Desktops forum

Resolved Question

Can I hot swap a monitor on a Windows 7 machine?

by rfalanga / October 11, 2011 12:57 AM PDT

Yesterday morning when I turned on my home PC, it started acting very strangely. The display was very odd, with every window that I closed appearing as a ghost image, before it shut down. The mouse moved extremely slowly and anything I typed took a long time to show up. I had to leave for work, so didn't get back to it until last night. By the evening, all appeared well, and so I thought my problems were gone/over.

rfalanga has chosen the best answer to their question. View answer
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Can I hot swap a monitor on a Windows 7 machine?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Can I hot swap a monitor on a Windows 7 machine?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Best Answer chosen by rfalanga

Collapse -
OK to do, IMO
by Willy / October 11, 2011 3:20 AM PDT

While you can hot swap the monitors, it just makes sense to shut down and re-connect. The time involved is minicle so it shouldn't be that long to do this. At times some configs. of the monitor may cause issue, so if things act up rather quickly then reset the monitor and/or setting via the OS and/or its video mgr. to do this. You may need to install the monitor disc to fully make use of all capabilities or install its s/w manager.

Collapse -
Re: OK to do, IMO
by rfalanga / October 11, 2011 6:08 AM PDT
In reply to: OK to do, IMO

But how do I shut down the system gracefully, if I've got no video to work with, so I can see where to click the Shutdown link?

Collapse -
(NT) By tapping the power button and setting windows to shut down
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 12, 2011 12:28 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: OK to do, IMO
Collapse -
Thank you
by rfalanga / October 12, 2011 11:59 PM PDT

That worked perfectly!

Collapse -
If you explore the options.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 13, 2011 12:04 AM PDT
In reply to: Thank you

Today's machines can power down, hibernate (the one I use), sleep, so you can tailor the power button to do what you want.

Collapse -
Action requires...
by Willy / October 12, 2011 10:43 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: OK to do, IMO

If you see any display you act accordingly. If none, then momentarily hitting the power-ON/OFF button will start the shutdown, direct h/w wise. In some cases you may need to hold power-ON button longer to get reaction, too long it may restart again, you'll get a feel for it after awhile ------Willy Happy

Popular Forums
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Your favorite shows are back!

Don’t miss your dramas, sitcoms and reality shows. Find out when and where they’re airing!