windows 7 - my LG monitor attached to Dell laptop not showing display

  • metal gear solid

    I have a Dell XPS L502x WIndows 7 (64 bit) laptop and a LG Flatron W1943C LCD Monitor. I want to add LG monitor as a seconday monitor to my laptop using HDMI port. I'm using HDMI to VGA cable.

    My Display control panel is detecting the monitor but nothing is coming there.

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    Screenshot of setting when no external monitor cable is attached. I don't know what it's showing 3-4 screens.

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    Please help to attach this external display to my laptop

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  • BBlake

    I have the same issue on my HP laptop. I found, though, if I pull the lid down just far enough to make the laptop LCD turn off, then pull it back up, it will come back up with both the LCD and the external monitor found and active. Of course, you would need to make sure that you haven't set your laptop's power settings to hibernate or shut off when you close the lid.