoft Access, the screen flickers and after just a few mminutes, blacks out.  I can revive it, but this is not a workable solution. I have a couple of other flat screens monitors I could try - but they are also older.  I'm willing to try them, but don't want to spend the time if someone else has a better idea. Do I need a more up to date monitor or should I suspect the converter cable.....OR is there another solution out there for my 'older' eyes?

Answer:using older Sony flat screen monitor as external monitor on Yoga 900

Hello,  The solution is to increase the resolution in the Display tab of your Remote desktop application:http://i.stack.imgur.com/MmSkB.jpgYou can even still use your two monitors if you want, by clicking "Use all my monitors for the remote session". About the strange Access problem, I would update the BIOS and the display driver of the Yoga, if it hasn't been done  already:http://support.lenovo.com/fr/fr/products/Laptops-and-netbooks/Yoga-Series/yoga-900-13isk/downloads/D...http://support.lenovo.com/fr/fr/products/Laptops-and-netbooks/Yoga-Series/yoga-900-13isk/downloads/D...

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To anyone, I have a new Thinkpad Pro Dock and a T440S. Connected an external Viewsonic monitor with a DVI cable to to dockstation. When I close the lid to the laptop the external monitor would only give me the resolution 640x480, on the forum I found that there was a firmware. I upgraded the firmware. Shutdown the laptop unplug the AC adapter and plugged everything back in. Now when I boot up the external monitor says out of range and black and the laptop screen is black and can't see anything.  If I unplug the laptop from the dock the laptop monitor screen comes back. How do I fix this problem. I only have a DVI cable. I have Windows 7 64bit Pro. The firmware was gid638ww.exe













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Answer:Thinkpad Pro Docking station connected to external monitor out of Range on monitor

Hi Ipodtrip,
 
Welcome to Lenovo Community!
 
Check uninstalling the graphic driver from the system, and use thinkvantage system update utility to update the drivers. Because this utility will search for exact drivers for your system.
 
Hope this helps.
 
Best regards,
Hemanth Kumar





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The LCD monitor turns off after a few seconds, with the message, "Monitor is turning off."  Pressing and holding Fn-F3 for a few seconds and releasing them sometimes makes it turn on again, but then it turns off again after a few more seconds.  As a test, I plugged in an external monitor and hit Fn-F7 to make both monitors come on.  The external monitor stays on, but the LCD turns off as before.Power settings are set for "never" on all functions, hiberbation is disabled.Does anyone have any ideas why this is happening?

Answer:A21p ThinkPad - LCD monitor turns off after few secs, external monitor doesn't

Welcome to the forum! I suspect a motherboard problem here. The output to the LCD is digital, where VGA one is analog. I've seen machines with bad motherboards that were still able to project to an external monitor.Run a PC-Doctor on all components of the system, and see what results you get... Good luck and let us know.

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Hi, I have two major issues. I'm connected to an external monitor using a display port to hdmi converter, and an hdmi to dvi cable.When I am on "Energy Saving" (switchable graphics) mode, the external nomitor blinks every 5-10 seconds, but it is perfectly fine when I am under "High Performance" (switchable graphics) mode, so I'm not sure that it's the cables/adapters/monitor that I am using. The second is I cannot change my brightness using fn+home/end when I go through this process: In "Maximum Performance" (power plan) mode (while plugged into ac)unplug acGo into "Maximum Battery Life" (power plan) modeplug in acplug in external display to displayportGo into "High Performance" (switchable graphics) modeuntil I change back into "Maximum Performance"(power plan) mode then back into "Maximum Battery Life" (power plan)mode then back into "High Performance" (switchable graphics) mode. This is a bit annoying, but at least I found the steps to temporarially work around the problem ... edit: Okay it happend to me again, but i can't fix it (haven't tried a reset though, but i don't want to bc I just started the computer and that's ridiculus).Also, I can change the brightness fine when the computer is in Energy Saving" (switchable graphics), but I get the blinking problem, which is why I mentioned it earlier.

Answer:T410s Display Issues: Cannor Dim monitor using function keys & occasional external monitor blink

bump?

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Hello,I need an advice.
Dell Vostro 1510 (version nVidia) does not function LCD - very little light.External monitor works OK.LCD - brightness up and down works. Closing cover notebook to sleep - works OK.
Test another inverter and LCD.It's the same :(
Please, give me an advice.Thank You.

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I have a very strange problem.
My borther was on his user area earlier on, and I managed to get the secondary monitor to be the primary monitor and disable the laptop's monitor in return, however, when it comes to me, it won't happen...

Any help would be much appreiciated.

Answer:Satellite M50-130: No display after switching the external monitor to primary monitor

Hi

Could you please be clearer? Is it possible to see something on the external monitor?
Do you see anything? What happens if you use the display device switch function FN+F5?

I don?t know how you have managed to set the external display as a primary display because on my notebook this option is grayed out.
However, you should see the notebook display if you will boot the notebook in the ?safe mode?. Please check it!

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PROBLEM:
I try to configure the second monitor, so I can extend my XP desktop to the second monitor (TV). But, it doesn't work.

CONFIGURATION:
- MacBook (new as of August 2008)
- I connect external TV using DVI-to-Video (RCA) adapter from MacBook
- TV is on line input. I boot native Windows XP using Boot Camp Assistant.
- My graphic display chipset is: Mobile Intel 965 Express Chipset Family
- I have the latest driver (14.34.4.4964) from 6/27/2008

DESCRIPTION:
During XP boot, the "Windows XP starting up" screen flickers on the TV, and does not display at all on the MacBook screen. Then, the XP login screen appears on the MacBook screen, and the TV goes blank/dark. This is odd, but somewhat acceptable as I haven't configured the second monitor yet.

In Display Properties, I select the 2nd monitor and "Extend desktop". I hit Apply or OK, but both result in the same - the 2nd monitor doesn't "stick". I immediately launch Display Properties again, and it always resets back to the 1st monitor.

I click Advanced, and go to Graphic Properties for the Intel chip. It, too, doesn't recognize the 2nd monitor.

I updated the Intel driver to its latest (14.34.4.4964, 6/27/2008). The Release Notes for this driver seem to acknowledge this Known Issue:

http://downloadmirror.intel.com/1646..._winxp_gfx.htm

Intel? Graphics Media Accelerator Driver
Production Version 14.34.4.4964
Mobile Intel(R) GME965 Express Chipse... Read more

Answer:Mobile Intel 965 (Ref #2554444) - Can't extend XP desktop to external monitor (TV)

This is a tuffy! The messed up thing is that everything else works but what you want to work. Does Mirroring work?

I know it's not for your graphic card but maybe you can use this as a guide???

Look at there links:
http://www.embraced-dc.com/articles/1/
http://forums.macnn.com/104/alternat...ows-boot-camp/

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i am temporarily using my daughter's old laptop. the screen isnt working so i have plugged an old monitor into it. unfortunately i cant get the settings changed for this monitor such as pixel size. any ideas on how i can ?
 

Answer:laptop with external monitor

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okay i have just bought a 42 inch toshiba hd ready tv and i want to connect my laptop to it via vga. however when i do this the tv doesnt display on the whole screen (just a square part of it). i have tried to change the res settings on the laptop but the tv just says settings out of range or something. please help
thanks
smithy

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Hi

In general I use my laptop in one place, so I use external keyboard and monitor. Most of my stuff I do only on external monitor, but when i work (code and stuff) I like using both monitors (external as main + laptop monitor as secondary).

The problem is with switching between views. All I do is open laptop if I wanna use both monitors and close it if I don't need external. I have two problems:
1. After doing this operation (either open or close) windows will freeze for like almost 2 seconds before "adding" extra monitor - which is really annoying

2. I use my external monitor as default ALWAYS. But during this 'switching time' all applications which are set up to 'full screen' are changed to be 'still fullscreen' but smaller, like maybe 1-2 pixels smaller, and this is really annoying. To make it 'real fullscreen' again i have to switch it to smaller window - and maximalize again.
I hope You understand what I'm saying.
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I really have problem with fixing at least second problem. I would be happy with the way it was in windows XP - so "laptop-monitor" is always reachable for applications - even when it's not active.

I have windows 7 x64
Nvidia optimus with Nvidia gt540m and intel card graphic

setting default GPU to Nvidia or intel doesn't affect the problem

Answer:Laptop + external monitor

You probably have different resolutions between the two monitors, so a maximized window on one, won't be the same size on the other. You may not have this issue if the screens are set at the same resolution. I recall having consistent results back when I had a laptop + external monitor which both had the same (1440x900) native resolution.

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Trying to use my laptop with an external HP monitor; I have them connected; using FN & F4 keys I can toggle between displays (monitors) or both.  However, when only external monitor is on (which I want), & I close the laptop lid (as the HP monitor is designed to slide the laptop under it), the laptop shuts off & the external monitor goes dark. How do I keep the laptop on when the lid/screen is closed?  (HP Tech Support wants $49 to tell me.) Thanks.

Answer:External Monitor with laptop

Hi, Right click the Battery icon in the Taskbar and select Power Options. In the following window, select 'Choose what closing the lid does' in the left hand pane. In the subsequent window, next to the heading 'When I close the lid' set this to 'Do nothing' in the dropdown menu for both 'On battery' and 'Plugged in'. Click the Save Changes button at the bottom of the window to apply this change. Regards, DP-K  

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I want to add a larger LCD monitor to my laptop. Looking in Display Settings the max resolution of the integrated SIS graphics card is 2048*1536 which is better than the 1920*1440 of the screen I'd like to buy. However the SIS card share 128MB of RAM (out of a system total od 1024MB). Would this be enough for use with XP? I don't run games or other very high graphics demand devices.

Answer:External monitor for a laptop

Fine...it would struggle in games, but as you say...you don't play them.

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But have no idea how to do it. Does anyone know how I might do this? I'd ideally like to rig it up to an HDMI adapter, but VGA would be fine as well.

Answer:Want to rig up an old laptop lid as an external monitor.

Kbronski, Sorry to tell you this but the screen on a laptop is not the same as a external monitor.. It requires the electronics from the laptop to drive it. So the answer is no.

Rich

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Hello,

A recent tragedy has left the display on my laptop inop. only approximately 1/10th of the display in the top left corner remains. I have an old Dell flat panel monitor that I wanted to hook up to have at least some functionality while I pursued a new computer or a replacement monitor. (feel free to comment on this as well).

When I hooked up the monitor, it worked as I had hoped. I saw my entire desktop on the external monitor. The only issue was the resolution was different making everything appear too large for the screen. I adjusted the resolution, and next thing I know, the only option is to "stretch monitor across both screens". This leaves the toolbar and all icons on the screen that does not work. All I have been able to do is to drag the toolbar to the external monitor and just restore/move any windows that open to that monitor. This is very cumbersome and too much for my wife to deal with.

I have a feeling that adjusting the resolution is what started my trouble. Please remember when giving advice that my primary monitor has only about 10% usable space, this makes accessing many tools difficult.

Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions,

Scott

My computer is a Dell Inspiron 1505 running xp media center. The video card is a radeon 256 and I think it is integrated, but I don't know the complete specs. Can get them from Dell if needed.
 

Answer:External monitor for laptop

If you use the ATI Catalyst Control you should be able to close the display to the external monitor.

Or Press FN and one of the F# keys on the keyboard and it should also enable the secondary monitor as an identical clone to the LCD panel.
 

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Hi all I just have one quick question about the topic from the title. The question is kind of complicated to explain, but the answer, I hope, should be pretty simple. So I am using my laptop and I have connected a full HDTV monitor (it's a monitor/tv) to it via HDMI cable. I have figured out the way how to get the desktop to show only on my monitor and the resolution is set to 1920x1080. Now I saw the resolution change from my laptop's 1366x768 to full HD and it looks like 1920x1080 should but colors and some icons and fonts are kind of blurry. I really can't describe it any better and I think it has to do with my monitor. So I guess what I'm asking is this- is this now the real 1920x1080 resolution as if I was using this monitor as a main one with a deskot PC or does the fact that the monitor is connected to my laptop still influence the quality somehow? I know it's a messy question but I hope someone will have an answer.

Answer:Using external monitor with laptop

If I understand your question right, I believe I have a simple answer. I had a similar problem when I upgraded from a 19'' to a 23'' lcd, and I could see everything, but certain letters in the fonts were offset and certain icons were out of alignment. Long story short, I switched the display settings from something like 1920x1120 to 1920x1080 (I don't know if this is the exact size I used, but it was something similar in nature, I had two options, very close in numbers, and I just had to switch my choice). - Rube

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My daughter has an Acer 6935G laptop. The screen has stopped working, so I have purchased an Acer external monitor for now. How do I switch off the internal screen? It seems to flicker between the two screens and requires a change of resolution on every startup. I know you can use Function F5 or F6 to do this but it does not seem to work. She is on Vista. Thanks.

Answer:Using laptop with external monitor

This may help click here.Or this click here.

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I just bought a laptop with a shattered screen. It's an HP Pavilion dv2315nr. Nothing custom or altered. It works fine, but with the screen broken, and me unable to afford a replacement yet, it's basically just a desktop for now.

My problem is that I've been trying to use it with an LCD monitor. I hook it up, but the picture doesn't automatically transfer to the LCD like older laptops did. HP designed it so that you have to press the FN+F4 keys to switch to an external dispay. No matter how many times I try, it won't switch to the LCD. I've tried it at various points during the startup, and varied the ways I press the key combo. It did switch a couple times the first day I had it, but Windows Vista has a password on it so I couldn't go farther. When I restarted to try and do a system restore, it switched back to the laptop's display.

I need this thing to immediately switch to the LCD when it turns on so I can do a system restore and use it until I get a replacement screen. To do a system restore, I have to press F11 immediately while starting up. I've done that, waited a few minutes, and tried to switch to the LCD. It won't do it. And I can't think of anything else to try.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I have an Inspiron 8200 Dell Laptop and want to hook up an external monitor that I have. I plug the monitor cable into the back of the laptop and through settings can bring up the wallpaper on my laptop and drag items over to the monitor but what I want to do is to only utilize the external monitor. I don't want to have to drag items over across the screens. Is there a way to disable the monitor on the laptop and only use the external monitor?
 

Answer:Using external monitor on laptop

Press the function key, it's purple I think and says fn, and then press the F8 key CRT/LCD.
 

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Hello

I have a laptop with two VGA (intel & nvidia). I can connect external monitor with HDMI (clone mode), only with intel (from intel's menu).
is there any way to connect the external monitor with the nvidia card?

Answer:laptop with two VGA & external monitor

If the nVidia adapter is VGA only you'd have to use an adapter/cable to HDMI.
https://www.google.com/search?site=&....0.I1JZY1Of5H0

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 I  am having problems connecting myDell  B130 to my Samsung flatscreen (not a LCD)I'm using a VGA to RCA/S-video cableI've updated the video drivers and this is the best picture I can get after adjusting all the resolutions and options that I know to change.its in black and white and in triplicate.

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i have a samsung syncmaster 915N that i am trying to hook up to one of my laptops and am having no luck. i have two hp's one is a pavillion dv4, the other is a dv6000. i tried messing with every setting i could find on both computers and can't get anything but a black screen to show up on the samsung monitor. it came from a desktop that crashed so i know it works. i tried the function key that looks like the monitor as well.
any help or direction would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:External Monitor to Laptop

You do not mention the operating system.Are you wanting to use both monitors at once ore are you experiencing trouble with the built in monitor?When you plug in the external monitor is it detected? Does it show up in Device Manager under monitors?If you are running XP. Go to Control Panel > Display > do not recall the exact path from this point. But under one of the tabs will be a black window. In the window should be two monitors. There will be options to set the primary and secondary monitors as well as an option to "Extend Desktop into this monitor" or similarly worded. Is it checked?

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Gateway ML6732 and Sanyo 42" LCD


I have a VGA to DVI connector and then DVI to HDMI into an LCD 42" tv.

I tried the Fn F4 key and only the screen flashes on the laptop. I tried going through display settings and no luck. There is a "detect external projector" function and nothing is detected. TV is not getting a signal.


Any idea what I'm doing wrong?

Answer:External monitor for laptop...

That laptop doesn't have Nvidia drivers, does it?
Have you tried changing the display settings?
Do you still have the manual for your TV?

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Dumb question?  To use an external monitor on my Inspiron, what port do I plug into on the laptop? 

Answer:using an external monitor on laptop

It depends on the system model -- specifically which type of port(s) it has -- and on the monitor, and the same.
No one can answer without knowing those two things.

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Hi, I am really need help. Trying many ways but nothing helps.
My laptop doesn't recognize my external monitor. 
I was trying to connect monitor to my friend's dell laptop (he have smaller laptop, but very similar with mine) and all works just instantly after connect.
At the same time, on my laptop external monitor was work after many actions with drivers, uefi, etc. And in the end I don't understand what factors can help me in past to connect with monitor. But I can say, that external monitor works at first time after install drivers and rebooting pc, I think.
Recently I reinstall my operating system and trying to connect external monitor again - as I expect - laptop doesn't recognize it again. To resolve it, I am install the drivers, trying actions, that helps me, how i think, in past. In the end - nothing works and laptop doesn't recognize the external monitor again, like in past.

All characteristics that can help are below.

Laptop - Dell Inspiron 17R 5721
Motherboard System - UEFI A14

Video Cards
Integrated - Intel HD Graphics 4000
Discrete - AMD Radeon HD 8500M/8700M Series (Mars)

External Monitor - IIyama Prolite XB2483HSU

Connection between laptop & monitor - HDMI-HDMI

My Thoughts
I really don't understand what happens. In past I have the experience to connect different laptops and external monitors and always it was very easy. Just put in hdmi cabel and all works! I can't understand what's wrong with my laptop. ... Read more

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Hi i have just tried plugging a monitor into my laptop and a get nothing, is there settings i need to change?

Answer:Laptop external monitor

click heremay help...

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I've recently become sort of frustrated with the size of the screen (14.1) on my Lenovo T61 (so it doesn't have DVI) when I'm trying to do multiple things at once, which is most of the time. I want to get an external monitor (preferably 19" or larger)...but I don't know what to get...I want something that will last me through college hopefully (high school senior right now) and I'm on a tight budget 'cause I'm paying for this myself.

Advice/help/whatever?

Thanks!

Answer:Help...I want an external monitor for my laptop...

how much of a budget?

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Is it possible to use an external monitor as the only monitor via laptop besides setting the external monitor to the secondary monitor and closing the lid of the laptop making it as if the external monitor was the only monitor? I ask this extremely lengthy question because I am trying to run my display at 1360x768 but my laptop monitor is only 1280x768 crippling the display of the external monitor. (edit: this theory is incorrect. I can only blame the laptop driver's inability to display the higher resolution.For some reason it can display 1360x768, but only when panning in 1280x768)

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
 

Answer:laptop external monitor

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some of you might have followed an earlier thread. i have a notebook (ipower 5542 Packard Bell)but the monitor is not working. I can attach a CRT monitor but how do i get the laptop to use it. the manual does not say how to toggle monitors etc. any help greartly received.andy

Answer:external monitor for laptop

Hi Andy. I don't have the same laptop as you, but on my Dell C510 I have to press the F8 key, maybe something similar on yours? Good luck.

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I have a MacBook Air 2013 with a secondary monitor installed through a mini-display port-HDMI cable. I also have bootcamp installed in Windows 8.1 64 bits with all the latest drivers installed. The problem that I have is that when the computer wakes after it
goes to sleep, all the windows in the non-primary monitor moves to the primary monitor and I have to re-arranged them all over every time.

 

What I tried so far:

1. Installed the latests drivers from Microsoft and Intel HD Graphics 5000.

2. Look for the DMMEnableDDCPolling in
the registry. (not found only available for ATI cards)

3. Change the mini-displayport-HDMI cable for a new one that doesn't transmit the "power"
so that computer do not detect that the monitor was shutdown.

4. Change the resolution on boths monitors to native resolution

5. Change the primary display from external monitor to laptop monitor

6. Changer HKLM\Software\Microsoft\TMM\UseIViewHelper from 1 to 0

7. Try to get an answer from Apple, Intel and microsoft support.


 

Similar threads where I found this info:

Link
1

Link
2

Link 3

 

PLEASE HELP! I Don't know what else to do!

 

This do not happend on MacOS, it happends only in Windows.

 

Thanks, Andres Rormoser.


MacBook Air (13-inch Mid 2013), Windows 8.1

Answer:Windows gets rearranged in Windows 8.1 and secondary monitor when computer goes to sleep

You may also want to look into the model of monitor you are using. Some monitors do not transmit EDID signals when they switch over to standby mode or have limited support for EDID on some connections. Without the EDID signal, the monitor appears to have
been unplugged and thus results in the behavior you described.
If the monitor is not responsible for the lack of persistent detection, the remaining components are the graphics driver, graphics chipset, and integration of the graphics chipset with the motherboard.
Brandon
Windows Outreach Team- IT Pro
The Springboard Series on TechNet

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On the driver page we have this:
Intel HD Graphics 530 Driver View detailsFile Name: Intel-HD-Graphics-530-Driver_28VH9_WIN_21.20.16.4727_A03.EXE
If the GPU is HD Graphics 630. Why is the driver 530???
Also in "View details" we have: 
Enhancements:- Update Intel 15.46 graphic driver branch for RedStone2 OS
Intel 15.46 supports OpenGL 4.5 and this driver doesn't: Intel-HD-Graphics-530-Driver_28VH9_WIN_21.20.16.4727_A03.EXE 
Then we have the following problem when I connect and external monitor to the HDMI port:
The window of Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 when dragged and snapped to the corner of the external monitor turns black but only sometimes. This rendering problem appears to be a driver problem according to Microsoft.

This needs to be addressed by Dell/Intel or NVIDIA as there appear to be many complaints.

Edit: I forgot to mention that I am talking about Windows 10. And this is what I see: 

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Hi, few days ago screen on my notebook Probook 6560b  with discreete GPU 6470M went black.  Monitor does not have any backlight and also there is no picture on it (looking at angle...so it is not faulty backlight). Pulled all devices out (HDD, CD-ROM) but monitor still remains blank (no BIOS screen). On external output (VGA or DP) there is pictrure, but it can not load any Windows (I have dualboot Windows 10 and WindowsXP). In Windows 10 shows error: VIDEO_TDR_FAILURE What failed: atikmpag.sys. In Windows XP, also blue screen with error in atikmpag.sys. So, I booted in SafeMode and remove Radeon HR6470M driver and put Standard VGA driver. Now PC boots to OS, but still only on external monitor. Tried to reinstall drivers, but it always fails with blank screen and PC freeze.With some many tries and restarts, in one moment notebook monitor starts to working again. But only up to next Windows restart.I tried to put new HDD in it and install fresh Windows...but same thing. Booted from live linux distro...only external monitor works. So, as I can see, external monitors on VGA or DP can work but only with generic VGA drivers. OS correctly recognize graphic card, but when driver is installed external monitor also goes blank and windows freezes (not responding on caps/num lock, no longer pingable on network).As in one moment internal monitor went back online it seams that maybe is some bad connections...but where...GPU or video memory? Also tried HP diagnostic... Read more

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Hi, all, I have a Dell XPS 15 laptop and recently bought a Asus MB169B external USB monitor.  When I plug the monitor in, the laptop monitor (not the external monitor) flickers about every half second.  If I unplug it, it stops.  I upgraded my video driver to no avail.
Is it simply a power supply issue (the external monitor  does not have a power cord)?  Anything I can do?  It does it even if I have the laptop plugged in and charging.  
*something interesting - I just discovered if I duplicate the display and not extend the flickering goes away...but that kind of defeats the point of a dual monitor for me.
Thanks.

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I've a client whos staffs' uses ThinkPad X61 and X200S - all downgraded to Windows XP. Some users experiences BSOD when connecting to external monitor and projector - in all cases the users' uses Extended monitor. Sometimes BSOD even occurs when they boot up their laptop (with laptop connected to an external monitor). To resolve this, they have to detach the external monitor cable, reboot and then reconnect the monitor cable.  Anybody encountered the same problem and has solution to this issue?

Answer:BSOD when using extended monitor on external monitor and projector

Anybody out there can help? Lenovo support guys???

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Hi,

i have a notebook lenovo y570 that has a intel 3000 and a nvidia gt 555m card. My external asus vg248 monitor used to work through hdmi, but now it doesnt. I test with another laptop and the monitor works through hdmi... i must have changed some setting in my lenovo. The monitor says no hdmi signal.

I think something is wrong here:

help please!!

Answer:Asus monitor not working as external monitor for notebook

See if this helps:

Extending the desktop to the attached monitor with Microsoft Windows Right-click the desktop, and then click Properties.
In the Display Properties dialog box, select the Settings tab.
Click the Display list and select your external monitor.
Note: For help identifying the monitors, click Identify.
Select Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor, then click Apply or OK.

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I am unable to use the extended deasktop feature with my m400. I installed the latest video drivers. When I go to the intel graphics media accelerator driver under display properties and choose extended desktop I can't use my external monitor as the primary monitor.

Answer:Cannot use external monitor as the primary monitor with Portege M400

Hi

Maybe is it technical limitation of Intel graphic card. I know for example that on Portege M200 it is not possible to set the external monitor as primary device and the internal screen as secondary device. No way.

Maybe some M400 owner post own experience about that.

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