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Generic Television Setting

I accidently turn my video setting to generic television instead of plug and play monitor and now i cannot open anything or click on anything or even see my toolbar or desktop icons. Is there a way to fix this?

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Connect an external monitor and set the laptops flatpanel display as primary.
or check in the bios if the laptop display is set to be the primary display

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Good day!

go to display settings then click on monitor tab change graphic monitor to Generic PnP monitor or the installed VGA driver on your computer.

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Monotor screen not stable

Hey, can we get a little more information, laptop, pc, windows, mac, linux, new hardware, are you using anything like a DVI to VGA adapter?

As a generic fix for monitor problems:
1) if you just installed a new video card, new monitor, or video card software, the drivers may not be stable or compatible and you may need to roll back your drivers.
Right Click on "My Computer", click "properties", click the "hardware" tab, click "device manager", expand "display adapters", there should be a video car listed, go to "properties", (click the resources tab and see if there is anything in the "conflicting hardware list" at the bottom) to make sure there are no hardware issues" click the "driver" tab and click on "Roll Back Driver" It should prompt you, click Yes/Ok, restart your computer.
2) -OR- You need to installed drivers for your monitor to check this,
Right Click on "My Computer", click "properties", click the "hardware" tab, click "device manager", expand the "Monitors" tab, Check to see if your specific monitor manufacturer's name and model are listed. If it just says "Default Moniter", "Default plug and play monitor", or "plug and play moniter" you will need to check the disk that should have come with your monitor, -or- the manufacturer's website. Install those drivers as prompted by the manufacturer.

3) -OR- your monitor settings are incorrect, such as your screen resolution is set to something that your monitor does support, or your refresh rate is set out of range of your what your monitor supports.

This fix is quite different depending on your OS, so if its none of the above, please let me know, and I can give more specific advise.

4) Also please note, that sometimes, if you install a new video card, drivers are compatible, everything else is correct, but your power supply on your computer is not large enough to support it, your monitor can flicker, cut out, cause your computer to lock and freeze.

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And your question is? It means you have a standard monitor with no particular special requirements.

Generic - means no special type
PNP - means "plug 'n' play" - in other words the OS already has the driver for this type of equipment.

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How do you get a pic to extend desktop to tv monitor using vha to vga cord? I had no problem when I used a s-video hook up. I plugged in the pc and tv using the s-video cable, Choose Display, extended the...

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HOw do I change my HP laptop from this generic monitor setting to the default. It will not allow me to apply that setting. Everything is large including the pointer and it is very irritating.

Right click on an open area of the desktop screen bringing up the properties dialog box. left click on <properties> then the <settings> tab and make the changes. JC

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O.k. First off a corrupted driver can be as simple as a glitch, and software glitch all the time, it's normal. In this case, it's not a driver, it's going to be the video card. The reason is that the video has a generic driver built in, this allows you to be able to see what you're doing when initially installing the system, then after the install, you download the driver for the particular video card in the machine for the maximum performance. The generic driver also works for any external monitor, until you download the driver for the external, if it supports one. Since the external didn't work, this indicates that the video card has failed and will need replaced. Without being able to view anything, you will not be able to download any drivers or do a bios flash to correct the built in generic driver. The generic driver rarely ever fails and I've never seen a failed, corrupt, or glitched generic in the seven years I've been working on laptops. Take it in for a professional diagnostics if you like, but most likely you're going to have to replace the video card.

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Resolution is normally set from the "Personalize" option of control panel. Under display settings it should say something like "Generic PnP monitor on NVIDIA MCP67M" above where the resolution slider is.

If this has changed to "Generic PnP monitor on (unknown) then your problem lies with the display driver. Visit Nvidia's site for the latest all in one driver for Vista that is suitable for your laptop.

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Using s video output


Two things you can try:
1. You need to Activate your TV OUT feature in the Monitor setting of your display properties and select Clone so as to mirror what you see in your laptop's display in your TV. As you posted, the S cable must already be inserted before powering up your laptop; and/or

2. You may need to lower your laptops screen resolution. Most but not all TV units have lower resolution capacity than monitors. Perhaps try with the lowest possible setting (800X600) and when it shows on your TV, slowly increase till it blanks out again. pressing escape would revert you back to last setting that worked. Additionally you may need to lower likewise your laptop's Color Quality setting and/or the Screen Refresh rate.

Hope that this be of some idea/help. Pls post back how things turned out or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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