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Installing Secondary Monitor HDMI (LG brand) Windows 10

Q: Installing Secondary Monitor HDMI (LG brand) Windows 10

Hi all, trying to setup up a secondary monitor (LG 24MP58) for my Lenovo Yoga 900 no avail. Everything seems to be assembled correctly, but absolutely no response from the LG. Doesn't even light up or appear to be "trying" to work. There are no physical buttons or controls of any kind, on the monitor. Win 10 generated a PnP monitor in Devices. HDMI is connected to Type-C USB port on tablet via Insignia adapter. Would eventually like to have a duplicate of my tablet screen on the LG.
Any help or suggestions greatly appreciated.


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Monitor is plugged in vga. Toshiba tv us plugged in hdmi. When I turn my computer on it thinks the tv is the vga monitor. If I unplug the tv and have just the monitor it recognises it but if I then plug in my TV. It then switches to that screen and won't return to the monitor even if I unplug my tv. It won't play sound through my tv or recognise it as one. I can't use windows and P as it does nothing. I want the monitor to be primary and tv as secondary with sound. Help me please

A:How do I add hdmi tv as secondary monitor and vga monitor as primary m

sweksybaby welcome to the Seven Forums.

This should be what you are looking for,

Display - Change Main Display

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I have an XPS 15 9550 with 4k Touch Screen. I use it at work and hook it up to a 1980x1020 monitor via the HDMI port. Pretty standard.
However, I've noticed that once in awhile the monitor will flicker to black for about a second and then pop back up. Annoying but not frustratingly annoying. This generally only happens a few times a day, but some days it will do it like 5 times in under two minutes which is frustratingly annoying.
And even worse, sometimes it will flicker to black and just stay black. The windows I had open on my monitor will jump over to the laptop screen and I have to unplug the HDMI cable from the laptop, wait a few seconds, and then plug it back in.
This shouldn't be happening. I've thought that maybe it is because I need a 4k monitor to pair it properly, but that doesn't seem right. Besides, I'm not wanting to spend $400 quite yet.
Any idea what's going on? Do I have a bad laptop? From what I know, I've updated everything (Bios, Graphics drivers, etc.). I've tried a different monitor and a different HDMI cable - no difference. Same issue on all.

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I have two laptops, both of which have HDMI ports. Is there any software that will use the HDMI cable to make one of my laptops act as a secondary monitor? I don't want any software that requires a network connection because I'm going to be in college.

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I have a problem that is driving me absolutely mental. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Basically I have a Monitor (Benq G2420HD) hooked up to my laptop (Sony Vaio AR71m - Running Windows 7) via HDMI. It worked absolutely perfectly before I went away for the summer. Since coming home and, to my knowledge, having made no major changes to my computer I encountered a problem.

The monitor is recognised on my computer - it shows up in display settings and Nvidia Control Panel fine. Windows also extends the desktop to the other monitor. The monitor shows the green power light but is completely unresponsive and shows only a blank screen as if it's not turned on - I can't change the channel, bring up the menu or do anything until I unplug the HDMI cable and then the monitor works again.

I have tested my computer on another monitor and it works and I have tested my monitor on another computer and that works. At one point I thought I had solved the problem after installing an older graphics driver and and my desktop actually showed on the monitor but two minutes later it disappeared again.

I've tried countless GPU drivers (GeForce 8400 GTm), different HDMI cables and I've even formatted my hardrive and reinstalled windows but to no avail.

I've completely run out of ideas of things to try. If anyone has any suggestions please feel free.


A:Frustrating blank screen on secondary monitor via HDMI.

Have you tried a different cable?

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okay, so i want to dual boot ubuntu and windows 7, i already have ubuntu up and running, and i want to install windows 7 on my secondary partition.

im getting an error saying "setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate existing system partition. see the setup log files for more information"

I have tried installing windows 7 on unallocated space, and ntfs, but to no avail.

here's a pic:
(incase you're wondering partition 1 is ubuntu 10.10, 2 is where i want windows 7 ans 3 is SWAP space)

A:installing windows 7 on secondary partition


I would suggest you use the free Partition Wizard boot disk to create and format the partition you want to use for Windows 7 as a Primary partition and then use PW to mark that same partition as active, then start the install and just to be sure you have no file system errors use the Windows 7 installer to format the partition again, then finish the install.

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How can i set the Windows 8 Mail application to start up on my secondary screen? I've installed 'Actual Monitors' for this purpose, but because i can't find an actual path to the application 'Actual Moniters' can't handle to open the Mail app on the second monitor.
Does anyone know to get an actual path to the Windows 8 Mail application, or even better a way without a third part application to launch the mail on the secondary monitor?
Thanks in advance

A:Windows 8 Mail on secondary monitor

each monitor has a start button. you can click on the start button on the secondary screen and launch windows 8 mail there.

Or you can drag the windows 8 mail app over to the secondary screen.

Or you can click in the upper left corner of the screen on the secondary screen.

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I recently received a second monitor for the use of a secondary monitor, but it has a VGA port and no DVI port. This was an issue because my graphics card (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760) does not have a VGA port.

I purchased a DVI-D to VGA adapter (turns out it was a 5-pack) and it is not detecting it.

What should I do?

A:Secondary Monitor not being detected in Windows 8.1

There are different types of DVI ports. DVI-D is digital only, no analog. Connecting a DVI to VGA adapter to that port will not work. It has to be a DVI-I, integrated, which has digital and analog. Video cards with two DVI ports will often have one of each. If yours has two DVI ports try moving your adapter to the other port. There is no electronics, other than some wires, in a DVI to VGA adapter. It just picks off the correct pins and feeds them to a VGA connector.

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Alright so I recently just set up dual monitors on my Windows 7 Ultimate x64 bit machine again and I'm noticing that the secondary monitor is getting all the boot information.

I have it set as the secondary monitor in Windows but the secondary monitor gets the BIOS information, and the Windows 7 boot graphic but after Windows boots it switches to the primary display.

Right now my video has two DVI inputs, one VGA and one DVI. Does VGA come first with priority? The VGA connection is my secondary, and the DVI is my primary.

Also, because it has two inputs 1 and 2, I have the VGA one plugged into 1 do you think it would help if I switched them?

A:Windows 7 Booting to Secondary Monitor?

Whatever the monitor you have setup in windows as primary monitor will get the boot information and get the windows desktop. Check the monitor settings in the Screen Resolutions window.

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Hi All,
I am facing an issue with my windows 7 computer after installing booting windows 10.
1. I had good running windows 7 on one of my hdd. while secondary has no OS installed.
2. I removed win 7 drive from computer & installed win 10 trail on secondary drive. after installing successfully shut down & connect windows 7 drive and boot with win 10 only. installed my printer drivers & adobe reader in newly installed. I shut down win 10 properly.
3. Still I have both drives connected but now I changed preferred boot drive back to win 7. surprise to see every partition is checked by check disk in win7.
4. Again booting with Win 10 shows nothing serious.
5. I noted whenever I switched with OS Win 10 to win7 check disk runs.
6. Same problem I faced 2 years back when installed win 8 in same scenario, that time I thought my system is too old for win 8. Now after few searches I found issue is familiar to most of us.
7. I Unchecked "Turn on fast startup" under shutdown settings. But not worked for me.

My system Config: GA H61, Core i3 3rd Gen, 8 GB DDR3, 250 GB (win7), 500 GB (win 10) Installed both OS separately.

pls reply if any one have solution.

A:Checkdisk on windows 7 boot after installing win 10 secondary hdd

Disable Fast Startup in Windows 10. This mode puts the disks in a hibernate like state when Windows 10 shuts down. When you start Windows 7, it does not understand how the disks were left and runs CHKDSK.

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I have a laptop with a secondary monitor plugged in using HDMI. Some time over the last couple of days it has stopped working.

I have just uninstalled and reinstalled the official Intel display drivers and nothing has changed. When I look at the screen res menu and the Intel display menu and neither show that there is another monitor plugged in.

The monitor turns on fine but says no signal and suspends its self. Almost as if the cable isn't plugged in, but it's not been touched.

Any ideas what this could be?

A:Windows no longer recognises my secondary monitor

J, do you have a keyboad shortcut that will allow you to switch between monitor modes, such as extend desktop, duplicate desktop, etc? If you don't, I will tell you how via windows.
Right click your desktop and select "screen resolution". Do 2 monitors show up? Click "Detect". Click "Connect to a projector" and select the option you want.

Hope this helps

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Hi guys

(Mods, please move if you feel this has been posted in the wrong place. It sort of didn't seem to fit anywhere!)

I'm running some cognitive science experiments using a multiple monitor setup in my lab. The lab computer runs windows XP and has three monitors.

A) Monitor I want to use to control everything in the experiment
B) Monitor in which I can see what my subject is seeing
C) (in a seperate room) Monitor the subject actually watches during the experiment

Since my experiment uses flickering images I need good frame-by-frame control of the monitor my experiment subject will see. Reading up on graphics card stuff led me to make B the primary monitor, A the secondary monitor, and to slave C to B so they are displaying the same image.

This setup is fine from a graphics perspective (I tested it with an oscilloscope and the timings were spot on)... but it's created a really annoying problem that I can't solve. Whenever I start certain applications (that will control the experiment) they pop up in the primary monitor, which means my subject sees all kinds of stuff I don't want them to see! Obviously I can just drag the relevant windows out of sight, but surely there's a better way to fix this? Is there some way I can order the relevant apps to start in the secondary monitor? Particularly, if they hang with some error message or other, I don't want this popping up and ruining the subject's concentration and otherwise breaking m... Read more

A:Windows XP start application is secondary monitor

Normally the window that the program was last Maximized in, is retained?

I use this program to move my windows around, not sure if it will help retain their screen position any better.... it's free....

***also look for a Control Panel for your Graphics Card ( likely ATI or Nvidia), this will have many more features.

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Hello all. I have a bit of a strange question about installing the Windows 7 upgrade. I'll try to keep it as simple as I can.


1: I currently have Windows XP SP3 Home Edition installed (and activated) on my 160GB WD Caviar Blue hard drive, which has 8MB cache. It's getting a bit full now.

2. This hard drive is one of the few remnants of a Dell machine I bought a few years ago. Surprisingly, the restore disk still works and activates, even though I've changed the motherboard and a number of other things over the years. My last reinstall was about a year ago, and I had no problems reactivating whatsoever - I didn't even need to phone Microsoft. However I doubt it'll install and activate on a new hard drive - particularly as I've also changed the DVD drive since my last activation (as the old one broke), literally the only things remaining from the old system would be the RAM and the processor.

2: I have purchased a 500GB WD Caviar Blue with 16MB Cache

3: I intend to buy Windows 7 Pro Upgrade from TheUltimateSteal for ?30. I'm a student, but will be graduating soon, so it seems sensible to take advantage of this offer while I can.

4. Clearly I can install Windows 7 in the normal way onto my current drive and use the 500GB drive for backing up my files, which I'll do if that's the only option.

5. However, if I did that I would not be taking full advantage of the extra cache of the new drive. It would be nice if I could use that for my primary ... Read more

A:Installing Windows 7 Upgrade to secondary hard drive

Welcome to Seven Forums.

I appreciate your concern to keep you installation legitimate, and also agree that it is the best approach.

Due to the requirement to have a previous, XP or Vista, Windows OS installed and activated and the fact that you can't do an upgrade install from XP to Win7 the upgrade version has to allow for a clean install.

MS EULA states that you must own a previous activated version of Windows to use the Upgrade version and after the Win7 installation you are not allowed to use the previous OS, as it's tied to the upgrade now.

Now, understanding all of this, we have reports that you can do a clean install of Win7 upgrade version onto a new HD. The installer will identify your XP and allow you to install onto the new HD.

First, backup your XP HD before you start the installation in case the worst happens.

Dual booting with XP and Win7 is easy to set up, but very difficult to remove XP from the boot manager. We have seen a lot of issues that are not easy to solve.
I recommend to delete the XP partition during the installation, then install Win7 on the new HD.

Get all your personal files out of the XP partition first.

If you download an ISO file, burn it at x2 speed we have seen a lot of burning errors.
The best way to install it is from a USB memory key, check this tutorial Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool for the procedure.

I would recommend to install the new HD, initialize and partition it, mark the partition you want to instal... Read more

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Ok, so I do promise that I have searched and could not find a solution to this problem.

Recently my laptop screen was stepped on ( :( ). So, only portions of the top right quadrant of the screen was still in working condition. Using this spare real estate, I set up a secondary monitor to work as my primary. While this worked for a week, the rest of the screen that was broken finally gave out and became unusable.

Here is the problem: After one restart, Vista stopped deciding it wanted to use the secondary monitor as my primary, and nothing is showing up on either screens now. How would I, without any visual display, setup the secondary to the primary again?


A:Secondary Monitor Issues running Windows Vista

hi sorry but for me it would be a new screen i would not see it as feasible to work totally blind

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I use both of my dual monitors for development work and have a bunch of folders and other things open on the secondary monitor when I am working on stuff. When I stop working on stuff I usually just turn the second monitor off to save power as it is otherwise completely unused. The problem then is that windows and other things like to open on my second monitor because that is where it was last used and I have to constantly move things back to the main screen to use them. I don't want everything that is currently on the secondary monitor to move to the primary when I shut it off, but I just don't want to keep having to turn the secondary monitor on to move things back. Is there anything I can use to prevent windows from opening up on monitors that are turned off?

A:Secondary monitor - turn off - disable windows from opening on it

This may not work for you, but with my laptop, I can turn off and disable my 2nd extended monitor by typing Windows-P on the keyboard.
If this was helpful, please vote. If it solves the issue, please click Propose as Answer. Thanks!

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Hi all,

A few days ago, I bought a GALAX Gamer 120GB SSD and a Toshiba 2TB 7200RPM HDD from a PC parts store. I installed them in my tower's case and connected them up. Then, I attempted to install Windows 8.1 Core onto the SSD from a bootable USB drive I had made using Microsoft's Installation Media Creation Tool. The installer promptly error'd. I attempted a few more times, to no avail. I contact MS's answer desk, and they couldn't help, so I left it for the night and went to bed. The next day, I decide that I will attempt to install Windows onto the HDD and then clone it over. Of course, it installed perfectly fine on the HDD. Using both Windows' System Image Backup/Restore tool and a myriad of others, I still could not get an installation on the SSD. I ran a surface test on the SSD which turned up fine. I tried again tonight with the same USB drive to install Windows onto the SSD, again, it error'd, I contacted the MS Answer Desk again, they had me change a BIOS settings, and then take my ram cards out and clean them with an eraser. Neither of those worked, and MS support suggested I contact a local tech as it is a hardware issue.

Do you guys have any thoughts on what I should do? Feel free to PM or reply asking for more info.


A:Installing Windows 8.1 on a brand new SSD

Now that you have windows on the HDD - Does the SSD show up in file explorer? and Disk management ?

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So here's the story. One of our staff knocked a ThinkCentre A2U onto the floor.  It appears that the HDD is damaged beyond repair - we can't get past the BIOS screen. Easy enough to buy a new HDD, but how to install Windows 7?  We have the Product Key, but Microsoft rejected it saying that we needed to contact the manufacturer - Lenovo. So here we are.  DigitalRiver is no help, it just refers back to Microsoft. Any suggestions, guys?

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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 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

A: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.
Windows Outreach Team- IT Pro
The Springboard Series on TechNet

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About two weeks ago I was installing windows 8 64 bit on a desktop previously running win 7 64. I wanted a clean start so I checked the "Keep nothing" box (later I discovered this would not reformat my HDD but move everything into a windows.old folder). I took out the HDD from an HP Compaq6710b laptop that is used for work (I do not technically own it) and then proceeded to back up anything I wanted to keep. I did not set any preferences in the desktop's BIOS as to what to do with the secondary drive; I just plugged it in. After that was complete I started installing windows 8 on the desktop and during one of its stages I forgot that I left the laptop drive in and unplugged its SATA cable from my exposed motherboard. Whether I should have just left it in to finish and fix later or unplugging right then and there didn't really come across my mind. Nonetheless windows 8 installed just fine on the desktop.

Upon plugging it back into my work laptop, nothing unusual popped up before the login screen. Now my appropriate username was still saved but when I tried logging in with my usual password it tells me it's incorrect. The OS on the laptop is XP Professional with the latest service pack (I'm assuming). I tried typing in old passwords, pressing ctr-alt-del twice, and even my username and password for my desktop but nothing works. After plugging it back in to the desktop to possibly restore it I received a couple messages from the windows 8 OS infor... Read more

A:Accidently left a secondary hard drive in while installing Windows 8

Hi Jordan,
hope your boss wasn't too mad...

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I just bought a new laptop yesterday, so there's no bugs or anything on it. All I've done is check my gmail, install an the antivirus program Best Buy gave me, and try to install some of my audio recording software (Adobe Audition and Guitar Port).
And that is where my problem starts.
My old computer had windows xp on it, and it ran my software just fine.
Now with this brand new computer, it won't install.
I get just past the part where you agree with all their license stuff,
and then suddenly it tells me, "Setup has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly." And then it just closes the program.
I bought this software in 2007, so I hope it isn't "too old" for Windows 7 or something...

A:Brand new Windows 7 not installing software

Run it in compatibility mode

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When you start a slideshow with Windows Photo Viewer, it fades the monitor to black and then starts the slideshow. The problem is that on dual monitor setups it blacks out both screens, and exhibits buggy behavior if you try to use the other one. It will allow you to see the other monitor's windows if you can manage to bring them into focus (using alt+tab for example) but if the slideshow ever gets focus again, it returns to blacking out the second monitor. Is there a way to turn off this "blacking out" behavior? This wasn't something the Photo Viewer in WinXP did - it left secondary monitors alone and just played the slideshow on it's own display.

A:Windows Photo Viewer slideshow turns secondary monitor black

Hi Vecctor, this behavior can be by design. If you want to switch monitor, that is using slideshow on the secondery monitor, you can hold Win key+Shift and use left or right arrow to switch.Hope this helps!Sean Zhu - MSFT

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a little while ago my hard disk broke so i just bought a new one to replace it.

now im just a little concerned about my windows XP activation key. if i use the same key i used on the old (and now broken) drive, will it still work on my new drive? or do i have to buy another copy or something to get it working?

ive tried a dozen things to get my old drive back in order but nothing worked so i threw it out. i know that i cant use the same key on multiple machines but im just wondering will Windows be able to recognise the fact that im upgrading now?


A:HDD broke, installing windows on a brand new drive

give it a try worse thing is you will have to call ms and explain to them what happened and see if they will five ypu a new key

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First of all, can I say that I am somewhat computer illiterate, but I am determined.

I recently purchased a new desktop computer, the specs are:

Intel Core i7 2700K CPU - 3.5GHz
Gigabyte / Asus Z68 Motherboard
16GB DDR3-1600MHz RAM
1TB SATA3 7200RPM Hard Disk
BluRay Combo Drive(LG)
2 x ATI HD6970 2GB PCI-e in Crossfire configuration
Antec Nine Hundred Gaming Case
Thermaltake Tough Power XT 875W PSU

Now it comes time to install windows 7 professional, so I purchase a copy of the OEM version (because I'm stingy).

When I put the DVD in the drive it boots straight away and it comes up with a black screen that says "Windows is loading files........." . The bar on the screen loads and then it says "Starting Windows", after that a blue screen with some leaves and what looks like a very small bird appears in what I am assuming is meant to be the start of the windows 7 professional setup screen, however nothing comes up and after a while (5 minutes or so) my computer restarts and it's groundhog day (has been doing it for the last 3 hours).

Can anyone help me?

A:Problem installing windows 7 on brand new desktop

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Hello everybody,
I've bought  this new XPS 15 and updated all bios and drivers
when it resume from sleep the secondary monitor, connected via HDMI, has very high brightness
Tried to disconnect the cable, shut down the monitor and reconnect it but it remain the same
I've to restart the system to get the normal brightness and contrast
what should I try?

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My husband bought me a brand new laptop from Best Buy and also recently purchased an iPod touch for me for Mother's day. I had downloaded iTunes 9 on my old laptop (before getting this new one), the old computer was running Windows XP and I did not encounter any problems installing iTunes 9 & using it to get my Touch started.

I wish to install iTunes 9 on the new computer to use for playing, storing, and burning CDs but when the download is complete and I start going through the installation process, at the very end of it all I get an error message saying that the installer detected an error and the installation could not be completed...and then something about try installing later. I would have copied and pasted the message but I am in a bit of a hurry and I don't have time to sit through the whole download again to get the message.

Anyway, I can follow directions but if anyone has any help to offer please put the information in lamens terms...I'm very familiar with computers and other forms of technology but after wasting all day trying to solve this on my own I just want someone who can help to give me the simple steps to solve this problem so I can get iTunes up and running.


A:Trouble installing iTunes 9 on brand new laptop running Windows 7

Redownload the Installer. It's probably corrupt.

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After the BIOS Update yesterday my secondary monitor has not been working. The computer fails to detect it in Device Settings. Since this has happened, I have: Unplugged/Replugged Cables and made sure everything powers up (when plugging the HDMI from the monitor into the notebook the monitor cycles through Analog and HDMI a few times and goes to sleep so it's getting a connection)Have tried two HDMI cables, one brand new Attempted to update drivers, was told that they were updated Downloaded new drivers from HP Support Assistant and Installed, Rebooted Rolled back the BIOS to the previous version I tested the monitor on my MacBook and it works, so it's not the monitor and the notebook still does not pick up my monitor! PLEASE HELP! 

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Hi, I just installed my windows 7 (64x) again (after formatting the hard-drive) but now I have a problem with the audio from displayport to hdmi. I can't transfer the voice from laptop to TV anymore. I checked almost everything. Disabled the video and audio cards, set the AMD HDMI output as a default device or even disabled the rest but nothing worked so far. My display: AMD mobility radeon HD 5000 Any suggestions?  

A:displayport to hdmi after installing a new windows

Hi @sasan79, Thank you for your inquiry. I grasp that you have formatted the drive and reinstalled Windows 7, but now you do not have audio on the TV.  Previously it was working fine. Have you done all your Windows updates?  Have you run the HP Support Assistant?  Have you run the Windows troubleshooter? Here is a link to HP Notebook PCs - Troubleshooting HDMI Display and Sound Issues that may also help. Please let me know the results. Please let me know if this resolves the issue by marking this post as "Accept as Solution".  To simply say thanks, click the ?Thumbs Up? below!    If you require further assistance let me know and I will gladly do all I can to help.

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I have just did a clean install of Windows 7 ultimate from XP and I am unable to get my dual monitors to work like they did in XP.

I have a DVI Radeon graphics card plugged into the agp slot, and a Nvidia geforce vga adapter plugged into a pci slot of my dell optiplex 755. When I am in the screen resolution settings the second monitor cannot be detected.

In bios I have 2 options under primary video adapter and they are auto, and onboard card. When set to auto the Nvidia card gets a signal but the Radeon does not. There are no conflicts in the device manager, and all of the drivers are up to date.

When I change the bios option to onboard card the Radeon adapter gets a signal but the other monitor cannot be detected and in device manager there is a yellow exclamation mark next to Standard VGA adapter and a code 10 error that states the device could not be started.

I have powered down, and unplugged every cable, I also tried to use the integrated VGA adapter to the Intel G31/G33/Q33/Q35 Graphics Controller but the computer will not even boot. I get
"System Halted
Attention Unsupported Video Configuration Detected"

I have two monitors, both work fine as standalones but Windows will not detect either as a secondary.

Please help me someone, I am so used to having my helpdesk email open in one monitor and all of my other work in the other monitor.

A:Dual monitor issue, secondary monitor is undetectable


Try updating your card drivers. Go into Device Manager and right-click on your display adapter.

I suspect that the cards are too old, though. We will see.


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I recently purchased another monitor so I can run dual-monitors on my newly upgraded-to Windows 8 desktop. I set the monitor up last night, and I haven't had any major issues so far... One issue that I've run into, though, is the secondary monitor (regardless whether it's the monitor I owned first or the one I just bought) flashes randomly. Last night, a restart fixed the issue, so I didn't think anything of it. Today when I started it up, it was fine again for about 5-10 minutes. Then it began to flash randomly. It's not a constant steady flash, it only happens once every 3-10 minutes, but it shouldn't be happening. Does anyone else have the same problem and/or have suggestions on how to fix it?

Add'l info:

Monitors (both connected via HDMI, primary to primary gfx card, secondary to secondary gfx card)
1x Asus VW246H 24"
1x Asus VE248H 24"

Both set to 1920x1080p resolution, left as primary, right as secondary.

2x EVGA Nvidia GTX 560 Ti's in SLI Configuration

Most recent stable Nvidia drivers are installed. I'll test the beta ones later and update this if anything changes.

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I have a dual monitor setup, where the laptop is hooked to a 2nd monitor (TV) thru an HDMI . I primarily use the 2nd monitor. Can I blank screen the 1st (laptop screen) monitor, yet continue to use the 2nd monitor with the lid open for access to the keyboard?(I noticed with changed settings in Win7 control panel, I can close the lid without cutting off [sleep, hibernate or shut-off] the computer and had to reduce the 2nd monitor display to fit the visible screen. But to use the keyboard one has to open the laptop lid, which kicks in the 1st screen)Thank you

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I have an Asrock ION 330 HT BD with a Sony Bravia 720p attached (HDMI to HDMI). When I start up my PC, the screen remains black. Only after I plug in a second monitor, both screens work just fine. When I pull the second monitor out, the Bravia also stops getting a signal. Seems a bit weird.. How can I get it to work with just the Bravia attached?


A:HDMI to HDMI only working with second monitor attached

Hi and welcome to the forum.

Have you made sure your graphics card driver is up to date?

Have you tried starting your PC up in safe mode and seeing if the problem still persists?

Please ensure you have done both of these and then post back; it would also be helpful if we knew your system specifications which you can fill in under 'User CP'.

Also does the task bar appear on the primary monitor or secondary monitor?


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I have a video card with both a DVI and an HDMI output and a monitor with only an HDMI input. Should I connect my monitor to my PC with an HDMI cable or with a DVI - HDMI cable?

A:Should I use an HDMI or HDMI-DVI cable to connect to my monitor?


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Hello,After some automatic update of the Windows 10 (64 bit), the audio from the notebook to the Monitor / TV via HDMI is no more working, even the playback sound card does not show the option for the HDMI conection. It used to show the Monitor-TV brand, like only shows the original IDT Hogh Defininiton Audio CODEC and the Headset Eraphone Microsoft LX-3000.Originally the notebook was running Windows 7 (64 bit).I´ve tried to update the sound driver, but did not work at all. There´s no specific driver for the Monitor/TV.Thanks,

A:HDMI No sound after Installing Updating Windows 10

Hi: See if this works...In the device manager under the Sound, Video and Game Controllers device manager category, you should be seeing the IDT HD audio device as well as another HD Audio device.. The non-IDT HD audio device is the Intel HDMI audio chip which somehow lost the driver. Download and save, but do not run the W8 Intel graphics driver file from your notebook's support page. This package provides the driver that enables the Intel High-Definition (HD) Graphics in supported notebook models that are running a supported operating system. If high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) video output is supported, this package also installs the HDMI Audio Driver. Then download and install this free file utility.  The 2nd link is for 64 bit. After you install 7-Zip, right click on the Intel graphics driver file you downloaded. Select 7-Zip from the list of items.  Have 7-Zip Extract to:  and let it extract the file into its driver folder name (sp59149). Once 7-Zip does its thing, go to the device manager, click to expand the Sound, Video and Game Controllers device manager category. Click on the plain HD Audio device (not the IDT one). Click on the driver tab.  Click on Update Driver. Select the Browse my computer for driver software option, and browse to the driver folder 7-Zip created. Make sure the Include ... Read more

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I recently upgraded to windows 10 and the HDMI is not working, How do i fix it, Please help!! dv6-2155dx

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Hi All, Just purchased  HP Spectre x360 - 13-4007tu in Oct.  Upgraded immediately to win 10 on receipt and updated all the drivers automatically via HP support assistant. Finnaly Got a chance to connect the notebook to my TV via HDMI. However it DOES NOT detect any external monitor except the built-in in the "graphics properties" -"select display". But when I connect to my old lenovo laptop, it picks up the same setting ( TV via HDMI ) straight away I have double checked all windows / Hp updates all latest ; go back and give a few tries and still no-go. Please help as to say the least i am very dissapointed  of HP for such a high-end work machine. The audio has been buzzy and scratchy but not crucial, whereas HDMI is for any presentation etc. Thanks for your help.

A:HDMI not working on brand new HP Spectre x360

Hi @melfes?, Thank you for your query.  I grasp that you are having a difficulty connecting a TV via HDMI to your notebook. You have done all your Windows updates and ran the HPSA.  Here is a link to the HP Spectre x360 - 13-4007tu Software and Driver page to manually check that you have all the updated drivers and the latest bios update. Here are two links that may also be of aid. HP Notebook PCs - Connecting a Monitor, Projector, or TV (Windows 10, 8) HP Notebook PCs - Updating the BIOS. A bios update does have the potential to cause damage. I suggest contacting HP support for assistance with that process. Please contact HP support at Contact HP Support. Please let me know the outcome. Thank you  for participating in the HP Forums! We want to help you as well as others who may experience a similar issue as you. Please consider marking the post that resolves your issue as   "Accept as Solution"   to help other community  members!To show appreciation for my efforts kindly click the   Thumbs Up   below.   Best of Luck!

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Just unboxed my computer from CyberpowerPC, GTX 720 graphics card, installed/updated all drivers with drivereasy (paid for just now) and I am still having the issue with HDMI port not working. I have tried to plug into a monitor and a TV, neither are working, I have also tried to use multiple HDMI cables, still does not work. My monitor has an auto-switch source availability and turned on, when I plug my computer into the monitor with HDMI it continually cycles, finds no signal and goes into sleep mode. Then rinse/repeats until I either turn off the computer, monitor or just unplug the monitor from the computer. Currently I am using a DVI(computer) to HDMI (tv) and its working fine. So I know its the port on the computer. Do I need to contact CyberpowerPC to send the computer back to get this issue resolved? Thank you for the help.

A:Brand new out of the box computer. HDMI port not working

Does the PC also have an integrated graphics processor (IGP) on the motherboard and the GTX 720 graphics card is an upgrade? If so, there might be a bios setting that will disable the IGP and use the graphics card instead.

Also, right click on the start icon, then click on device manager. Click on display adapters. Is the GTX 720 listed as the display adapter?

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Hey guys, I'm wondering if any one can assist me with a fresh install of Win 7 Ultimate x64 on my HTPC.The issue is this, the HTPC remains on at all times.
Every power saving feature I can find is turned off. Monitor is set to never turn off, pc is set to never go to sleep. In advanced power setting HDDs are set to turn of after 99999 minutes, never turn of network adaptors or put anything to sleep ever.
I have also been to device manager and selected never turn off network adapters (just in case)
I use my remote to turn on my TV and AMP. HDMI signal to TV and optical audio to AMP - no HDMI pass through of AMP.
When I switch OFF the AMP and TV the computer stays awake no problems. If it has been a few hours and I return and switch the TV and AMP ON the PC goes to sleep! I then need to use the power button on the pc case to wake it up again.
If I turn the system off and back on immediately, the pc stays powered on. It only arises after a few hours. (not sure how long exactly

This makes no sense, why would Win 7 go to sleep when it gets and HDMI signal?

Any help would be appreciated. Cheers.

A:Windows 7 goes to sleep when HDMI monitor is turned ON!

Since you`re using optical for sound, and the fact that no one has replied, I would try a DVI to HDMI cable, see if that fixes the issue.

I have no idea why your PC is shutting down, that makes no sense at all.

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I upgraded my Windows 8 to 8.1 After the install, my Viewspan USB 3.0 UFX7000 software no longer works. The T.V. screen is blank. Worked fine in Windows 8. I have installed the latest driver, but that didn't help. I have an HP Touchsmart 310-1124f PC. Please help.

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My computer desk sits next to my entertainment system, and I have it connected to two monitors: the primary 22? Viewsonic LCD (DVI) and my 42? Toshiba TV (HDMI hooked in via my receiver). When I just want to browse the ?net or email, I use the primary monitor. For gaming and movies, I use the TV. For a couple of years now, I?ve had display options to always display the TV (monitor 1). If the TV was off, it would default to the Viewsonic, per the Windows feature to always default to the current monitor if only one was on. If the TV was on, it would stop feeding the Viewsonic and default to the TV, so that any games or movies would display on the TV and not cause any issues fullscreen. This way the TV being on or off determined whether the PC would feed to it or not, and I?d only turn on the power hungry TV for entertainment.

About a month ago, my monitors started behaving oddly. The PC would power up normally and load Windows to the Viewsonic, and during the load up screen the Viewsonic would power down. The only way to see the screen was to turn on the TV. This is on Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium (up to date).
Things I?ve tried:Set the Viewsonic to be the primary monitor and settings to only display on the Viewsonic. Result: If the TV is off, there?s no video to the Viewsonic. If the TV is on, it is black (as expected since I've set the monitor to receive the feed) and the feed goes to the Viewsonic.
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A:No feed to primary monitor when secondary monitor is off.

Was anything done to this system just before the problem started?

Have you swapped out the cables and/or tried a different connection to the monitors?

This sounds like a failure either at the video card or the viewsonic monitor electronics, so I would try swapping out the video card and monitor if possible to confirm or eliminate them as the culprit, this can include the cabling.

I had something similar happen when one of my monitors went bad.

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HI everyone,
I'm having an issue with my displaying settings and I'm hoping someone here can help me to solve this.

I recently had an older HP Pavilion Media Center m7760n Desktop PC rebuilt. The old power supply fried the motherboard so I need to get a new power supply and motherboard. Here are my current specs.

Mainboard : Asus P5QPL-VM EPU
Chipset : Intel G41
Processor : Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 @ 2133 MHz
Physical Memory : 2048 MB (2 x 1024 DDR2-SDRAM )
Video Card : Intel(R) G41 Express Chipset (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM 1.1)
Hard Disk : WDC (1000 GB)
Hard Disk : WDC (250 GB)
DVD-Rom Drive : TSSTcorp CD/DVDW TS-H653L ATA Device
Monitor Type : Hewlett Packard HP w22 - 22 inches
Monitor Type : Samsung SyncMaster - 15 inches
Network Card : AR8121/AR8113/AR8114 PCIe Ethernet Controller
Network Card : AR5006X 802.11a/b/g Wireless Network Adapter
Operating System : Windows 7 Ultimate Professional 6.01.7600
DirectX : Version 11.00
Windows Performance Index : 2.9
As you can see from above, the "video card" is actually integrated into the motherboard.

The computer works perfectly except for one major problem. I have 2 monitors, one is 22" with 1680 x 1050 resolution and the other is a 15" monitor with 1024 x 768 resolution. At the back of my computer I have a VGA port and a DVI port. The 15" is connected to the VGA port and the 22" is connected to the DVI port.

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A:Primary Monitor switches to secondary monitor

I am having the exact same issue. Did you ever fix this?
I just posted a similar question in this thread:

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I wanted a break from the HDMI sound through the monitor to use headphones, and after several other methods, I tried disabling the HDMI sound. That worked great, but now that option for playback device is completely gone! How do I get it back so I can use the (admittedly weak, but still functional) monitor sound?

A:Solved: Windows 7 HDMI sound through Acer monitor

Go to Control Panel > Sound. In the Sound popup screen, right-click on the screen and select "Show Disabled Devices".

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So eagerly i tought to buy this cool looking laptop for a huge $2000 i needed it to output to a hdmi monitor ot TV so sometimes i could see movies as well, now i had to buy the special DA200 dell adaptor and in the past 3 weeks it`s been a complete nightmare, i WAS NEVER ABLE to make it work permanently. The chat support was no help at all usually simply resuming to try and replace the part but i do think the part is good and i didn't feel like waiting 2 weeks for it to ship from china.

The ethernet and usb work on the DA200 adaptor , EXCEPT HDMI.  SOMETIMES it would work briefly until next restart, i had tried everything ever available on the internet. The laptop is running Windows 10 (as it`s restricted to that version, i tried to install other versions with lots of issues and compatibility issues) so  i have installed reinstalled and installed different versions of the video driver for all possible windowses and none worked. what did work was very brief until next restart and that usually happened when i had a fresh windows install, after the first restart i will get a non working hdmi again.  

I have tried several hdmi cables so i know it`s not the hdmi cable or the tv ot the monitor. and nobody seems to be able to help!!

A:dell xps 13 9450 (2015 new version) does not output HDMI to tv or monitor via special dell DA200 Hdmi adaptor

Oops I see my first post got sent, even if the website failed...
Anyay.. I talked to Dell Support and they told me to update the firmware for:
Intel (R) Thunderbolt 3 Firmware Update
(version 02.05.04,A00)
downloaded forn
Enter your service tag and you will find it under Chipset on the driver download page.
That fixed it for me!
It was a known issue for the guy i talked to.

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Look at how AWFUL windows 10 fonts and text are...I have tried so many solutions that I've read about online but NOTHING has worked! I'm wondering if either windows 10 fonts will not render correctly with this monitor model or windows 10 cannot deal with the higher resolution of HDMI...I've tried that incredibly ineffective and useless 'cleartype' turned ON, have all setting 'native' for my monitor, an LG27EA63...have tried using the 'revert to windows 8' small rendering program and at least a dozen other fixes and it still looks like utter garbage as seen below....At this point, I'm thinking I should try hooking up a VGA or DMI cable , and see if that looks better than this...the font quality and general picture quality is so poor, it's causing me headaches for extended use. Anyone have any other things to try tweaking? examples below...

A:LG 27" monitor with HDMI & windows 10 = headache inducing blurry text!

This is not a high resolution monitor like 2K or 4K. Check to see what your DPI Scaling is set to, should be at recommended.
Mine is a 2K so should not be set like mine.

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Look at how AWFUL windows 10 fonts and text are...I have tried so many solutions that I've read about online but NOTHING has worked! I'm wondering if either windows 10 fonts will not render correctly with this monitor model or windows 10 cannot deal with the higher resolution of HDMI...I've tried that incredibly ineffective and useless 'cleartype' turned ON, have all setting 'native' for my monitor, an LG27EA63...have tried using the 'revert to windows 8' small rendering program and at least a dozen other fixes and it still looks like utter garbage as seen below....At this point, I'm thinking I should try hooking up a VGA or DMI cable , and see if that looks better than this...the font quality and general picture quality is so poor, it's causing me headaches for extended use. Anyone have any other things to try tweaking? examples below...

A:LG 27" monitor with HDMI & windows 10 = headache inducing blurry text!

This is not a high resolution monitor like 2K or 4K. Check to see what your DPI Scaling is set to, should be at recommended.
Mine is a 2K so should not be set like mine.

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I have the 2nd setup through a vga to hdmi cable but it just sits there black with "check signal cable."

2nd monitor is an lg2241


- multiple re-boots
- downloaded a driver from LG but don't see that it did any kind of install. Double clicking it's zip file opened it and clicking on the three files did nothing but open gibberish code.
- at screen resolution I see multiple displays and I have it set on extended.
- Clicked detect and identify
- #2 says display device on vga
- tried unplugging and reconnecting the cable (hdmi to vga)

I'm lost. SOS!



A:Dual monitor setup hdmi to vga on 2nd monitor shows nothing

Dave welcome to the Seven Forums.

That cable won't work unless the VGA port on the computer/laptop supports digital (highly unlikely), as VGA is an analogue signal and HDMI is digital. To get it to work you would need some kind of converter not an adapter, which that cable essentially is.

Assuming this is your monitor,

LG E2241V-BN: 22" Full HD LED LCD Monitor | LG USA

is says it has a VGA port on it. If it does then just use a plain old VGA cable.

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I'm on a Dell Dimension 2400.

I've been having some problems with my Maxtor 6E040L0 40GB HDD so I'm going to get another HDD and use the Maxtor as a secondary (till it dies).

I don't have much experience with the hardware so I need help on a few particulars.

1. It looks like the CD-RW drive is on a secondary cable with an extra jack and bay for a DVD drive, whereas the current HDD is on a cable of its own with no other jacks.

Is there any reason not to put the second drive on the cable with the CD-RW drive?

2. What I was thinking about doing is first installing the new drive as a slave, booting to Windows XP to format and partition it, then switching it to the master and installing Windows.

Is there any reason why this shouldn't work?

Also, if I do it this way would I have to change anyhting in the BIOS?


A:Help installing a secondary HDD

Hello! Welcome to TechSpot

John_P said:

the CD-RW drive is on a secondary cable with an extra jack and bay for a DVD drive, whereas the current HDD is on a cable of its own with no other jacks.

Is there any reason not to put the second drive on the cable with the CD-RW drive?No reason just jumper them correctly.Click to expand...

What I was thinking about doing is first installing the new drive as a slave, booting to Windows XP to format and partition it, then switching it to the master and installing Windows.Click to expand...

I would install the new drive as stand alone. Install XP from cd and just let
Xp install, partition and format it, less steps involved.

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I purchased a new flatscreen monitor to add a second screen to my laptop for the occasions when I need two at home. It is installed as "extended desktop" and seems fine but apart from the Windows MCE screen logo it's blank.

When I open a program on the laptop it stays on the laptop screen - my question is:
How do I tell the computer to open the programs on the monitor screen on the occasions I want that to happen, whilst still keeping them on the laptop desktop for the times i am out and about with only the laptop?

Idiot proof instructions would be much appreciated if anyone can help


A:Secondary Monitor Help Pls!

Well not knowing about the laptop make and model I would say if you take a look at the manual that you received with the laptop or the online manual at the manufacturers web site that should explain everything you need to know. Actually if I knew the make and model of the computer I would have to do the exact same thing.

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Recently I bought a slightly larger monitor and planned to use the older one as a secondary monitor. I went in via 'Display Settings' but have managed to screw things up and I've ended up making this smaller monitor the primary one.
How might I reverse this and thus make the larger monitor the primary one?

A:Secondary monitor

Originally Posted by Struggler79

Recently I bought a slightly larger monitor and planned to use the older one as a secondary monitor. I went in via 'Display Settings' but have managed to screw things up and I've ended up making this smaller monitor the primary one.
How might I reverse this and thus make the larger monitor the primary one?

Hi @Struggler79, welcome to!

Go to Settings/System/Display, pick(highlight) the monitor you want as Primary, check 'Make this my main display', click 'Apply'.

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I have just installed a secondary monitor my pc - the monitor is showing as fuctioning properly - but when choose option to expand my desktop on to secondary monitor - it reverts back to just 1st monitor. There is a power light on second monitor - but no picture at all.
Any ideas pls ?


A:Secondary Monitor

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Hi there,
so here's a problem I'm having and wondering if someone could share some advice on this. Late last year I dropped my laptop which ruined the screen, all the pixels are messed up. The rest of the laptop is fine and it works properly, just with a broken screen, there's only a small portion of the screen where you can just barely see the desktop.

Anyway, I've pulled out an old monitor and I managed to get the Properties open on the laptop screen in the only bit of the screen that's visible so I could extend the desktop onto this secondary monitor.

What I am trying to do is to get the laptop to just output to the secondary monitor as if it's the primary monitor, the external monitor has a couple of times just changed itself to the primary monitor (start menu, main desktop etc) but then it just after a few minutes jumps back to being the secondary monitor with the (broken) laptop screen being the primary.

Any advice on this would be very much appreciated,


A:Secondary monitor

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I had to reformat recently and since then i have not been able to get my secondary monitor to work in Windows XP. My Radeon driver mistakes the secondary monitor for a YPbPr big screen TV device, whatever that is, and will not recognize it as a monitor. This has worked before, the secondary monitor is an AOC Spectrum 7Glr 17" connected through a VGA-DVI port. Before my reformat, all i had to do is plug it in and had the luxury of dual monitors. Now, I can't get it to work at all and everything i try screws it up so bad it requres a safe-mode system restore. I've tried different driver combinations and what-not, including different monitor drivers and the Omega drivers for my ATI card. How can I get this secondary monitor working?

A:Will Somebody Please Help Me Get This Secondary Monitor Set Up!!!

Welcome to TechSpot forums

Originally posted by beedubaya
My Radeon driver mistakes the secondary monitor for a YPbPr big screen TV device, whatever that is, and will not recognize it as a monitor.Click to expand...

That is component output. If there is an option to disable component output, try it.

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I have an older 266 that I let my girls use to play their games on. The hardrive on it is 4GB and is just about full. I am trying to install another 6GB harddrive to help. I'd like to run Windows off of one harddrive and some of the larger games off of the other. Is this possible? I tried to put in the other harddrive but Windows won't recognize it. How do I get it recognized?
Thank you!!

A:installing a secondary harddrive

I take it you have connected the drive, jumpered it, and set the ide channel in setup.

If the drive is recognized when you boot up you need to use the fdisk tool from the dos prompt to partition and format the drive.

Safest way to do it. shut your machine down. Go in and disconnect your old drive so as not to work on the wrong drive.
Place a win98 startup disk in and let it boot to the command prompt. Do not choose with cdrom support.
From the a prompt type fdisk
Answer yes to the lba question, make sure the drive size is the new one, not old if you didn't disconnect it.
choose option 1, create primary partiton, make the partition the full size of the drive, follow the prompts. when done you will have to reboot again, leave the startup disk in and the old drive disconnected. Do not choose with cdrom support. Once at the a prompt type format C:

ONce the format is done, shut the machine off, reconnect the old drive, boot up, windows should see your new drive

Just make sure that you don't partition or format your old drive, that's why it's a good idea to disconnect it while doing this.
If you don't disconnect it it is too easy to do the wrong drive if your not familiar with doing this type of operation

Hope that helps

If the drive isn't recognized when you boot up post back and someone will help you get it configured properly

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Hey, lately my pc has been running abit slow booting up and copying files to locations on the hard drive Etc...ive scanned my drives for Viruses, Spyware and Adware and i got one Virus off and no spyware has been found, my freind said:

maybe its because you only have one hard drive and thats acting as your boot up drive and storage for music pictures games and all sorts of crap, so maybe getting a second hard drive and installed games and music on that and just necessary items on boot up drive?

is this a good idea, also if i do when ive linked up the new drive must i install Xp on the storage one or does it only need Xp installation on the boot drive?


A:Installing Secondary Drive!

there is no need tp install a new hard drive , u can make 2 partitions on the drive , equal size partitions , store all u r data on the 2 nd partiotion that will be d and windows willbe on the c partiotns,
this has 2 benefits
one it will do what u are trying to with out add ing a new hard drive
2 , even incase windows does not load up some day , there will be no data loss , even if u reisntall windows as all the data will be on the partiton d , u can format partiton c and reinstall windows , all the stuf in the opther partiton will be intact

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I have HP Omen Laptop with genuine Windows 10 (64bit).I intend to install a secondary operating system (e.g. Red Hat Linux) on the same machine in a different partition/harddrive. My question is thus two-fold,1. Is it possible to have the secondary OS installation on the same machine without affecting the genuine windows and its setting and all.2. If I ever need to run the recovery on my Machine, will that be affected by the this secondary OS installation ?? Please if anyone can help me out to understand this problem. Also if its possible and no harm is expected, then please can you guide me how can I accomplish this task i.e. installation of secondary OS on the OMEN machine with an existing Windows 10 (which is pre-installed btw)

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I have added a second hard drive to my system. What I want to do is put the XP operating system on it, so that when I boot up, I will have the option of choosing which drive I want to boot off of.

I have the second drive installed and formatted. Can someone please provide the steps that I take from here to put the OS on the secondary drive?

Since I don't want to format/install the OS on the wrong drive, this is why I am asking for assistance.

Any help will be greatly appreciated!!!


A:Need Help installing XP on Secondary Drive

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I've already tried asking for help on two other forums, but no luck so far, so I'm just going to cut and paste the problem here and hope you folks know the answer. Thanks in advance.

My secondary monitor gets stuck in standby mode (orange light) whenever I try to connect it to my laptop. It works fine for other purposes, such as using an Xbox 360, but whenever I connect it to my laptop (Dell Vostro 1700, Windows XP, nVidia 8600M GT) and configure it to run as an extension of the desktop, it just switches itself into standby mode. I've been using this dual monitor setup for quite a while and it had been working just fine up until recently - I can't imagine having done anything to mess it up, and no one else uses the laptop besides me. Strangely, on device manager it lists "default monitor" three times, and also "plug and play monitor", and these four show up even when the second monitor isn't plugged in (I don't know whether this is relevant though). Does anyone know how I can fix this?

So far I've tried:

- Messing around with the monitor and display settings on device manager,

- Lowering the resolution, refresh rate and color depth,

- Reinstalling, upgrading and downgrading the drivers for my video card,

- Using the nVidia software to get the monitor working,

- Using another monitor instead (the same problem occurs),

- Using a different VGA cable to hook the monitor up,

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A:My secondary monitor isn't working

C'mon folks, someone must have a suggestion... I need help.

Anyway, I tried using the Fn key + F8 to toggle between laptop display, external display, and display on both, but it doesn't work as the external monitor never displays a thing. Please help folks, I'm desperate.

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Because of limited desk space, I have to use one of my monitors in portrait mode.....however, due to the widescreen aspect ratio, my horizontal resolution is slightly too narrow for an internet browser.

What I would like to adjust somehow, either through Windows 7 or through the Nvidia display control panel is to either reduce the pixels the image or window takes up, or if I have to, change the resolution. Does Windows 7 allow for such a modification to its windows. The browser is Firefox if that makes a difference.

I modified the resolution to give me a better fit-

from 1440x900
to 1280x1024

Unfortunately, that is as far as it will let me go. Another 100-200 pixels would be ideal, but this is more workable. Open to suggestions.

A:Resize secondary monitor

the best would be to just resize the browser to fit the screen.

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Want to use my Dell Inspiron /B130 laptop as a secondary monitor for my HP Pavilion can I do this?  They both are on Windows XP

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Hey there! I am trying to Install 2 double monitors to my PC and I can't get one too work. One says no signal, or a blank black screen when I swap them around, and the other one I am using here works fine.

When I go to Control Panel >> Display Properties >> Settings, I don't see this, it looks like it does if I have not installed another monitor:

The back of my computer has two Monitor ports. One is VGA, the other doesn't say.

The two ports are not one space on the back of my computer, it is two ports seperated. For example, one port is at the Top-Back of my pc, the other is at Top-Bottom.

I know everything is plugged in and connected correctly, because both monitors get power, that isn't an issue.

My secondary monitor is a blank black screen. When I swap my primary monitor to be my second, it says no signal.
If none of this fixes my issue, and google cant, I will upload pictures. And if all that fails, I will just have to give up dual monitors...

A:No Secondary Monitor Icons. Help Please!

If the ports are not next to each other at the back of the computer, then they're not both on the graphics card. It sounds like you're trying to use the card and the onboard graphics at the same time.

The Radeon 9600 has 2 graphics ports (VGA and DVI). Plug both monitors into these ports, using a VGA-DVI adpapter if necessary.

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I have a theater room with a projector as my main display. I have recently bought an old Mimo UM-740 7" touchscreen. I have it working as a secondary display, problem is, the touch screen is moving the mouse on the main display.

Is there a way to have just the touchscreen have touch features and not act as a track pad for the main display??

Ideally, I will have a media player on the main screen, and be able to select videos/music to play from the 7" touchscreen.

Please help. Thanks.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1300 and I have XP. Last week I bought a new LCD TV so I bought a VGA cable and hooked up the laptop to the TV. Initially everything was fine, I was using the extended monitor function and both my notebook and LCD monitors were working.
Yesterday morning I used the extended monitor function and it was running smoothly. I turned the extended function off and just used my notebook monitor as I didnt require the 2 montors. Later on I switched back onto the extended monitor but this time, my LCD TV was flickering.
The only activity I had done in between extended monitor sessions was install Photoshop CS2.
I know flickering monitor is a common problem so I carried out troubleshooting, and did everything required such as update BIOS, drivers, chenge screen resolutions etc. If the monitor never worked in the first place i could understand, but it has just stopped working.

Any help would be appreciated

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Hello, here's the problem: the display of my secondary monitor suddenly started turning off 1 second after the monitor is turned on. I think the cause was that my new employee physically pressed every button on the monitor repeatedly when she was trying to turn it on (the menu button, the auto button and the sharpness & contrast buttons). Again, everything works perfectly for 1 second, and then the display goes black
Here are the specs:
-secondary monitor: Envision LCD monitor EN-8100e (plug & play monitor)
-CPU: compaq presario SR1910 NX, AMD Sempro
-Windows XP
-Display adapter: NVIDIA GEforce 7300 SE/7200 GS, location: PCI Slot 7 (PCI bus 2, device 0, function 0)

I tried troubleshooting (display/properties/settings/advanced/troubleshooting) but it says everything's working correctly and nothing was solved.
I tried turning everything off and on and rebooting, and I plugged the power on and off...nothing.


A:Secondary Monitor turns off after 1 second

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Hi there,  At work we have an extra HP Slate 21. I would like to use this computer as just a secondary monitor. Is this possible? If so, would someone be able to help me on the configuration to do this? Thank you!~Natalie 

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PC secondary monitor won't turn off when holding in the on/off button(turns on ok). When trying to turn of the power light goes from green to orange but won't turn off, unless I remove the main power plug. Could there be a sensor at fault to prevent the monitor from switching ?

A:PC secondary monitor won't turn off

Brand/Model of monitor is really needed for this.

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I have seen a couple dual monitor problems on this forum, but no solutions for my issue. I have Win7 32 with dual 4850 cards and CCC installed with Crossfire configured. I am using 2 20" LCD monitors, my primary works fine. Windows detects my second 20" monitor and I have set the resolution and that it should extend my desktop but there is no display.
When windows is loading both monitors display the Win7 splash page so I know the signal is getting there. Also I have tried resetting the drivers, uninstalling them, etc. At no point have I been able to get windows to display on both monitors. Any ideas?


A:Secondary monitor not displaying

Make sure the settings are applied correctly in CCC and in Windows. The two could be contradicting each other.

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i used to run an S-video patch cord OUT from my laptop to my lcd tv in order to watch movies with my daughter without having to watch it on a 15" screen...

i didnt do it very often so its always pretty much by guess and by golly to do so...

i THINK, just before the last time i had my computer cleaned up, was when i used it this setup successfully. when i plug everything in, set my tv to video or component, all i get on the tv is the PICTURE im using for my desktop (no icons or mouse pointer) and no video playback...

could i have inadvertently deleted a driver or something? its a real drag not being able to use my 'big screen' to watch movies...

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hi need help with my secondary external monitor im using a samsung r440 laptop windows 7 ultimate intel i3 2.40GHz
4gb ram 32 bit ati mobility radeon HD 4500 series now i have an external monitor which used to work perfectly fine i went on a vacation for 1 week when i got back my secondary monitor is detected but the display is black when my screen on my laptop works fine when i take a screen shot it shows that my desktop is ok on the secondary screen i tried to swap monitors but the same problem happend's i updated all my drivers dont know where to go from here please help asap

A:Secondary monitor black out

connect your external monitor. click start and type display. on the search box.

from the search results click connect to an external display
you should be able to choose your external monitor.

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I am currently using a laptop connected to my tv. The tv monitor is my primary display and the laptop screen is my secondary, they are extended to each other.

I am planning to add a third monitor and was thinking of making it touch screen. Would this work? Everything I have read says that if you use a touch screen it has to be the primary display.

Even better would be if I could not have to extend all 3 monitors together and keep my first 2 extended to each other and have the third(touch screen) just run the 1 program I want to use it for.

Sorry if that didnt make alot of sense, Im having trouble trying to word what im trying to ask.

A:Use touchscreen as secondary monitor?

First things first, does your laptop video card support 3 monitors? Just because it has 3 monitor connectors doesn't mean it can actually run three monitors. You didn't give any system info or fill in your system specs in your profile so its hard to give accurate advise.

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I just got a brand new custom built pc computer (windows Vista ultimate 64bit). I am using it to play high quality audio and view video through a projector. I tried connecting the secondary monitor but it doesn't have that option in the Nvidia properties, in the settings it only has the primary display. Need to show important powerpoint presentation and the computer is setting me up to fail . Help

Appreciate any responses

A:HELP Can't Connect Secondary Monitor

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Im trying to use my LCD HDTV as a secondary monitor, but when I plug it in to the HDMI port on my laptop it automatically makes the TV my main monitor and wont let me switch it in the display settings. The box for "Make this my main monitor" for the laptop screen is greyed out and I can not click on it. I can however extend the screen to the laptop screen.

If you need any other info just let me know but this is killing me.


A:Help with adding a secondary monitor.

I don't understand what you are trying to do, but to change settings like that (at least with windows 7, not sure about vista) press the windows key and X and it brings up windows mobility center and then click connect display and it gives a lot of choices.

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To start: I know this makes no sense.

I have an hp dv5215us that I have been running off a power cable with no battery for quite some time now, hooked up to a secondary display, a Dell E151FPp. Every now and then I will unhook the secondary display and take the laptop with me to work without issues. Last night I popped my Win 7 install disk while running XP to install, clicked what I needed to, and let the install disk run. Now that Win 7 is installed, I am running into the following two issues:

1) When the secondary monitor is unplugged, the computer will not power on, let alone boot. No blue lights, nothing.

2) When the computer is on and I unplug the secondary display (I learned the hard way), the laptop powers off instantly, as if I unplugged it from the power source.

I looked in device manager under monitors and it only shows one. I am getting mirror screens now, and under the display options, the resolution options available to me look like those for the secondary monitor, not for the laptop monitor. I installed Windows 7 with the secondary plugged in.

I bought a new battery for the laptop online last night. I know it sounds like a hardware issue rather than an OS issue, but the laptop and secondary display didn't move anywhere since it was running without issues in XP, so unless there was some kind of short or something while the installation was taking place, I can't think of why this would be happening.

Any suggestions?

A:PC powers down without secondary monitor

figured it out. please delete, i guess. sorry!

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Hi guys,

I decided to purchase a Samsung LED monitor and have connected it up to my pc using a HDMI cable. I recieve the picture on the screen but no audio, been spending the majority of today trying to solve the issue but have landed short.

My set up is a AMD A10-5800K APU, 8 GB ram and using windows 7 64 bit. The monitor I purchased is a Samsung LED monitor T32E310EX.

Currently the speaker symbol has an x next to it, when I click it it tries to fix the problem. When I right click it and go to playback device it shows Digital Audio HDMI (High Definition Audio Device) as my default device but no sound bars next to it. If anyone could help me out that would be great thanks

A:New monitor, HDMI connection between Pc and monitor but no sound

Have you configured your speaker setup to use Monitor Speakers rather than external speakers?

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I have Lumia 950 and I was trying to install Viber on Window 10 PC and I can't scan the code as the scanner on my phone is not working for some reason. I tried sending myself the link to the activation but when I respond yes to a question if I am sure I want to enable viber on a secondary device, I get the page is unavailable notice. Is there anything that can be done?

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Instead of installing programs on the main OS Drive and installing on a secondary drive or partition, I should still be able to run the programs if I decide to format the OS drive and reinstall Windows. Is this right?

If so, the problem I'm seeing is that Windows won't know those programs are installed (like using the search bar to find programs or the program list) since whatever registry entries the program installer made will be wiped. Is there an easy way to back it up?

Or is it advisable to just reinstall everything when I reformat?

A:Installing programs on secondary drive

Even if programs are installed on a secondary drive you would need to reinstall them if you format your system drive.

During the install, data is written to the registry that would be near impossible to duplicate.

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I'm currently using a laptop that has two harddrives (C and D). I currently have Windows XP installed on my C drive and wish to upgrade to Windows 7, however, I do not want to go through the pain of reformatting that drive and reinstalling all my programs, so is there some way I can install Windows 7 on my D drive, but without having to clear my C drive?

A:Installing Win7 on a secondary drive

I believe that when you start the installation process, you can choose which drive it will install to, but it might have to be the one where XP is installed if it's only an upgrade version.

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I successfully installed a secondary 80 gig hard drive into my wife's Compaq EVO computer using Windows 2000 professional. However, I can't map it as a network drive, because it won't show up on the list. This is a secondary hard drive. How do I get the computer to recognize it? Thanks in advance.

A:Installing a secondary hard drive

Is teh drive partitioned and formatted? It must be both before it iwll be recognized for use. Not familiar with Win 2000 but if it has Computer management and disk management check to see if the drive is partitioned, if not right click it and partition the drive. That might do the trick.

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Hi, i have took a hard drive from an old laptop that is no longer needed and would like to put it into my desktop. I do not need any files from the hard drive, i just want to use it for additional storage as my desktop hard drive is near full. My desktop hard drive is IDE and the laptop one is SATA, when i connect the laptop hard drive and boot up my computer it says detected new device and i can see it in my computer, altough after about 1 minute it disappers, when i right click my computer and go to manage and disk management the drive is not there so i am unable to do anything there, if i go to device manager the drive is listed here. I cant find a way to format the drive so i can use it. Any help would be appreciated, and if you need any other details i will be here the rest of the night.


A:Installing secondary hard drive

Jumpers set how?

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Greetings all, new here... Generally fend for myself when it come to these sorts of things but after hours of following threads and uninstalling/reinstalling drivers, connecting, disconnecting, I figured I'd try to get some help.

Just bought this machine, Asus K50IN laptop with an Nvidia G102M 512mb graphics card in it. I work as a DJ and VJ and this is my primary machine and means of living, it needs to be reliable in different scenarios and work its a*s off an average of 5 nights a week.

So long story short: bought machine, installed a clean version of Win 7 Ultimate and then all relevant drivers... Things worked great the first week. No issues. Then 2 nights ago I plugged into my normal rig (a toshiba projector with an extension monitor daisy chained to it at one of the clubs I work in) and everything was tinted bright pink. I messed with it for a few minutes but I was late already and there were people to entertain so I played anyway with this weird pink tint over everything.

Last night, back to work again... Came early to try and fix the bugger before I would be pressured to play. Adjusted settings in Nvidia control panel, messed with color, resolution, etc. At some point while doing this the secondary display went black and never came back on.

I have reset all settings, completely uninstalled, updated, etc etc etc... Even on my secondary monitor at home, same deal. Monitor is on and says all is fine and working properly but my desktop won't extend to the sec... Read more

A:Secondary VGA monitor on and recognized but black!

Quote: Originally Posted by nzl

... bought machine, installed a clean version of Win 7 Ultimate and then all relevant drivers... Things worked great the first week. No issues. Then 2 nights ago I plugged into my normal rig (a toshiba projector with an extension monitor daisy chained to it at one of the clubs I work in) and everything was tinted bright pink.


At some point while doing this the secondary display went black and never came back on.

I have reset all settings, completely uninstalled, updated, etc etc etc... Even on my secondary monitor at home, same deal. Monitor is on and says all is fine and working properly but my desktop won't extend to the second monitor. It stays black. Mouse rolls over there then takes its time coming back. It's on, and the computer thinks everything is hunky dory.

I've tried about everything software wise I can think of and am starting to think the VGA out may be buggered.


Hi nzl! I am a new poster here as well!

I am inclined to agree that your "VGA out may be buggered". If you are plugging two separate known working "monitors" into your laptop vga port and neither is displaying anything, then it is pretty good deductive analysis that the vga port is "buggered".

The reason I agree with your final (if hesitant) analysis is that, after the initial install, you stated that everything worked fine. Then after a bit things went pink. And th... Read more

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So, I have an unconventional setup. I don't have any standard speakers on my computer, and for the longest time I just used headphones.
Recently I won a 19" LCD TV in a contest and decided to use it as a second monitor. I also decided to use it's speakers to play sound when I don't want to use headphones.
It's hooked up with a mini-display port adapter to HDMI. Sound usually plays without a problem, so I know its not the adapter that's causing issues.

The problem I am having is: if I don't start the computer with both monitors already powered on, then sound won't play on the secondary monitor. The weird thing is I don't even have the option to select the HDMI output as the primary sound device, even though when everything is working correctly I do.

So my question is: Is there a setting that I'm overlooking to get everything to work smoother?

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Hi, as the title says i've had a this monitor for quite some time as the primary monitor, i recently got my 144hz asus monitor and it has been flashing on and off irregulary since then...
In my room i have a HDMI network, 2 from boxes to tv via a digital HDMI hub to the tv, i run one HDMI from my computer to a hub where the signal can be set to go either to the monitor or to the TV digital HDMI hub, ALL, i repeat ALL connections are working flawlessly, i ran the monitor on the same HDMI network when it was primary, (Total cable lenght about 5M)

I have NO idea what's wrong, the GPU is working flawlessly, the other 2 monitors are problem free and the flashing benq monitor is working fine when it's not flashing..

AS i said, the flashing is not consistant, it's only black for like 1 second, it rearly flashes when im not having anything on the monitor and when i do use the monitor it flashes more frequently, when it really hates me it flashes every second...

Note however that the flashing is more random than not.. even though it seems to flash more often when im using it thats not always true..

I have also already had 3 monitors on this setup but it was another monitor.. But i use the exact same ports (Exept for the changed DVI-D cable (Single-Link changed to Dual-Link)

Edit: (Optional) i also have a problem where 2 of my monitors are really REALLY "laggy" (Like they are capped to 30Hz) but the primary is fine (144Hz), when i change primary monitor setting in wind... Read more

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I have my toolbar on my secondary monitor and I can't switch to the secondary monitor with my mouse as it used to. I also have my Control Panel on the secondary monitor so I cant open it, and I don't know what would happen if I restart or shut down my computer. I could only open some programs up with icons on my primary monitor. I'm pretty worried here.

A:Cannot switch mouse to Secondary Monitor

Hi, welcome to the Forum.

Have you tried using the Windows Key & the P key at the same time, which should open a selection of monitor set ups & you can use the arrow keys to switch from one to the other.

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So I have just installed my secondary monitor simply to multi task as I play games on my primary one. Everything was going well until I did something stupid I wanted to switch it and make my games come on my secondary and browse on my primary. When I did that I didn't like it so I undid it. When I did that I launched a game from steam and I looked over at my screen and half of it is taken up my my primary screen.
So say I had chrome open I put it to the far left of my primary screen where the game pops up I launch a game and half of chrome is on my secondary monitor and I didn't put it there. Sorry not the best explanation but it's the best I got at almost 1am any help Plz I need to know soon thx.

A:Secondary monitor resolution messed up

Tell us, how did you make your game show up on the secondary monitor ?

If you drag chrome to either monitor, that`s where it should stay.

Turn off the pc.

Unplug the secondary monitor, re boot windows. All should be fine now.

Run your game, open your browser etc. see if things are fine.

Turn off the pc, re connect the second monitor.

Restart the pc, all should be fine now.

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Seems to be a mission!! Normally to be able to use dual monitors on terminal server, we need to use additional softwares so that the giant (span) display can be divided into two equally..
All windows program normally remembers where is was closed last and open on the same same monitor next time it is open.

But this is not the case when using other programs, it tends to open the child window on the secondary screen and the parent window on the main page..

Any idea how this can be fixed and make both child and parent window open either in the main screen or secondary screen?!

Thanks so much...


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I just got an HP Sprout for personal use. I have a separate PC laptop for work that I use at home, and would love to be able to connect it to my Sprout so that I can use the Sprout's large screen as a secondary monitor to view my laptop work. Is that possible?

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Im having an issue with my second monitor and can't seem to figure it out. Hopefully someone here has an idea.

Im running Win7 Ultimate and have just installed a new Sapphire Radeon 5850 video card with dual DVI. I hooked up my monitors, and the first monitor runs correctly and is detected as PNP, while the second (Acer AL2216W) is detected as a generic non PNP monitor.

The acers resolution is locked at 640X480 making it completely unusable. The default resolution of this monitor is 1680x1050 I believe.

Ive installed the latest catalyst drivers several times to no avail. I can not locate a 64bit driver for the monitor itself. Ive tried to install the 32bit driver for the monitor off of the Acer website, but when I go to update the driver, Windows tells me the current driver is up to date, and doesnt install anything.

Is there something Im missing? Both monitors worked fine with an old Nvidia 7900GT that I was previously using, but that card has now died. So whats the trick to getting this monitor to work?

A:Secondary Monitor Resolution Problem

Issue Resolved. Went through the monitors on screen menu and found that it was set to analog input for some reason. Strange since it was on DVI before and working fine. Anyway, changed to digital and the monitor now shows up correctly and is displaying at its default resolution.

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ok so i have an old hp laptop which overheats and never works and has a broken hd, basicaly a piece of crap. the monitor works for it however, so i was wondering if i can use my current monitor along with the laptop's. ive disconnected it already and looking at it, it would fit perfectly to the right of my monitor if i was to place it sideways. so i was wondering if it was possible to make it do this? ive read some threads about this but they had no detail. its an hp laptop. this is the exact make
Product Specifications - HP technical support (Andorra - English)
is there a chip that i need? or do i just connect the wires somewhere? i would like to do this project, and with your help im sure it will be possible. thanks

A:using an old laptop lcd as a secondary monitor+webcam

You would need to find the pinout diagram of the monitor and wire/splice it up so that it works by connecting it to your graphics card. For example, to a VGA connector.

Not terribly difficult but probably not worth the effort at all, imho.

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I have Dell XPS M1530 and every time i plug in a second monitor it is not at all recognized by my computer. I've tried two different monitors and it happened with both I also tried restarting with the second monitor. Also, when I had vista I did this and it always worked with the same equipment. So I don't know if I'm maybe missing a driver or something. Help please.

A:Computer Does not recognize secondary monitor

I'm assuming you have NVidia graphics?? If so, try this from their website to austomatically find missing drivers:
NVIDIA Driver Downloads - Automatically Detect NVIDIA Products
Hope this helps somewhat.

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My monitor which does turn on fine with other computers.  Doesn't turn back on when my laptop turns it off (due to inactivity [ie not asleep or anything]).  Changing the resolution or changing the project settings (ie extend, duplicate, etc) doesn't fix it only unplugging it an plugging it back in.
xps 15 9550.  All latest drivers from dell.
The monitor is plugged in via hdmi (kds brand)

A:Secondary monitor won't turn off after the xps 15 turns it off.

Hi RobbGee,
I would suggest you to connect a different monitor to check if you face the same issue. Also, please consider to uninstall and reinstall the video card driver from Dell website as these drivers are tested on the Dell system. Please follow the steps mentioned below to uninstall the video card.

Open the charms bar by moving the mouse to right top corner of the screen and in the search box, Start typing devmgmt.msc and then press enter.
Select the Display adapters listed and right click on it.
Now select properties.
In the properties window, under Driver tab, click on Uninstall button.
Check “Delete the driver software for this device.”
You want to delete the driver click OK.

After the uninstall finishes restart the system. Then reinstall the Intel video card driver first and then Nvidia/AMD card driver (If system is configured with discrete video card) on the system for issue resolution. Please enter your service tag # on the link below, select the OS, then download the video card drivers from Video section onto the system and install it.
Please let me know if this helps.

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Also I got some picture for you guys:

Whenever I play a game I need to go into clone mode so both monitors display the same image. When I exit out of the game I go back into extended desktop mode. Well what usually happens is when I go into clone mode half the icons move over to the opposite side of the monitor. Then when I exit clone mode back into extended desktop mode, the start menu is on the wrong monitor and I cant mouse over to the monitor from the correct side of the monitor. I have to go to the incorrect side of the monitor to mouse over to the other monitor. Here is a print screen of what I do step by step:

My monitor in extended desktop mode:

Then I go into clone mode and the icons move to the other side of the monitor:

This is what the display properties menu looks like at the moment:

At this moment I choose the default monitor to be the primary monitor ( the secondary monitor for some reason seems to become the default monitor when I go into clone mode)

Here I choose to make the default monitor the primary monitor and I choose the secondary monitor to be the extended desktop monitor. At this point the video card always switches the monitors around. Monitor number one becomes two and two becomes one. Also the mouse does not mouse over correctly. The arrows indicate the direction I need to move the mouse to get over to the other monitor.

Then I switch the monitors around on the little “1” and “2” blue boxes that indicate the monitors position ... Read more

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I recently purchased a new laptop. (Acer 5750G) and everything is working great so far except I am having trouble with my secondary monitor being recognized.

The way I would like my computer set up is with my main display as my 24" monitor (Acer P244W) and my laptop monitor as my secondary display.

I currently have this set up through HDMI; however, I am running into a problem whenever I turn my laptop first on or it is returning from sleep mode. My external display does not automatically know that I have restarted my laptop and does not turn the screen on. I have found a very annoying temporary fix to this problem which is to turn my monitor off then on again whenever I first turn my computer on or come back to my computer when it is in sleep / hibernate. The monitor will come back if returning from the screen saver; it only doesn't recognize the signal when the monitor itself is in sleep mode.

The monitor worked fine on my desktop before the laptop (I went from DVI on my desktop to HDMI on the monitor), but now I am going straight from HDMI to HDMI. If I use the VGA port on my laptop and monitor, it works as well, but I would much prefer to use HDMI over VGA.

I am at a loss on how to fix this problem and I haven't been able to find anyone else with a similar problem.

One thing I would like to look into but don't really know how is the NVIDIA Optimus which may potentially be causing an issue.

Thank you for your time and help,


A:Having Trouble Getting Secondary Monitor to Recognize

Bump. I hope this thread didn't get overlooked because of the time at which I created it.

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I've got two monitors connected to my computer. There is an application that I want to open in the secondary monitor, however if I drag it over to the desired monitor it will still open in the primary monitor on next startup unlike most other programs.

So I were wondering if I can make some changes to the shortcut to force it into the desired monitor, either by adding some fancy stuff after the target of the shortcut or by launching it with some bat file etc.

anyone know how? :P

Thanks in advance

A:how to Force window into secondary monitor?

Quote: Originally Posted by flashist

I've got two monitors connected to my computer. There is an application that I want to open in the secondary monitor, however if I drag it over to the desired monitor it will still open in the primary monitor on next startup unlike most other programs.

So I were wondering if I can make some changes to the shortcut to force it into the desired monitor, either by adding some fancy stuff after the target of the shortcut or by launching it with some bat file etc.

anyone know how? :P

Thanks in advance

- what is the app that is giving you the problem..??

PS: nice rig..!!

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