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  1. ivelson

    ivelson Thread Starter

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    Is it possible to use an external monitor as the only monitor via laptop besides setting the external monitor to the secondary monitor and closing the lid of the laptop making it as if the external monitor was the only monitor? I ask this extremely lengthy question because I am trying to run my display at 1360x768 but my laptop monitor is only 1280x768 crippling the display of the external monitor. (edit: this theory is incorrect. I can only blame the laptop driver's inability to display the higher resolution.For some reason it can display 1360x768, but only when panning in 1280x768)

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. ivelson

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    Any luck?
     
  3. TheShooter93

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    Yes, you can connect a monitor and make that the primary display.

    You'll have to do two things:

    1) Set your computer to "do nothing" when you close the lid of the laptop.

    2) Change the connected monitor to the primary and change the resolution.

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    Click Start.

    Click Control Panel.

    Click "Power Options".

    Click "Choose what closing the lid does".

    Click the drop-downs next to "When I close the lid:" and choose "Do nothing".

    Click "Save Changes."

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    Click Start.

    Click Control Panel.

    Click "Display".

    Click "Change display settings".

    Click the drop-down next to "Display" and select your external monitor.

    Click "Make this my main monitor".

    Click the drop-down next to "Resolution" and choose the highest resolution possible (this will be the native resolution of the monitor you're connecting).

    Click "Apply".

    Click "OK".

    Reboot the computer.
     
  4. ivelson

    ivelson Thread Starter

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    laptop monitor native 1024x768
    external monitor displays 1280x768
    external monitor native 1360x768

    laptops graphics card can display 1360x768 but only in pan mode.
    so its a graphics card issue, right?

    I guess my only question now is, why would it even accept 1360x768 as a display if only in pan mode?
     
  5. ivelson

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    Heres where my laptops problem starts..

    Click Start.

    Click Control Panel.

    Click "Display".

    Click "Change display settings".

    Click the drop-down next to "Display" and select your external monitor.

    Click "Make this my main monitor".


    The option to make secondary monitor main monitor is unavailable. Its blanked out. Currently my only way around it is to use the laptop monitor as the main monitor and shut the lid.
     
  6. TheShooter93

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    I thought that might be an issue.

    You will have to set it to duplicate the laptop display and leave the lid closed, as you said.

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    As for the graphics card, it will output the maximum resolution that it can. It's a laptop graphics card (I assume) not optimized for gaming, so you can't expect its resolution to be too high.
     
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