Registered: 28th Feb 2011
Hi everyone. I have a lappy on Windows 8.1 and am trying to connect it to another (bigger) monitor. The laptop recognizes the monitor but the monitor says there is no cable connected. Tried vga and hdmi. No joy. Any advice appreciated. Thanks.
Easiest option for Vista onwards is to boot normally. Once you are at the desktop; hold down the Windows key, and "toggle" [P] to scroll through the options until you get to the option you want to use:
Computer only - use the laptop's built in display. Duplicate - same veiw on both displays (aka clone view). Extended - span the desktop over multiple screens. Projector only - use the external monitor.
(Be aware you won't be able to use duplicate mode when watching copyprotected content such as BluRay discs or Netflix.)
Have you checked for bent/broken pins in the attached cable? Do you know anyone else with a similar setup that you could test the cable on? When booting up in safe mode do you get anything at all showing up on the monitor? Is the monitor known to be working connected to a pc?