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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Sounds like your screen is going bad. It's either the screen or the
video card inside of the computer, but most likely it's the lcd screen.
Try connecting an external monitor to the laptop. You can Borrow a
monitor from a neighbor, friend, relative or co-worker to connect to the
Plug in an external monitor and see if
display shows up on it. It can be any kind of monitor even the old big
monitors as long as it has a vga cable to connect to your computer's vga
port. If the external monitor displays correctly that proves your video
card is ok and your lcd screen is bad. If the external monitor
displays the same as your lcd screen then your video card has a
problem. The video will show
on most systems when you reboot without you having to do anything. Some
will require you to hit the FN (Function key) + F1 thru F12. Hold down
the FN key then hit the correct key for displaying on the monitor (F1
F12). The correct key will normally have CRT/LCD on it or it will have
the icon of a display.
Most likely it is a fault with the external monitor, either an inverter circuit board or the CCFL lamp. To confirm if the laptop video card is faulty, connect another external monotor to the laptop and if the monitor is OK then it confirms the Samsung monitor is faulty.
1 Right-click an open area of the desktop.
2 Click Personalize. The Personalize appearance and sounds window
3 Click Display Settings.
4 Select the external LCD monitor in the drop-down menu.Monitors and Displays 51
5 In the Display Settings window, move the Resolution slider bar to the left
or right to select a screen resolution that matches the native resolution of
the external LCD monitor.
6 Click OK.
1 Right-click an open area of the desktop.
2 Click Properties. The Display Properties window appears.
3 Select the Settings tab.
4 Select the external LCD monitor in the Display drop-down menu.
5 Under the Screen resolution section, move the slide bar to the left or right
to select a screen resolution that matches the native resolution of the
external LCD monitor.
6 Click OK.
Hi,Well Try running it in safe mode,press F8 constantly as you power-up the system,you cant change resolution here but i think you can do system restore,if it does not work,try connecting to an external monitor with a higher screen size than yours,like if yours is a 14" inch look for 15" or 17" inches an connect to laptop select resolution and reduce it to the lowest 800x600 or lower,shut down,disconnect external monitor and restart.
Hi there. When you connect an external display, your laptop clones your desktop to the external display, including resolution settings. First you need to check what resolution settings the plasma can display. If your laptop is set to a resolution that the external monitor can't display, then you will lose the display once the resolution settings are loaded. You can change the laptop resolution in your Display Settings.
If you don't know what settings the external monitor can display, just open your Display Settings and set your laptop resolution to 1024x768. Almost all new monitor/tv's can display it. Connect your external display, and see what happens. If it works, but the resolution doesn't look right, then just move the resolution along one more, until you find one you're comfortable with.
N.B. Some monitors/tv's "jump" resolutions. i.e. the monitor can display 1024x768, 1300x768, but not 1280x800.
Another thing to remember is that if you are running Windows Vista, you may need to check that the Windows Mobility Center recognises the external display that you are trying to use. You can find Windows Mobility Center by clicking Control Panel, then Mobile PC. It should now be listed on the screen.
Let me know how it goes, and if it works, please rate.
Initially, have you tried pressing Fn + F? keys on the notebook to cycle through the choices; notebook display, notebook display + external, external only. The F? key would be one of the function keys with the small monitor icon.
Additionally, you may want to lower not only the screen resolution but likewise with the screen refresh rates.
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