Setting correct screen resolution for external monitor
Hi - I'm trying to connect a new Samsung 931BW SynchMaster external monitor to an old TE2100 - but whenever I try the laptop will not let me set the resolution to 1400 x 900. The bigger screen will be for occasional rather than full time use so I've ID'd it as screen 2. As screen 2 - the maximum it will offer me seems to be 1024 x 768. I've tried following all the options provided by the Toshiba help system and updated drivers off the web - and also loaded the CD ROM drivers, but still can't get past the smaller resolution which looks odd and has a lot of black around the edges. The laptop specs suggest it can run an external monitor with resolutions in excess of 1400 x 900.
Obviously doing something wrong - but I cannot figure out what it is. Any suggestions welcome.
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Instead of looking to the laptop drivers, try looking for the monitor drivers. If there aren't any, then research the video card for the machine to see if the specs you have are wrong. If there aren't any drivers for the monitor, then the drivers at Toshiba's support site should work, since they don't, I'm going to say it's in the video card.
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Hi there, if i read you correctly you are trying to connect external monitor on laptop. As you use old Monitor for this you can probably establish only VGA connection . For this you dont need any special drivers if you use VGA external connector on laptop. You just need to find out right combination on keyboard to activate external monitor to be activated or right click on desktop then properties and display option multiple displays. Of course when you manage to activate mode for external screen please use lower resolution like 1027*768 for second display aka monitor to test .Cheers
Hook a spare monitor to the computer to insure there is no problem, if everything checks out okay,the problem is in the Samsung screen display and is not cost effective to repair, far cheaper to buy new. But if both screens show the same problem, it is a video graphics card issue in the computer, one further thing if the video cord is detachable from both ends, sub another cord.
It shouldn't make any difference which monitor you are connecting to any computer. In fact, I am running a 19" HP Flat Panel on my Dell Dimension 2400 right now. It is NOT a wide screen monitor as the Dell built in graphics card will not support the RESOLUTION RATIO required for the wide screen. Check what setting is "native resolution" for your monitor and see if your graphics card will support it. If not, using your old monitor, try different resolution settings. Right click on your desk top, click on properties and that should bring up the display properties box. Try a lower setting as larger settings are the ones that will give you a black screen. It will probably give you a smaller picture on your old monitor, or perhaps smaller or larger icons on the desk top. Accept the new settings, turn off your computer and switch monitors, and turn your computer back on. If you get a picture, but it does not fill the whole screen or the icons seem too large or small, then go back into properties from the desktop and try a different resolution ratio until the picture seems correct.
Does the monitor remain on does it switch off?
Problem seems to be hardware related ie monitor itself is defective.Try connecting to another known working system.If monitor is defective it could be a power/inverter related issue or panel could be defective.
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Prior to attaching the SynchMaster and if there is another monitor, pls try lowering the Screen Resolution of your Display Properties. It may also be necessary to lower down the Screen Refresh Rates. In some video card, you may have to activate Twin/Extended view or enable the use of a second monitor assuming that your regular monitor is connected to the standard 15pin VGA and that the Samsung would be the 2nd monitor using the DVI.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.