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External monitor driver problem

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by HonkeyMagoo, Aug 21, 2011.

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  1. HonkeyMagoo

    HonkeyMagoo Thread Starter

    Aug 21, 2011
    I recently put a new hard drive in a laptop I've had for a couple years after the last one crapped out on me. After doing so, for some reason the backlight on the on deck monitor was no longer functional. Fine. I have a few external monitors I dont mind hooking up to it. Problem is, the newest is from 2005. Upon boot everything worked fine with the older external monitor, got all of my drivers installed, all the necessary software, ETC. The laptop is an HP DV6810US model and the video card is an NVIDIA GEFORCE. I installed the latest chipset drivers, etc. The last driver I managed to install was the Video driver. Installed fine, went to restart, and the external monitor works until Windows is loaded and then it changes to "no signal" and turns off. The on deck monitor runs fine except I can only see it if I shine a flashlight on it or put it in front of sunlight.

    After reading some posts on various tech support forums where people had the same problem, it seems to be that the problem is the monitor resolution on the older monitors is simply not good enough for this video card and its drivers. Several people mentioned a program that will help you find a compatible driver for an older external monitor but every one neglected to mention what it is. It isn't free, but is surely less money than having to purchase a new monitor. Do any of you software wizards happen to know a program of this sort or have any other input as to how I could rectify this problem short of purchasing a new monitor? Any advice is appreciated!

    EDIT: I should probably mention that by using a flashlight and the on board monitor I was able to use the external monitor again by uninstalling the video driver.
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