Helping people with computers... one answer at a time.
Questions and answers relating to your computer's display devices from CRT and LCD displays to projectors and TV hook-ups.
Connecting two monitors to a computer is common. You can go the other way and connect two computers to one monitor if you have the right drivers and hardware.
Leaving your TV hooked up all the time is unlikely to pose a danger to your equipment as long as you consider a few issues.
Many components in laptops are device specific, which makes it difficult to exchange one laptop screen with another. Replacing that screen is going to be a problem.
Most laptops come with a video port that allows you to easily connect an external monitor. A few settings may be required.
Depending on what you're doing, you may or may not need digital video output for your LCD monitor.
Many hardware add-ons come with installation CDs. Some need the additional software, some actually do not. The trick is guessing what's really needed.
Screen savers were initially intended to keep CRT monitors from burning images into the screen. Now there are other reasons to continue to use them.
The neat thing about this is that you're one step away from a dual-monitor system without really even trying.
A sudden blue screen does not always mean that your computer is dying. It may be an easily fixable problem.
Adjusting monitor brightness can often be done right on the monitor itself. In addition, the driver for that monitor may have some settings.
Most laptops include a VGA or DVI connection for an external monitor. Setting it up is relatively easy, if you know the tricks and have patience.
The game has changed the video mode. You may have to revert it manually or check for support from the manufacturer.
Windows is capable of displaying two monitors each at their recommended resolution. Changing the monitor settings may do the trick.
Attaching additional monitors to laptops is common. There are several settings to look at in order to make them work as expected.
Cursor size is not determined by the kind of computer that you buy; it is set by your monitor and the software in your computer. It can easily be adjusted.
Enlarging online games can be tricky, depending on how they were written. If browser zoom functions don't work, you may have to change your monitor's DPI.
Putting more than one display device or monitor on your PC is relatively easy these days. With the right hardware you can create huge virtual desktops.
Screen resolution is a simple concept but when combined with the myriad ways that Windows can be configured, screen resolution can quickly be confusing.
Setting up multiple monitors is easily handled by Microsoft Windows. You may want to consider resolution and size factors when looking at what to buy.
Nine times out of ten, this sort of difficulty in playing videos indicates a problem with the video driver.
I'm hoping that you have backed up. If not, this is a very good reason to do so. We don't know that your data hasn't been completely overwritten!
Stretched or horizontally elongated screen are a common computer monitor problem. We'll look at the most likely cause, and resolution.
Some graphics intensive games may be written to require your video be set to 16 bit color. If you're running something else, it's an easy change.
No Signal is a message that's not from your computer but from your display device, indicating that it has nothing to display. I'll review possible causes.
High color, true color, bits per pixel, whatever you call it color settings can be confusing. I'll outline the differences.
"Open GL not supported" means that it is not available in your video driver software. Getting it may be a problem.
Color matching from device to device is difficult. Most monitors are not well calibrated initially, but doing so can return excellent results.
Windows has stopped sending a signal to your monitor. It's probably crashing randomly. I explore what that means.
When a monitor turns purple, the first thing to look at is the hardware. The good news is that you can test for hardware problems without spending a lot of money.
Most flat panel displays have a default or native resolution at which they are best. If Windows uses a different resolution, the display compensates.
Sometimes, video drivers have issues that can manifest in this type of unwritten screen. We'll check for drivers and upgrades.
A laptop monitor started showing turquoise after getting cold out in the car. Sounds like a hardware problem.
Those crazy pipes running around on your screen is a standard Windows screen saver... but freezing indicates a problem.
Monitor going black while watching online video could indicate video drivers, overheating, or even screen saving settings.