Solution for issues with screen being not refreshed properly when laptop's lid is closed, involves exchanging "ACPI lid" driver with something else:
VERY EASY SOLUTION:
- open device manager
- in "System devices" find "ACPI lid"
- Open "ACPI lid" properties, and go to "Driver" tab.
- Select "Update driver"
- Choose "Browse my computer for driver software" and "Let me pick.." uncheck "Show compatible hardware"
- And now...in "Manufacturer" select "(Standard system devices)" and model: "Volume manager" (yes, "Volume manager")
- next, next, restart the system and it works!
ON WINDOWS 7 x64 ( Post Found:
Please note that starting from some specific version of Windows 10, the Volume Manager is now filed under 'Microsoft' manufacturer name, and not inside '(Standard system devices)' where it used to be.
Please also note that you will lose the ability to define an action like hibernation/sleep on closing the lid (relevant drop-down list will just disappear from Power Options Control Panel applet).
This might look like a contradiction but I'd love to have both - ability to hibernate the laptop once office worker closes the lid and - at the same time - ability to remotely use the laptop once wakeup timer (or me, via Wake-On-Lan, where applicable) wakes it in the evening.
I suspect that each year with major Win'10 update you will probably have to repeat there steps as Windows will likely redetect ACPI Lid.
I guess that it is just a matter of changing the driver to anything else that won't BSOD, not necessarily Volume Manager, or maybe disabling the 'ACPI Lid' driver will suffice, but I've did just what the instruction said.
This solution is either underrepresented here on SuperUser, or completely absent, since - after reading several questions - I was about to buy not less than 12 HDMI dummy plugs (honestly, I needed just a half of that, but didn't tested then), which is not an ideal solution (something sticks out from the laptop, costs money and is not strictly necessary, as the issue is just a software thing). I've also considered some virtual monitor software, but found none.
This allowed me to 'fix' 5 out of 8 Win'10 laptops, that used to cease refreshing image on the screen with lid closed (three others were not affected, as well as two with Windows 7 and two with Windows 8.1).
Strange thing is that there's no rule as for my 8 laptops. Older machines upgraded to Win'10 (one with forced ATI Radeon x1270 driver, that Win'10 insists on uninstalling with major update each year, another one with ATI Radeon HD 3400 - each has got a VGA out AFAIR) don't exhibit such a behavior. Newish machines from Win'10 era generally do exhibit such a behavior (one HP 15-RA0XX, three Lenovo Ideapads 110-15IBR 80T7, one Acer Aspire A515-52G), but Lenovo v110-15ISK that is somewhere in-between those older Lenovos and HP, judging by BIOS date, is not affected whatsoever. It ain't also a matter of discrete vs. integrated GPU, as all of those Win'10 era machines - but the Acer - got integrated Intel GPUs.
On one of the older laptops (Gateway M-1631U, the one with forced ATI Radeon x1270 driver) I could even add second fake display, though with only 1024x768 resolution - and in spite of correctly updating the screen with lid closed, I don't need that anyway.) On another older laptop (Toshiba Satellite A300 - the one with ATI Radeon HD 3400) I couldn't, but on this one I don't have to as it also works fine with lid closed.