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TV as monitor - Dell Inspiron 620


wildhouse

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Hi. Would appreciate any help in setting up my Dell Inspiron 620 so that I can occasionally use my LG TV as a monitor. Plugged in an HDMI cable - TV says No Signal. Have searched Control Panel on the Dell to see how to set up so it can recognise the TV as another monitor, but can't see how to do it. Tried searching for a new device - that doesn't work. Have gone into all Settings, including NVidia Control Panel. There is somewhere there to set up multiple displays, but the TV doesn't show as an option.

I have connected my daughter's Acer laptop via the HDMI cable, and everything automatically appeared on my TV, so I know it is not the cable that is the problem. Any help gratefully received.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Fn+F8 from here

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SillBill

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It sounds as if you cannot have 2 monitors connected at the same time, can't you just unplug your present monitor ON THE COMPUTER and try the HDMI connection to the TV as the only monitor?

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wildhouse

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Well, I've now unplugged the monitor and plugged the TV in via HDMI but still no signal. Looks like I'll have to email Dell and see if they'll respond (I suspect they'll tell me to phone up and pay £10 to get the info!).

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SillBill

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Did you unplug the monitor at the computer or did you leave the VGA connection still plugged in?

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wildhouse

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Hi I unplugged at the computer - not something I would want to do too often as | have to balance the computer whilst unscrewing the screws!

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rdave13

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Don't know if this helps but in the set-up guide it shows, Note: Your computer supports the Intel multiple monitor feature (disabled by default). This feature allows you to connect your computer to more than one monitor simultaneously. To enable this feature, enter the setup(BIOS) utility and set the Intel Multiple Monitor Feature to Auto in the advanced graphics configuration section. page 6. As I've said I don't know if it will be helpful.

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SillBill

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Whoever designed VGA plugs ought to be shot at dawn and manufacturers who design Monitors and TV Sets with VGA sockets in the most awkward places should face the same firing squad!.

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wildhouse

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Thanks, RDave13. Will investigate going into the BIOS and seeing if this works.

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Chronos the 2nd

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rdave13

Good find and more to the point if this is the reason that the proble has arisen then you have got to ask what the hell were Dell thinking about? Burying this sort of thing in the BIOS where most people would not go anywhere near.

Sent from my iPhone.

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SillBill

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Well said, Chronos the 2nd!!

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