External monitor stopped working with laptop

Abby - Updated on Jan 13, 2019 at 11:49 AM
 Ryan - Jul 3, 2013 at 05:09 PM

I have a dell inspiron laptop with a samsung monitor plugged in.
Worked fine until today.. external monitor won't turn on...
I have tried rebooting, unplugging, etc.
the monitor stays black but the little logo that says digital goes away, and the on and off lite on the monitor stays blinking.
appreciate any help, not really a techny.

System Configuration: Windows 7 / Firefox 12.0

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Jun 15, 2012 at 08:06 PM

Try this 1.

1) Connect it to the external monitor then switch ON your laptop. If you failed to

get the display in external monitor, then use the proper combination keys(like

Fn+F5/ the function key that's having the monitor symbol on it) to toggle

between your laptop screen and the external monitor.

2) Try decreasing your screen resolution.

3) If the problem still exists then update your video drivers.

Good Luck.
Fn + F4 worked for me. My external monitored stopped working with my laptop for no apparent reason and wouldn't reconnect regardless of all the different display settings I tried. Thanks for the tip.