An external display is a display device, such as a TV, projector, or extra monitor, that is not the primary display for the computer. Use this tag if your question is specific to the external display, rather than about multiple monitors in general.

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Should I turn off my PC when plug/unplug external display?

Should I turn off my PC when plug/unplug external display? Some people don't do that, but I think this is required to keep safe your equipment. Am I correct in thinking this?
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Cannot enter BIOS due to broken screen

Lately my laptop (HP g42 247sb) screen is damaged, so I hook it up with an external monitor (LG something) and it works fine now. The only annoying thing is I cannot navigate the BIOS menu for some ...
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Daisy-chainable DisplayPort Monitors

I am the proud new owner of a MacBook Pro with a mini-DisplayPort. My desk setup used to allow me to position the screen of my old MacBook beside an external monitor, essentially allowing dual-head. ...
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Secondary monitor does not display native resolution

I have a laptop (Acer Aspire 8730G) which runs a GeForce 9300M GS. Its native resolution is 1680x945 pixels. Now, I connected my monitor to it (LG E2250V-PN) with VGA (laptop only has a VGA or HDMI ...
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Is it possible to use a laptop as an external monitor?

I need to create a multi-monitor setup for my desktop computer but I have no additional monitors with me right now, aside from my laptop. Is it possible to use my laptop screen as an external monitor? ...
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windows 7 second monitor switch off after UAC prompt

I have a laptop with a second monitor connected in extended mode. Every time a UAC prompt comes up, both monitors dim, then about 1 or 2 seconds after the prompt goes away, the extended configuration ...
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Does the Microsoft Surface Pro support multiple external monitors over displayport?

Has anyone tested a Microsoft Surface Pro with daisy-chained monitors? How many monitors are supported and at what resolution?
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How to use second PC as extended monitor

I have 2 PC's (notebook). Both have Windows 7 32bit. They are cross connected with LAN cable. How to use PC 2 as extended monitor of PC 1 ? I want to achieve same effect as I would connect external ...
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Start Macbook with lid closed

I want to use my Macbook (early 2010) lid-closed with external monitor, keyboard and mouse. Is it possible to start it lid closed? For example to use it in a Henge Docks station?
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Prevent Windows from resizing all the apps on the desktop when switching monitors

Short version: When moving my laptop and sleeping between using different monitors, all my open windows are crammed into the upper left corner as if they tried to fit on the laptop internal screen ...
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Output to TV only works if monitor is plugged in

I am trying to use my TV as the sole output for a computer. The computer has a graphics card with 2 outputs - one VGA and one DVI. I have the VGA output going to the TV, and when the DVI output is ...
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How to reset video/display drivers in Vista without restarting OS?

Currently I have to reboot my system if an external monitor is hooked up for it to be correctly detected and used. I think it would be faster to restart/reset the video or display drivers instead. ...
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What are the advantages of 10-bit monitors?

To support 10-bit color the following are needed: A monitor supporting it. A GPU supporting it (only AMD FirePro and NVIDIA Quadro support this?). Compatible software. Unless I am mistaken there are ...
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Can I use a 27“ iMac as a additional monitor for another 27” iMac?

I currently have a 27" iMac i7 with the 512mb ATI card. After looking at prices on other Apple displays it appears I can purchase another low-end 27" iMac (Core 2 Duo basic model) for less than a 30" ...
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Make WinXP believe that there is a second monitor? (ATI Radeon Mobility 9000)

See the screenshot below. It shows the Windows display properties in German. I can configure a second display, although I have not connected one. So far, so good. Only it does not work: When I click ...
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Why does the screen resolution of 1440x900 suddenly disappear from Intel GMA Control Panel?

I'm using a Vostro 1200 laptop with the Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset powering its graphics and running Vista 32-bit SP2. I've been using the Vostro with a Dell SE198WFP LCD Monitor as the ...
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What is the maximum resolution that a Thunderbolt monitor can display?

The new MacBook Pro has a resolution of 2880 by 1800 pixels. I don't know how the GPU is connected to the monitor, but a more important question for me is: if there were standalone Retina displays, ...
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Prevent laptop with external monitor from reverting to built-in screen after waking from sleep

I have a new HP Mini Note running Windows 7 Starter. It mostly stays on the desktop with an external widescreen and whenever I'm not using it I close the lid, thus putting it to sleep. Now more often ...
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What is the pixel clock setting on my monitor actually doing?

I am experiencing display interference on a dell 24" flat panel monitor.I find that if I adjust the pixel clock settings up or down in the monitor's on-screen menus, the interference goes away for a ...
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Is there a way to hook up my may 2010 17" macbook pro to two external monitors? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can the new MacBook / MacBook Pro Support Dual EXTERNAL Monitors I think having three screens would be cool =)
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Sudden “No Signal” in HDMI-DVI connection

Yesterday I have connected external display Asus VW192C to my laptop Dell XPS 14-L421X via HDMI-to-DVI-D cable. And it worked perfectly fine from start. The day after, Asus screen went blank showing ...
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Installing Windows on a laptop using an external monitor (main display broken)

I have an HP laptop, and I smashed the display, but I work on an external monitor. I want to reinstall Windows, but the external monitor works only if Windows is installed. What can I do?
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Convert iMac internal LCD panel to external monitor?

My iMac died (power supply issue, out of warranty), so I took it apart to get at the HDD to recover some files. In the process, I managed to remove the LCD panel. My question is: is it possible/does ...
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Laptop + 2 Displays Issue

I'd like to extend the display of my ASUS N53SV-SZ038V to two external monitors. The laptop has one HDMI output and one VGA output. I have each connected to an external monitor. The problem is that ...
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What resolution can the eeePC 1001HA/1101HA handle with an external monitor plugged in?

I would like to buy a new Eee PC 1001HA or 1101HA. I know the max display resolution is: 1024x600 for eeePC 1001 1366x768 for eeePC 1101 But what's the maximum resolution of the graphic board when ...
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How can I make apps launch on an external monitor?

How can I make my apps launch on an external monitor instead of on my MacBook's built-in monitor?
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Secondary Monitor won't Display at Full Resolution with Primary Display Disconnected

I have had a bad day. Among today's events, the LCD display on my Dell E6500 notebook failed. It had been working with a secondary monitor connected through a VGA cable at 1600x900 resolution until ...
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Force the computer to always use current display settings

So I'm having a terrible black screen problem with my new installation of Windows 8. The screen basically goes to black every time I turn it on or sleep, or connect to an external or monitor. I dont ...
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Dell Inspiron 9300 Laptop forgets External monitor (Westinghouse LCD TV) resolution setting on reboot

When I hook my laptop up to my LCD TV via the VGA cable it always starts off with a resolution of 1280x1024. I change it to my desired setting 1920x1080 and all is well until I reboot the computer and ...
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Toshiba Satellite U500 - Totally Damaged LCD

I accidentally damaged my Toshiba Satellite U500 laptop which resulted in a totally unusable LCD. The LCD panel has some cracks on it, and I can only see black & white spots; the laptop frame ...
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My external display is bad with mac book retina display

I have mac book pro retina display 15". I have BENQ monitor GW2450 My the display is not clear and font looks very bad like some white dots in all fonts. Loks like resolution is not right. In the ...
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Does the Samsung NP700Z5A feature a Mini DisplayPort?

These are the specifications of the Samsung NP700Z5A: From these specs, here's a screenshot of one of the port sections: Does the 'Display Port' in this screenshot correspond to a 'Mini Display ...
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How to connect PC to TV using VGA to SCART?

I am trying to connect my Acer Aspire One to my Philips 32" 32PFL3614/12 TV using VGA to SCART. First, I have to say that I can successfully connect my PC to my 17" Philips monitor. When this ...
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Resolution 1920 x 1080 is not available for external monitor

I've just bought myself a nice external monitor for my laptop. My laptop's screen has a resolution of 1920 x 1080. The maximum resolution listed for my graphics card is 2048x1536. However when I plug ...
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Can you use multiple displays with out an extra video card?

Is it at all possible to use multiple displays with only a built in VGA output and no DVI output available?