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Q: Connect 2 external monitors to a laptop


I'm new here, so I hope I put this thread in the correct location. I've been having an issue with my computer when I try to connect 2 external monitors to it; one via HDMI, and one via VGA. The ports are right next to each other on my laptop, so I ended up cutting the blue plastic protection layer so I could fit in it. Anyway, I can connect both monitors fine, but I can't seem to get the laptop monitor to stay on and working when I extend the displays. In other words, I have the laptop monitor and 2 external monitors which I'm trying to connect, and the laptop monitor doesn't connect when I connect the other two. When I push the windows key+p, I click on the extend option, but the laptop monitor doesn't extend, it only extends on the two externals. Now, I'm wondering if my graphics card only supports two monitors being on at a time, or if it's some random Windows 8 problem. I haven't thoroughly gone through some of

Here are some specs of my computer and monitors so you can get the picture.

CPU: Intel Core i5-3210, 2.50 GHz
OS: Windows 8, 64-bit
Graphics card: Intel HD Graphics 4000

ViewSonic VX2253 Series, 32 inch monitor
Westinghouse L2220HW, 32 inch monitor

I appreciate any help given in advance.

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A: Connect 2 external monitors to a laptop

Originally Posted by Ymerejliaf

Now, I'm wondering if my graphics card only supports two monitors being on at a time, o

You answered your own question. Common Mobile graphic cards only support 2 displays any given time, be it internal+external or external+external.

Common low to mid-high NV or AMD cards do the same.

Only the new Haswell will support 3 monitors in the case of Intel.

EDIT: You could also try a USB to VGA adapter for the 3rd monitor.

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What is the better solution to connect to external monitors HD 1920x1080 plus the laptop monitor (3 displays total)?

By hardware i can only connect 2 (laptop + external monitor).

The better solution is a dockstation ? Wich one?

An adapter ?
Thank you

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I have a Thinkpad P50 which is relatively new.  I did have it connected through the Lenovo port replicator to two monitors using display port cables.  The Video suddenly went black, and no amount of undocking, docking, and rebooting would get the montors to reconnect.  I tried to connect directly from the laptop to an external monitor tha had previously worked using a hdmi to VGA adapter, but still no external video.  It will not detect any external monitor connected to it and using FN F7 does not allow me to duplicate or extend or connect to an external device.  Any thoughts?  Could some driver or setting be disabled?

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Hello guys, I'm so tired of searching this. I want to connect two more screens to my 4540s laptop. (3 screens with laptop monitor). |MONITOR| LAPTOP-SCREEN | MONITOR|I WANNA EXTEND THESE THREE SCREENS NOT TO DUPLICATE My laptop has VGA and HDMI both ports but, I think VGA and HDMI port can't use in same time. Any external adapter or something for do this? What can I do solve this?Any suggestions are greatly appreciated and I'm available to give more information.

A:How to connect two more external monitors?

Hi, I tested and posted my results few years back: port replicators and/or dock which is DisplayLink certified can do this. Your machine dows not have docking port therefore you have to use USB port replicator (many vendors also call them as docking stations). HP has few products such as:     http://www.displaylink.com/newsroom/press-releases/displaylink-powers-latest-hp-3005pr-usb-30-port-r... Regards.

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Hi, I'm trying to connect my laptop to two external monitors and extend across the three of them. What would be the best way to achieve this. (my laptop has 1 x hdmi port and the screens have 1 x dvi, 1 x vga, 1 x display port) Many thanks, rtselby

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I'm thinking of buying Tecra Z50, but one of the features I need is the option to connect two external monitors.

Is it possible to have one monitor connected to HDMI and one to VGA (with notebook lid closed)?

*Hi-speed port replicator III is not an option since it is not available in my country (Croatia).

A:Tecra Z50 - need to connect two external monitors


I don?t think that you will be able to connect two external monitors to this notebook using the HDMI and RGB port simultaneously due to different kind of signal.

The RGB/VGA port supports analogue signal.

The HDMI port provides the digital video output and when the external monitor is connected to the HDMI port the display out device is set to HDMI.

> *Hi-speed port replicator III is not an option since it is not available in my country (Croatia).
How about the Dynadock? Its an external device connected to the notebook?s USB port.
It supports own graphic unit and you could connect another 2nd external monitor to such Dynadock.

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For the last 3 years my W530 has connected to my two 32" Dell 2560x1600 displays without issue, and shows the desktop extend across the two.  They are connected via displayport to the minidoc III.  A couple of months ago, a windows update came, and since then, I can only ever connect to one of them. If I do WINDOWS-P and select varios options this i what happens: "Second screen only" = only the right screen works."Duplicate" = only laptop screen works (neither external work)"Extend" = Left and Right both work, but are mirrored, not extended, and the laptop display works.Its driving me crazy - I spent £2300 on monitors, and I can only use one of them. I have tried all the usual stuff - rebooting, disconnecting/reconnecting screens etc. Any ideas?

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Hi all, Does anyone know how many external monitors can X1 Carbon connect to without dock? I am looking to buy an X1 with the following specs:     CPU Operating System Chipset Memory Storage Display Graphics Optical Drive Communication Ports / MediaIntel® Core? i5-7200U (3M Cache, up to 3.1GHz)Windows® 10 Home 64-bit Intel SoC (System on Chip) platform1 x 8GB LPDDR3 1866MHz onboard (Max 16GB) / 0 Free Slot256GB PCIe SSD (NVMe)14.0" Anti-Glare, FHD (1920 x 1080)Intel HD Graphics 620 2x2 802.11ac / Bluetooth 4.11 x USB 3.1 / 1x USB 3.0 / 2 x Thunderbolt 3 (support data, video, and power delivery) / 1 x HDMI / 1 x Ethernet extension connector / HD Audio / Conexant? CX11871 codec / stereo speakers 2W x 2 / dual array microphone / combo audio /microphone jack / MicroSD card reader, supports UHS-II microSD card My apologies if this was answered somewhere. Many thanks   Kenny

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I am wondering is it possible to have two external monitors connect to my W540 without a dock? Thanks,

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Hi,I'm stuck trying to connect 2 external monitors to my Lenovo ideapad 320-14ISK (S/N: PF0TTV33). I've got 1 monitor connected through hdmi, that 1 is working. But my laptop isn't detecting the second one which I have connected with a Satechi adapter to my usb-c poort.I've read that it isn't possible to connect a monitor on this Lenovo laptop through an usb-c poort and even that it isn't possible to connect 2 monitors to this laptop at all!Can someone help me or tell me if this is true?Thanks for your help in advance

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Hi, I tried connecting 2 monitors (mini DisplayPort and HDMI), they were recognised and showed up in the screen settings in Win 10, but only one would show an actual image.When I disconnected one, the other worked, but not both at the same time. Is that normal behaviour?So is it not possible to use 2 external monitors to work with?Do I need an extra device like a (OneLink) docking station?If yes, are they all compatible with my X1 (2nd Gen)? Thanks

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I have recently received an upgrade laptop at work. On my previous laptop (ThinkPad, unsure of model), I was able to connect one external display monitor directly to the VGA port on the laptop and an additional external diplay monitor to the ThinkPad Pro Dock station VGA port. I prefered to use these two screens with my laptop closed on the docking station, but could also open the laptop on the dock and have a third screen available. ISSUE: With my new ThinkPad (T440) there is no VGA port on the laptop. I have purchased a simple HDMI to VGA Converter Adapter - see link:https://www.amazon.ca/VicTsing-Gold-plated-Converter-Ultrabook-Devices-Black/dp/B016LVT51G/ref=sr_1_...   I am using the same ThinkPad Pro Dock station as with my previous laptop. With my new T440 I am able to work with my laptop open or closed on the docking station with one external display plugged into the docking station. I am also able to work with one external display plugged directly into my laptop using the VGA to HDMI converter adapter.  ISSUE 2: The laptop will not recognize when both screens are plugged in at the same time, but they each work when I have only one plugged in either to the dock or directly to the laptop. PLEASE HELP!! TIA

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Hello all, As the Yoga 720 15'' has only one Thunderbolt port, with no other ports for connecting more displays, I'm looking for a solution for connecting two monitors through this single port. The problem is that the Thunderbolt 3 to dual DisplayPort adapters do not seem to be working on this laptop for some reason according to threads on this forum. (although it has the appropriate hardware I suppose?)I saw a solution using the Lenovo Thunderbolt Dock, but it's quite expensive... I thought to myself: suppose I have two monitors that supported DisplayPort daisy chaining, could I use this ability and connect them to the laptop? Connecting one monitor directly to the laptop, and then connecting the other monitor to the first one using daisy chaining. Like so:Yoga -> Thunderbolt to DispalyPort adapter -> Monitor 1 -> DisplayPort -> Monitor 2.  I couldn't find any info about this method (only that it is possible on the XPS 15 which also has Thunderbot with two lanes only...)  Have someone already tried this method? Or could try it? (pretty please... )Or could at least tell me if it is possible? I'm really looking forward to buying this laptop and this is the main reason that stops me...  Note: I am aware about the bandwith limitations. I plan to use only two 2K displays. Thank you!

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Hi,I received my new P72 (P2000 Graphics) and I have a major issue with the connection of external monitors. My former laptop (MSI GP2) had HDMI and miniDP as outputs. I ran my former laptop withinbuilt 1080p (native)external projector (HDMI 1080p - cloned from inbuilt)external Monitor (miniDP 4K - extended view)Everthing was setup and configured by Intel software, therefore everthing was done by integrated graphic chip. Once I started to run a game, the discrete graphic cards took over to render the game. On my new P72, I used same connection as above with the only difference, that I have a inbuilt 4K screen. Somehow, the entire system is extremly laggy with asynchronous audio. The two external devices are not ran by the integrated graphics but with the discrete. The 4K picture from my inbuilt is somehow scaled to 1080p for my projector ( I didnt even know, that this was possible and I thought, that this might cause the problem. After changing to 1080p on my inbuilt, I still had same issue).How do I ran the external devices on the integrated Graphics?Do I need to use Thunderbolt?Why is the connection of external monitors through discrete graphics so laggy?

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Having trouble here would be super grateful for your help. I connected one external monitor to this alptop but failed in connecting a second monitor to it. My Ideapad 720s is a 4k laptop and so are both my external monitors. When I connected the HDMI cable into the USB port on my laptop the monitor was VERY blurry! So I was forced to use this adapter to plug the HDMI into it and the adpater pligged into the USB-C on my laptop. This is the adapter I used: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/j5creat...?skuId=5930600 So that adapter worked to connect one external monitor but I wasn't able to get a 2nd monitor to work sucessfully. I don't know what I'm doing wrong? Thanks for any input!

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I would like to connect my ThinkPad X1 Yoga 1st Gen, running Windows 10 to 2 external AOC E2752VH monitors to extend my desktop over the 2 monitors.  Is it possible to use a 1 HDMI to 2 HDMI splitter to connect them?  Or is it better/possible to use a 1 mini DisplayPort to 2 HDMI splitter?

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I want to get a new laptop that I can have 2 external monitors

Can you get laptops with 2 monitor outputs?

Failing that... What laptops are good for USB3 monitor adapters?

I have a hp laptop. 8gb ram. 2.8ghz speed. Really good and hasn't failed.

Problem: I've tried MANY adapters. I started with cheap but well reviewed ones. Failed. Then I went for really expensive ones. For both... Started off ok. But quickly just stopped working

If I get a new laptop... How will I know ahead of time if its good for USB3 monitor adapters? (Assuming laptops with 2 monitor outputs don't exist or are scarce)


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At the moment my laptop monitor is broken so I'm using an external LCD monitor. I want to add a 2nd external monitor for convenience.. nothing like extreme gaming or anything.. but there is only 1 vga port, no dvi port or anything fancy.

I am assuming I need the Y-Shaped cable like this??: http://www.meritline.com/vga-to-dua...onitor-cable---p-33499.aspx?source=nextaghdac If so does it matter by brand? Or is it pretty standard?

And I've been reading around that I need to know if my video card can handle 2 monitors... how do I find out?
The laptop I'm using is a Toshiba Satellite P105-S6147 with 3 megs ram, I'm thinking my video card is the Intel GMA 950 video, Windows Vista Home Premium.

Thanks for your help!

A:Trying to Add 2 External Monitors to a Laptop

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Can I connect 2 external monitors and use laptop built-in display at the same time? (total 3 monitors). My HP G3 450 laptop has VGA and HDMI connectors . CPU is Skylake i5 6200U. Graphics: Intel HD 520 Graphics Integrated VGA.

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is it possible to project my laptop screen to two external monitors, each with different displays? I know it's possible to output to ONE external monitor (ie, the 2nd screen), but is 2 possible? (Without buying an additional VGA card.)


A:Two external monitors from laptop?

Based on my previous readings, it was possible with the help of an extra hardware. The Matrox DualHead2Go splitter can take one video input and split it to two monitors. you could look for similar devices or try to buy one. Its not another VGA card but it works like a router, connect your laptop to the DualHead2Go then connect the two monitors.

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I have a Samsung series 5 laptop (specs below) with an nVidia 630m card and I was wondering if it is possible to run two monitors in addition to the built in one simultaneously? I have one monitor hooked into the VGA port, and one into the HDMI port. Both are detected, but only one (plus built-in monitor) will work at a one time. Is this a limitation of the laptop/video card?

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A:Possible to use two external monitors with this laptop?

Most likely not. Most video chipsets don't support 3 monitors.

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I currently have a laptop running with an external monitor attached and extended desktop. It works wonders. I've been itching to add my tv to the collection as a monitor for when I use the laptop for gaming. Considering, I already have a wireless keyboard/mouse, all I would need to do is add the tv as a monitor and I'll be set.
I've been looking at some usb to vga cables/adapters but not sure how they work. I really only need this monitor to be used half the time, so extending to it full time is kind of worthless.
Can you have a mix of extended desktop displays and duplicated displays across various monitors? Or, is it even worth it?

A:Laptop and external monitors

I am not sure that your laptop would have the processing power to run 3 screens (including it's own). You could manually swap the output between your second screen and your tv when you needed it without much trouble.

I would not recommend a USB to VGA adapter for gaming purposes.


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For a total of three including the laptop screen. My laptop is a Dell E5420 with a VGA out on one side, and a HDMI on the other. I can also put it in a docking station and have a DVI connection there. I believe I have the hardware, but do not know what to do.
Pleaase help.

A:How do i put two external monitors on my laptop?

You may have the connections, but I think you are limited to what the onboard video chip can process & output simultaneously.

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Not sure if I'm posting this in the right place

I have a HP 4730s probook (pretty highly spec'd)
along with 2 x external monitors, one is connected via the single HDMI port which works in EXTEND DISPLAY mode

The other I have tried to connect via the VGA connection but I can't get both to come up at the same time

I believe it is a Win 7 issue

What I would like to do is have the HP laptop with its screen closed (in sleep mode, maybe that is part of my problem ??) with the VGA connected external monitor on my LHS in DUPLICATE mode so it mirrors the laptop display even when the laptop screen is closed and the second HDMI monitor on my RHS in EXTEND DISPLAY mode so I can drag and drop various displays (which is pretty nifty anyway)

I believe I need a VGA to USB adaptor to connect the LHS VGA monitor to a USB port
but do I need a USB 3.0 port or will 2.0 be OK of which I have 4

Or should I upgrade to Win 8.1 ???

Any advice on the above scenario much appreciated

A:Multiple external monitors via an HP laptop

What's an LHS and RHS? I've not run across any specific name that goes with those letters. Or in other words, give the full name before using an acronym for that name.

What I would like to do is have the HP laptop with its screen closed (in sleep mode, maybe that is part of my problem ??)

When the lid is closed and/or Sleep is active there is not any computing action going on so Yes, that is a problem. Some Notebooks have a BIOS setting to disable the lid close part or maybe there's a setting in Win7. The Sleep can be turned off as well as Hibernation. You may also have to adjust Power Options to make it more like a Desktop, nothing shuts down. If there's a setting choice of Never, use it. And you'll have to keep the AC power adapter plugged in. Also expect more heat when running continuously.

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I have looked and tried a number of solutions but have not found one yet. I want to attach two external monitors. They vary in resolution, my laptop has 1 HDMI connection and two USB III and 1 USB II connection. I have two DVI connected monitors. My HTMI connected monitor works fine. but I want two monitors running. The laptop has a NVIDIA GeForce 920M graphics card. I'd like to try to do this without buying a fancy external device which says it can drive multiple monitors. I think this card will drive two monitors. 

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I am trying to add 2 external HDMI monitors to my Asus N550JV laptop computer. I connected one monitor to the HDMI port. It works fine. The other monitor is connected to the Mini Display Port using a small by mini port cable with an HDMI connector on the other end to connect to the 2nd monitor. Monitor 2 works in the HDMI port by does not work with the mini port. When I connect both monitors at the same time, both go black. Is there a manual set up to make these work. I am a stock trader and want to have 3 separate monitors, including my laptop monitor, with each showing a different page to work from. Is it possible with my existing equipment?

A:2 External Monitors connected to my Laptop

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What options are there to use two exterior monitors and how to do each?  laptop has HDMI and three USB ports only.  External video card?  One HDMI and one USB-DVI  cable?

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Got my Dell Precision 5510 and this dock(below) . The dock is connected via a USB(from dock) to a thunderbolt on the laptop side. I have three external monitors hooked up( 1 HDMI, 1 DP and 1 mini DP). I would love to be able to open the laptop and have it work while the other 3 stay on but the laptop turns on and only two of the monitors stay on when I open the lid. Seems I can only run (3). I've tried all different configuration with no luck. Though maybe if I disconnect the HDMI from the dock and plug in directly to the laptop that would work but no. Any ideas? Thanks.http://accessories.dell.com/sna/pro...7&acd=12309152537461010&ven1=syrmr2NJ3&ven2=e

A:Trying to get the laptop to work with the (3) external monitors

The Precision 5510 supports a maximum of 3 displays.

The TB16 dock also supports a maximum of 3 displays connected. Kindly review the article here http://dell.to/2czKdEM- See #8 under the 1st Troubleshooting Common Issues listed.
Also, please click my DELL-username and write me a private conversation with the service tag and your Name for case records.
Let us know if you have any other queries.

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Hi I'm having some troubles connecting 2 external monitors to my v570 laptop. When I connect the first one through a hdmi to dvi cable it works good to exten the screen between both the laptop screen and the external. When I try to connect the second monitor through vga to vga it automatically disables the first monitor and enables the second monitor. It won't give me an option to enable both monitors plus the laptop screen. Can anyone give me some insight on what might be causing this issue.

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So i have a HP HDX16t with a 512MB Geforce 9600M GT video card running Win7 64bit Home Premium. The laptop has a VGA and an HDMI output. I currently have an external monitor (19" ViewSonic VX900) hooked up to the VGA output. Does anyone know if i can hook my second external monitor (also ViewSonic VX900) up as well through the HDMI port? The VX900 has VGA and DVI-D inputs, so i would definitely need an HDMI to DVI adapter (which i don't have currently). I have searched around on this, but havn't been able to find anything conclusive. Nvidia's 9600m GT page is sorely lacking in details.

I know i could set this up by buying a Matrox DualHead2Go adapter as well, but i was hoping to avoid spending an extra $200 that i would rather put into upgrading my aging monitors. Also the apparent downside to the DualHead2Go adapter is that i would need to place both monitors on one side of my laptop vs one on either side (as i had hoped to do).

A:Dual External Monitors on Laptop?

Anyone try this before?

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Hello, I have an HP 840 G1 i5 intel. I have this on a ultra slim docking station and have 2 external monitors connected via hdmi and 1 external monitor is connected with a Siig 2.0 vga to usb adapter. I can get 3 screens to work at the same time but I cannot get the 4th monitor to connect. When I go into the properties and extend the desktop one of the screens disconnects. I have searched the fourms but no resolve to this issue. I am a highly expierenced tech so please assume all the basics were done and I am just not mentioning them. All Drivers are current and up to date. Same with bios and laptop drivers. I have the driver for the monitor as well.  Any help would be much appreiated.

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I have a hp notebook 15 f387wm and I am trying to find out how to connect 2 additional monitors and extend screens and I'm needing to know what cables, adapters, etc. I would need in order to do so. Thank you

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I have an XPS 15 9550 and trying to use the laptop display plus 3 external monitors (total of 4 displays).  There are ports to do this (using HDMI, Display port to HDMI, and VGA) but I can't seem to extend the desktop to all 4 displays.  Is this possible, or am I limited to 3 displays total?  Running Windows 10 64-bit and standard NVidia graphics software.

A:XPS 15 9550 - Possible to use 3 external monitors plus laptop display?

Bear in mind the Intel GPU is the one connected to the displays - the nVidia GPU is just a co-processor.  I don't think any of the Intel GPUs support more than three simultaneous displays - if you need that support, you'll need an external video adapter of some type.

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I just received my P50 and workstation dock to replace my W530 + dock.  With my W530, I was able to use my 2 identical extenal displays (DVI-DVI) along side my laptop display for 3 screens total.  All running 1080P.  In the Nvidia control panel it displayed all three screens under the "Set up multiple displays" and I was able to set screen, 1,2,3, etc.  It listed the two external displays and the internal laptop display. With the P50, it only lists my two external monitors and NOT the laptop display under Nvidia Control Panel.  The two external monitors are connected differently due to different port config on the new workstation dock.  Currently they are DVI-DVI and HDMI-HDMI.  Device Manager in Windows 10 lists my two external monitors and one "Wide viewing angle & High density FlexView Display 1920x1080" which is the laptop display.  Under Windows 10 display settings it shows displays 1,2,3 (only two screens shown though) with two screens either being mirrrored or extended. Net, net, I am unable to use all three screen independently as I was on my W530+dock.  Nvidia, only sees the external displays; Windows 10 recognizes 3 displays, but forces 2 to either be extended or mirrored. Anyone esle run across this, and if so how were you able to resolve?  I must have use of all 3 screens.  This is a deal breaker for me if I cannot use all three screens simultaneously and indpendent of one another.  Any... Read more

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No matter how flashy and improved windows gets, it always contains the same amount of Microsoft stupidity that I know will never disappear from the windows platform.

I have an HP laptop with the standard built in Intel graphics card. I always connect my laptop to one of my LCD monitors or lately my plasma TV. Its great. but these two problems really kill my mood:

1- when I connect them it often times forgets what my previous settings were (Second monitor set as primary, not mirrored) so i have to always go into settings and change that. For weeks it might remember those settings then out of the blue it reverses them so that the laptop monitor is actually hte primary while the TV is the secondary, or isnt checked as "Attached". What is this? In 2008 Microsoft still can't get something like this right. On one of the monitors it forgets the resolution i set it to so I have to keep resetting it.

2- When I unplug the external monitor from the laptop sometimes, like right now, the task bar becomes invisible (except for the start menu button) so the only way for me to figure out where the icons in the tray are is by mouseovering them. totally retarded. I have to restart to fix this.
What pisses me off the most is concern #1. it should remember what the settings are without contantly reversing them or worse, me having to go into settings and actually tell it that there i another monitor connected.

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A:Connecting external monitors/TVs to laptop w/Vista

I've just noticed something that nobody else has, Microsoft isn't stupid, infact its the latter, No.1 Rule when connecting hardware... Turn off the computer before connecting any new hardware, I worked this out with Windows XP and if it's been happening since this version then the problem isnt Microsoft's operating system , it's the user being oblivious of how to use the operating system without fault.

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Is there a HP laptop/docking station combo that allows 3 external monitors to be connected to the laptop and using the monitors in extended mode? Thanks

A:Multiple External Monitors Connected to Laptop

Hello vgat, Yes there are some dockings that have many differents ports. HDMI, DVI, Display port, VGA, it dependes on how you want it. Regards,

I am an HP employee

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I have an Acer Aspire 3 and want to connect two monitors to it. However, my laptop has only 1 HDMI port and both monitors only have VGA connections. Is it still possible?

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I currently have a Yoga 2 Pro laptop that has Bluetooth, 2 USB ports, 1 micro HDMI port, and a 3200x1800 resolution.

I want to connect it to a pair of desktop monitors (lower resolution) and a wired USB keyboard as effortlessly as possible (since I will be moving the laptop back and forth a lot). What hardware is needed to accomplish this?

Let's say I wanted to connect it to this EVGA dual-monitor stand (haven't purchased it yet), which appears to use two DVI inputs, would I need some dual DVI into HDMI adapter (if such a thing even exists)? Or would I be better off just trying to connect it to a laptop docking station?

If I don't go the docking station route, I would like to connect to my wired/USB keyboard via Bluetooth if possible. Just googling around came up with a few USB -> Bluetooth adapters (1, 2). Does anyone have any experience with these or better recommendations?

Lastly, will jumping from 3200x1800 resolution to something like two 1400X900 resolutions cause any issues? I don't care if the picture quality is lower on the monitors, but I do want to make sure they're working full-screen.

I have no experience connecting a laptop to normal desktop hardware in this way so I'd really appreciate any input or suggestions. If you have any hardware recommendations (including a docking station or better dual-monitor setup), I'd love to hear them. Thank you.

A:Solved: Connecting laptop to external monitors/keyboard

Take a look at Lenovo's USB 3.0 docks here, type your model in to get the recommended ones: http://shop.lenovo.com/ca/en/accessories/dock-port-replicators/
One USB cable will connect everything back to the Yoga.

The converting to Bluetooth makes no sense, you're just adding more devices and hassle. A simple USB hub would be better if you didn't go for a full dock. Connect the wired mouse and keyboard to the USB dock or buy a new Bluetooth keyboard/mouse.

Once you undock the Yoga's screen should kick back in and work at it's supported resolution.

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I've set up the laptop to work with 2 external ThinkVision L171 monitors, using Windows 7 Professional. One is connected via the VGA monitor port on the laptop; the other is connected via VGA to a Lenovo/DisplayLink USB 2.0 Port Replicator (model VDK8736 -- with drivers updated).

Both monitors are working well and available when the laptop lid is closed. The issue is that after the screen saver period completes, the laptop powers down completely. I'd like it to just shut off the screen and resume on mouse movement.

The laptop is used with external monitors when it's plugged in -- and the power settings are:
Balanced profile
Display turns off after 2 hours
Screensaver starts after 10 minutes
Computer goes to sleep - Never
Hard disk off - never
Internet Explorer: Javascript Timer Frequency - Maximum
Desktop background settings : available
Wireless Adapter Settings: Max Performance
Sleep - Never. Hybrid Sleep: Off Hibernate After: Never Allow Wake Timers: Disable
USB Selective Suspend: Disabled
Intel Graphics Power Plan: Balanced
Power Buttons & Lid: Lid closed - Do nothing; Power Button - Sleep; Sleep Button - Sleep
PCI Express - Moderate Power
Multimedia - When sharing media - prevent idling to sleep; When playing video - Optimize video quality

Does anyone know why this is happening and a way to prevent it?

A:Thinkpad 201X Laptop Shuts Down with 2 External Monitors

This is a tough one. Have you made any progress on this issue?

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I have a Mobile Precision 5510 CTO laptop base with a Intel i7-6520HQ processor and a Nvidia Quadro M1000M graphics card. I want to connect it to a external Dell U2715H and a Dell U2415 monitor.
What docking/cabel connections do I need to get all monitors running in full resolution?

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I just purchased a brand new Spectre x360 13-AC023DX.  I have 2 external monitors.  Each of the monitors are connected to the Spectre via the 2 USB-C connections, with 2 different USB-C-to-HDMI adapters.  I keep the laptop lid CLOSED at all times. The two external montors display fine, no issue there. Here is the issue: Whenever I reboot the laptop, again, keeping the lid closed the whole time, it starts up not remembering my display configuration.  Furthermore, it shows 3 displays attached to it instead of only 2.  The 3rd one represents the laptop screen itself.  The 3rd screen should not show up in Wndows display settings when the laptop lid is closed.  The only way to get the 3rd screen to disappear is to open the laptop lid allthe way, then re-close it.  Once you do that, WIndows display settings will properly show only the 2 external monitors, and reset to the display configuration I had before the reboot. I have uploaded all drivers to the latest, updated BIOS to the latest, and set BIOS to defaults.  I just had my prior laptop set up with this same configuration (same monitors, but connections were via displayport to hdmi) and it worked as expected w/o the above issue. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!

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Looking at the documents for the dock it looks like this is capable of this setup but I cannot figure out how to get it working.
The TB16 supports 3 external FHD monitors ...., I would assume I could also have my internal laptop screen running also. Am I wrong?

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My laptop hardware don't permit to connect 2 external monitors + laptop display.
What is the best solution ? dockstation?


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I am a construction estimator and need to add a second external monitor to my daily work setup.

Currently I use a laptop (2015 HP Envy) with an HDMI to one external monitor (27" AOC). I use the laptop screen for my email and internet viewing and I use the 27" monitor for my work software program (PlanSwift). I am running Windows 10 and I am using that "classic shell" program to make it look like Windows 7.

I want to still be able to use my external monitor for my work software program and my laptop screen for my email/internet. I'd like to get a second external monitor so I can keep a large spreadsheet open as well that is too big to view on my laptop screen.

My question is how do I do this? Treat me like I'm 5 please with your explanation. Do I just buy a monitor and connect it along with my other monitor through an HDMI splitter (does this exist) to my only hdmi laptop port? (I dont have a vga port)

Also I want a large second external monitor, 27" to 36" inches- my budget is $500. Can I buy a cheap 32" flatscreen tv and use this or do i need to buy an actual monitor?

Once I connect the two monitors I think I can trouble shoot my way through getting them to work or hopefully there is a guide I can google or that you can recommend.

Thank you very much for your help!

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I have a Sony laptop with Windows 7, and recently purchased a new LCD monitor. I know it is supposed to be easy to use both monitors, but so far I have been unsuccessful. It seems like I can only duplicate, and not really extend the monitors, so I see the same on both screens. Also, when I try to close the lid on my laptop, the external monitor goes to sleep. I am obviously doing something wrong, but cannot figure out what it is. Thanks for any assistance you can provide.

A:Having trouble setting up multiple monitors - Laptop + external monito

Hi Landaw,

Not sure what type of Sony you have but try changing the view by holding down Fn (down next to you windows button) and press F7 then press enter to keep the view.

Good Luck

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