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External display does not show all it should

By jackbua ·
The dreaded happened! My Everex StepNote NC 1502's screen busted, and I had to hook up a spare monitor I had to it to see anything, but that wasnt much of an improvement, the external monitor only shows the majority of the picture (the top right portion), leaving out the taskbar and start menu. I have tried adjusting the monitor's display settings and I have even messed around with the resolution settings, no luck at all. The comp is crappy and the BIOS fits that theme perfectely...it is very general and has no display settings. I am computer literate but this problem has me bashing my laptop screen even more! Please help before I start smashing the keyboard! Thank you so much for reading this.

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Monitor driver?

by seanferd In reply to External display does not ...

Occasionally it helps to make sure the monitor is detected correctly. Try manually selecting the appropriate driver for your monitor.

I am sure there are other possibilities, I just can't think of any.

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The display settings aren't in your BIOS, they should be ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to External display does not ...

Under software control from your Desktop.

Currently you are only seeing the top right hand portion of your desktop, but surely there is enough of the Desktop to right-click on it?

Right-click on the Desktop and access your 'Properties' then click your 'Settings' TAB.

Now, if because you can only see the top right hand portion, you don't get to see the Properties dialogue box when it opens, then you'll have to be slightly more creative.

Can you fire up the 'puter in Safe Mode, which will boot you into standard VGA graphics mode, which should hopefully reduce the resolution and let you see more of the Desktop. Then, perhaps you can get access to the display settings to adjust for a better view.

By the way, what type of monitor is this external unit? If it's a CRT monitor there will be a multitude of controls on the lower front or under the front of the screen, that will allow you to squeeze the sides of the screen to make them visible again, or to swing the entire Desktop image from one side to the other - this might give you access to the Properties dialogue box also.

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