Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Cant output to external monitor only

08 Jul 2009   #1
Tippx

Windows 7/Vista
 
 
Cant output to external monitor only

Im running 7 on my laptop, and im trying to get it to output only to my external monitor when the lid is closed. I can get it to extend my desktop, but when i close the lid, it turns off the external monitor. I have set Windows 7 to do nothing when lid is closed. Is there anyone else with this problem?
I have an Dell Inspiron 1525, with Intel x3100 integrated graphics, if that helps.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
08 Jul 2009   #2
OEM

OS3.5
 
 

Hi & Welcome to the Forum,

There typically are 3 settings:

1. Notebook Only
2. External Only
3. Notebook & External (extend or clone)

Have you tried to switch before closing the notebook lid to both 2 & 3?

Think on most dells its FN + F8. Try pressing FN +F8 to display only external before closing notebook.

Lastly, have you checked to make sure the notebook is staying awake when lid is closed?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Jul 2009   #3
Tippx

Windows 7/Vista
 
 

Just fixed this, for anyone googling/searching who has the same problem, try downloading the drivers from intel here (I was using the drivers from Windows update before)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

08 Jul 2009   #4
OEM

OS3.5
 
 

Glad to hear you got it, thanks for posting.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Jul 2009   #5
7echno7im

Windows 7 7600.16384 x64
 
 

Usually one of the function and F* keys will switch the monitor output. I think this is control at the hardware level regardless of drivers. Try that next time.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Feb 2010   #6
Drakinius

Windows 7
 
 
I'm having this problem too.

Just installed 7 on my Dell vostro 1500. I have an Nvidia Gforce 8400GM video card. Any help would be greatly appreciated! I've been googling for a solution to this for hours and this is the closest I've come.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Feb 2010   #7
Drakinius

Windows 7
 
 
Also..

Also, I've tried the FN+F8 route and it does the same thing. Both screens go blank and the LCD TV (external monitor) says invalid format. Its almost like when the lid is closed it changes the resolution to a non displayable one. Happens with both FN+F8 and the lid close method. I never had this problem with XP. Please help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Feb 2010   #8
Drakinius

Windows 7
 
 
Problem solved

Previously I downloaded the Windows 7 driver from the Nvidia website. With nothing else to loose, and knowing that Vista and 7 operate on the same basic architecture I downloaded the vista driver update from Dell's driver page and that did the trick. I guess the Nvidia 7 driver is buggy...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Cant output to external monitor only




Thread Tools






Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
No HDMI output to second monitor
After a Windows 7 Starter update my LT 40 Gateway no longer sends a signal to my Samsung TV via HDMI. The only way is if I shut them off and turn the TV on as the pc boots but it keeps reverting to the laptop screen after a while. It was working fine until the last security updates. How can it be...
Hardware & Devices
Dell Laptop external monitor = OK, attached monitor = BSOD
My old dell laptop L502x is a bit quirky and caused me to buy a desktop, however, i think it is still saveable. when i have it display to an external monitor via hdmi, it works 100% with no problems. however, when i use the monitor that is physically attached to the laptop, i will get a " A clock...
BSOD Help and Support
Vista to 7 upgrade, no monitor output after start
I'm having an issue with my monitor displaying anything during the upgrade from 64bit Vista Ultimate to 64bit 7 Ultimate. I've searched the forums a bit but it seems like most similar problems, the user is able to boot into safe. The BIOS screen comes up, followed by the "starting Windows"...
Installation & Setup
HDMI output not working to my primary monitor
I have Win7 ultimate, 2xNvidia 480GTX running in SLI and an ASUS VE278 monitor. It works fine using DVI but when I connect the monitor to the gc with the HDMI cable and switch the monitor to HDMI mode I get the Windows background, but no mouse pointer or anything to work with. If I try and boot the...
Graphic Cards
Output sound to external DAC
Hello all, I am new to the forums and my laptop.However I have one question about my sound, Is it possible to take the sound from my laptop without is passing though my laptops DAC (Digital to Analauge converter) and feed the sound into the DAC on my Cyrus CD player 6XP (2010...
Sound & Audio
Cant output to external monitor only (Different Issue)
Cant output to external monitor only Im running 7 on my laptop, and im trying to get it to output only to my external monitor when the lid is closed. I can get it to extend my desktop, but when i close the lid, it turns off the external monitor. I have set Windows 7 to do nothing when lid is...
Graphic Cards


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:04.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App