I have a Toshiba Satellite L50-A 1CX Laptop. And a Philips 220XW8FB/00 monitor. What I want to do is simple. Just connect my Laptop to the monitor via HDMI cable.

And I used to do this without hassle. Like 3 or 4 months ago I connected my Laptop into my monitor without a single problem. But now I've been literally trying every thing for the last 3 days to make it work with no success.

When I connect my Laptop to the monitor via HDMI nothing happens. It says "no video input" on the monitor screen (and yes I select the HDMI option on the monitor.) Also I tried the "windows + P" shortcut to choose what to do with the external monitor and tried all the options clone the screen etc.

So I think something is wrong with the cable or my Laptop's HDMI input. Then I use the same HDMI cable I used and connect my Laptop to my TV. And suddenly it works. Now I think something is wrong with my Monitor.

So I have a internet TV decoder device. (like a netflix thingy) and I connect that to my monitor with the hdmi cable and boom! It works. I can watch TV on my monitor without any problems. The video the audio everything is perfect. So I start to believe that it is somehow software related.

I've been using Windows 10 at the beginning. Since then I uninstalled my laptops both intel&nvidia video drivers and re-install the most updated versions with no success. Format my PC and clean install Windows 10. Clean install windows 7. And lastly clean install Linux Mint. I am writing this one on Linux Mint. And still no success.

My laptop has both VGA and HDMI inputs so I find a VGA cable and connect my laptop to my monitor with it. And it works without issues (I only tried this on Linux Mint) I can connect my monitor using VGA. But as you know you can't get audio with VGA. And also you get better image quality and refresh rates with HDMI. So I want to use HDMI.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance guys..


Is this your keyboard:

Screenshot of Toshiba keyboard

Then try FN key + F4

  • Yes that is my keyboard. I tried that but with no success. It does the same job as "windows key + p". It gives options like clone the screen extern the screen etc. None of them does any good. – mertalp Apr 2 '16 at 22:12
  • Does your Display Settings show the external monitor when it's connected? – Wouter van Zuilen Apr 2 '16 at 22:19
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  • You're right @DavidPostill I need the 50 rep, but it's quite hard to answer some questions without the possibility to ask for extra information through the comments. – Wouter van Zuilen Apr 3 '16 at 9:12
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