Trouble hooking external Viewsonic monitor to Toshiba laptop
There is no picture coming up on the external monitor with a standard monitor cable. It has teh desktop image, but no icons or mouse toggle between screens?
how do I get this to work so the laptop desktop display is the same on teh external monitor?
Re: trouble hooking external Viewsonic monitor to Toshiba...
If I understand You are using a Monitor connecting the Monitor...
and the background is shared byboth the display however the Cursor stays only on one of them at a time.However it can be toggled among the 2.
then this Feature is called the Extended Display.
Use the same Key Combination that you would use for external Display one More time and it should Work.
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Connection the monitor depends on the connections you have out of your Toshiba laptop.
The monitor has both VGA and DVI.
If the Toshiba has a VGA out, all you need is a VGA cable available online, computer or electronics store.
If the Toshiba has an HDMI out, you can connect it to the DVI on the monitor with an HDMI cable and an HDMI to DVI Adapter.
You can also use USB out with either a VGA converter or a DVI converter (go with DVI for the better picture). Converters can be found online at Amazon, you may also need a standard male to male DVI cable to use with the converter.
Laptops dating back some 10yrs ago had VGA ports on them. Unless your Toshiba is a dinosaur, it should also contain the VGA port. From this port, you could hook up an external desktop style monitor and still use your laptop.
If the power light dims or changes color after the no signal message comes up, that means the monitor went to sleep. While the monitor is plugged in and on and the computer is also on, Try unplugging the VGA cable from the monitor. wait 30 seconds and then plug it back in o see if the power button light comes back to normal color and the screen flashes on. If not, then the monitor is not getting a signal from the computer. If using a desktop computer,Try a different cord or try the monitor on another computer. If using a laptop, you need to activate the laptop to use an external monitor. That can be done through the display settings, OR, most laptops have a shortcut key feature which usually involves pushing the Fn key and one of the F keys at the same time. The F key may say CRT/lcd or have a picture of a monitor and a screen. If the power light does light back up and still no picture, There may be an internal issue on the monitor
Make sure cables are properly connected in both ends. If you have it hooked up to a laptop, make sure the external monitor is enabled. Usually you can toggle this with the "Fn" key + one of the F1-F8 keys pressed at the same time.
Also check that no pins in the cable are bent or damaged. Try to connect a different monitor to the PC to see if your monitor is at fault, and/or a different PC to your monitor.