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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.

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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.

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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?

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(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
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Thank you
by rfalanga / October 12, 2011 11:59 PM PDT

That worked perfectly!

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If you explore the options.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 13, 2011 12:04 AM PDT
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Today's machines can power down, hibernate (the one I use), sleep, so you can tailor the power button to do what you want.
Bob

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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

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