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: External Display help?

09 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 not sure as of the rest
External Display help?

First of all, thanks for reading!

So, I plugged in my external monitor, then set the display preferences to "show desktop only on 2". All was great. Then I had the bright idea to experiment with different resolutions and see the result. Result: my external monitor didn't like the first one I chose, and now it just shows a black screen saying "signal out of range". Being that my laptop screen was off due to my "only on 2" setting, I have no display on either one. When I unplug the external monitor, I can use the laptop just fine, but as soon as I plug it back in, it remembers my brilliant settings and the external monitor goes off, as well as the laptop one, so I can do absolutely nothing.

I tried restarting in "safe mode", and somehow that got it back to the default setting of "duplicate these displays" which is awesome, because I can use the external monitor again. Only problem is that if I choose "only on 2" it still remembers my retarded resolution choice and I'm blank again ("out of range...")

So... is there any way to reset the resolution on the "show desktop only on 2" setting back to it's default? The only way I can access the options for that setting is by selecting it, and that turns off my displays...

Thanks again in advance!! I bow to all the gurus!


My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Dec 2011   #2

windows 7 ultimate x86

i have same problem, i want reset setting for "show desktop only 2" , anyone help
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 External Display help?

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
External Display is Black
I have been using my external monitor along with my built in display for my laptop. I have had it set to Extended Desktop and all looked well. Now all of a sudden I went to plug in the external monitor into my laptop and it won't work. It's detected, but it's black. I've tried changing the...
Graphic Cards
External Monitor Display Question
Hello Sevenforums, I run Windows 7 64 Bit on my HP laptop and essentially have 2 "modes." The first is just straight laptop use with nothing plugged in, and the other is a "docked mode," where I plug a monitor, external keyboard and mouse, and speakers into the laptop and use it essentially...
Graphic Cards
External Display won't work
I'm fairly certain this is a driver problem, but I still haven't been able to solve it. Before upgrading to 7, I was using my laptop as my primary dvd player, since I didn't have on. I'd hook my laptop into my TV using a an S-video to Composite, extend the display and play the movie. Worked...
Graphic Cards
Adding an external display - questions
I have budget laptop that I use primarily as a desktop replacement and I've upgraded just about every piece that can be upgraded, RAM hard disk, OS... and now I would like to add a decent external monitor, and good wireless keyboard / mouse combo. The laptop only has VGA output and a max. native...
Graphic Cards
External Display Issues
Hi, I'm having an issue extending my desktop to a second monitor. I really don't understand why but I have been using the monitor for some time with no major problems but now I am having a major problem. I can make the external monitor display the same image as my laptops monitor but I can not...
Hardware & Devices
External Display - no signal detected
Hi! I want to view Media Center content in full screen on on my large screen LCD. Everything works fine but I can't get Media Center to run in full-sceen. When I switch to full screen mode the TV-displays the error 'no signal detected' and goes into sleep mode. Switching out of full...
Media Center

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 13:52.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App