On Black Friday I purchased an Insignia 24" monitor to use as a second screen to my laptop (Dell inspiron, over a year and a half old with an Nvidea 525m graphics card).
My monitor has this issue of only receiving a signal from my laptop when it is first powered on (the monitor, not laptop). If the monitor turns off or it goes into standby, then it doesn't detect any input even though my laptop still recognizes the screen as a second monitor. I can still have screens on it and move my mouse over to it, I just can't see it!
In order to get it to recognize the input I physically have to unplug the monitor and plug it back in while my laptop is connected (via HDMI cable).
Has this ever happened to any of you, and does anyone have any advice on what to do?
PS, I'm planning on building a desktop in the near future when I acquire the funds, but right now I just have my laptop.
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You're talking about a laptop so I would check to see if there's some bios option or a power plan option or something that would shut external screens off first. You didn't say what laptop so I'll leave it up to you to google the problem and find out if there's an easy fix or else you can look through your own BIOS screen options for something that may fix it..
You may also want to look at your manual to see if there's some alt/Fn Key code combo that activates/deactivates external displays...
I'm really surprised you didn't do that first... I mean, I would (if I had the manual). Alternately you could test the monitor on something else and see if it still does it... if the monitor doesn't shut off on another computer (it shouldn't, but you never know) then you at least know it's something your laptop is doing (but my gut reaction is that it's the laptop doing something anyway).