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Windows 7: adding a monitor to a laptop

25 Dec 2015   #1
Ridgerunner

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adding a monitor to a laptop

Have a freshly manufacturer refurbished Latitude E6410 laptop running Win7 Ultimate, 64 bit, SP1. Can't get it to detect a free standing Dell monitor or a Samsung flat screen TV using the PS2 or USB ports. I do this all the time with my other Win 7 and XP machines. Does this thing not have a good enough graphics card for this or what's the issue? Should be simple but just won't detect it in display settings as other Win 7 machines do.


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25 Dec 2015   #2
ICIT2LOL

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

Hello Ridgerunner mate I would be inclined to use the VGA output as it will give you much better graphics - if your monitors have the same connection - see pic

The resolution on that machine I see is better than usual so why not use a better connector??


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26 Dec 2015   #3
Ridgerunner

win 7 64bit
 
 

That's the one I used. The computer won't recognize it. Tried two different cords, two different monitors. No luck. Just won't detect it.

update: I just got out my Latitude D610 and it handles a second monitor just fine. Recognizes it right off. I can't seem to drag a program page onto the second monitor for some reason but it definitely works.

update 2: Sorry for misunderstanding the difference between a ps2 and a VGA port. I've come to the conclusion that this laptop just hasn't a graphic adapter that will handle a second monitor. Why in Blazes Dell did that is beyond me.
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27 Dec 2015   #4
ICIT2LOL

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

Sorry late reply mate it must be usable if it is there so some system specs would be handy including the model number because I feel it is a driver issue for that port and maybe the monitor/s.
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27 Dec 2015   #5
Baddog22556

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ridgerunner View Post
Why in Blazes Dell did that is beyond me.
It's a Dell, Dude! That kid got fired for smoking pot and lost .5 Million dollar contract.
I think everyone at Dell is smoking now as stocks drop as does the quality.
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27 Dec 2015   #6
Ridgerunner

win 7 64bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply and help "Confusion Therapist". It's not there on the E6410 - It isn't recognized when you go into "change display settings" and nothing happens when you select the "detect" button. In the Device manager under "monitor" there's only one shown; On the D610 it shows four. I tried the older D610 Latitude with XP just to see if it would work on that and it does but may need one settings change to allow dragging something between monitors - "extend display" maybe. I've done some looking and it seems to get extra monitors to work on the E6410 you have to use either some aftermarket port replicator or a Dell docking station common to users of the E6410 that has that feature. No one talks of adding a second monitor to a bare E6410. I think maybe the graphics card, which is well known to be anemic and is permanently attached to the mother board and not replaceable or upgradable as some are, has only one plug in or something like that. The computer was just not meant to handle a second monitor without some additional hardware help. Seems a bit silly when an older XP machine in the same model line will handle the extra monitor just fine.
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27 Dec 2015   #7
ICIT2LOL

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

Now did you go into Display in the Control Panel see my pic for what you need to do to get any combo of screens going.


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27 Dec 2015   #8
Ridgerunner

win 7 64bit
 
 

For whatever reason I do not get that option on that screen on this machine. I get the two below it but not that one. I don't get the "orientation" change option either.
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27 Dec 2015   #9
ICIT2LOL

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

Hum what version of Windows are you running because I think the Starter version is the only one that I know of that is weak on features?


Have you done a sfc yet? maybe worth a try.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1538-sfc-scannow-command-system-file-checker.html
then this

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/433-disk-check.html< if necessary include the /f and /r in the command line as per Option2 >in safe mode if need be


Edit Maybe it is worth going here Drivers & Downloads | Dell Australia auto detect your machine and check for a driver for the graphics as I cannot for the life of me think there is not a driver for the port they have installed on that machine . I couldn't do that myself for obvious reasons or I would send the driver for you.

If you want you could run this and find the exact device you need the driver for

Using HW Info
PART A:
You can test the volts on the PSU with HW Info
HWiNFO, HWiNFO32/64 - Download <download the right bit version and close the right hand window select Sensorsand scroll down to the power section where you will see what the volts aredoing see my pic. Now the section you want will be labelled - fpr example Asusboards usually have "Nuvoton" and Gigabyte boards "ITE" inany case the section you want will have Vbatt or VBAT in it (dead give away)
The original right hand window shows the machine running and is handy for thatbut for looking at the components in some detail close it and use the main lefthand side panel
FOR OTHER COMPONENTS
PART B:
Open each small square with + in it on the section the components are in andthen click on the individual component/s (it will highlight in blue) - in theright hand side will appear all sorts of details including brands speeds andother essential info that particular device. See pic for example.


Use PART B:


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28 Dec 2015   #10
Ridgerunner

win 7 64bit
 
 

Win 7 Ultimate, 64bit SP1. New HD. Has 8gb RAM. Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M520 @ 2.40 Ghz. "Standard VGA graphics adapter" shown under Display Adapters in the Device Manager. Under Ports(COM and LPT1) it has 1.) ECP printer port (COM and LPT1) and 2.) Intel(R) Active Management Technology - SOL(COM 3).

Has a sticker under the battery saying it's an "authorized" or Certified something version of Windows. All very official supposedly. I've found another feature on this machine that may not work properly. It has a smart card reader in the front that will not read the memory card out of my Canon S100 digital camera. Not sure if the SD? card from the camera is a "smart card" or if it isn't if it should still read it. If they're not the same could be that it's not made to read this card.
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