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External Monitor to Laptop


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#1 falconblumangold

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 03:22 AM

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.

Edited by hamluis, 08 February 2011 - 05:02 PM.
Moved from External Hardware to Win 7 forum.


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#2 ThunderZ

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 04:16 PM

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?

#3 falconblumangold

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 04:47 PM

I am running windows 7pro. I am trying to extend the screen to external monitor. I installed drivers for external monitor. It shows up in the device manager, and I can drag files off of the laptop screen as if it were going to the external monitor but it just stays black. I tried more than one vga cable and made sure the monitor works. I also checked the external screens manual and ensured it is functioning properly. I also tried to set up multiple monitors thru the nvidia program for my graphics card. Changing resolutions to min/max and same on both screens didn't work either

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 05:11 PM

I have never known a monitor of any type to need a special install of any drivers.




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