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Windows 7: adding a monitor to a laptop

28 Dec 2015   #11
Bongo

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

You should check to see if all the drivers have been installed, go to this page Product Support | Dell US either use the Detect Drivers button or Find it myself tab and use your Service tag number I noticed under the chipset drivers there was one for the memory card reader.

Jerry


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28 Dec 2015   #12
Ridgerunner

win 7 64bit
 
 

Well, that did it. Now I have the proper display and options under Resolution and have the second monitor up and going just as it should be. I am impressed indeed. I could not have done this without this help. The seller of this machine clearly installed Win 7 but didn't do any updates. When I went onto Dell Support it found 10 driver updates, all of which I installed. Then I ran it again and it, I think may have found updates to my updates, which I ran with also. I may even run it again just to make sure. It took over 3 hours on my slow connection to make it all happen and I am a happy guy. My smart card reader is behaving properly and now reads my Canon SD card just fine also, and very fast, and that reader is something that I need a lot.
Many many Thanks to everyone. I'm sure I'll be back and I'm going to pass this information onto someone I know who needs it also.
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29 Dec 2015   #13
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Good to hear that it has got fixed mate sorry I couldn't access the Dell site for drivers all I could find was that page where it said self detect the machine The Dell site like a few others now (Asus comes to mind) have become such a convoluted affair one really needs to hang on to any disk that comes with a product as I do now.

Anyway happy computing and this may be of other help to you Optimize Windows 7
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29 Dec 2015   #14
Ridgerunner

win 7 64bit
 
 

That's a very interesting series of things you can to do to Win7 to speed it. Some of those I've already done and some I'll try for sure.
The only thing funny happening to this machine I just updated is that I can't drag an excel page over to the second monitor. Pretty odd since I can drag any other program over. Unfortunately, it's excel spreadsheets that I most often need to keep on the second monitor. Regardless, I'm elated that the monitor and the card reader both work now. The whole driver update procedure was pretty well automated and worked very smoothly.
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29 Dec 2015   #15
Bongo

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It's good to hear you got it going.

Jerry
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29 Dec 2015   #16
Ridgerunner

win 7 64bit
 
 

And many thanks back to you Bongo for the help. Somehow in the updating drivers I ended up with better screen resolution also, which is really nice. The entire updating process produced nothing but positive results. This particular laptop, the LE6410 is a very nice thin, fast, rugged(metal framed if you can believe it) and compact traveling computer with a 9hr battery life using the larger battery. Has to be the last well made laptop line made by Dell. And for $219 it's a far better deal than a new one if you don't need a real powerhouse and a touch screen and all the BS they come with now. This thing even has a fingerprint reader! Go figure.
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30 Dec 2015   #17
Ridgerunner

win 7 64bit
 
 

Wow. Now I'm really happy. This machine wouldn't even try to install Google Earth before the driver update and now it installs it just fine. Before it told me my graphics card wasn't good enough.
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31 Dec 2015   #18
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

He he strange things happen at sea they tell me and also in Windows
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