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HP nx7400 with docking station and wide LCD problem

by pierrot.robert / June 6, 2007 10:49 PM PDT

Hi,

I just bought a HP nx7400 laptop (EN352UT) with a docking station (EN488AA). I use Windows XP SP2 and all the latest drivers from HP web site are applied.

My monitor is an Acer AL1916W, with a native resolution of 1440X900.

The problem is that when I use the external display, connected to the docking station, about half an inch of the screen is missing to the right hand side. If I use a program in full screen I cannot see the right scroll bar. I do not see Windows clock either.

Any tips or suggestions ?

Thank you.

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Just an old fashioned windows issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 6, 2007 11:16 PM PDT

Nothing busted I fear. It's one of those Windows annoyances that we have to tell Windows the monitor capabilities. There are more than a few ways but I'll share what I do.

1. Find and offer windows the MONITOR.INF for the new monitor so it knows about it's "skills." After that head to display properties to set not only the screen size (pixels) but pick what monitor to use.

2. If you couldn't do item 1, try setting the video screen pixels manually and try other refresh rates.

Remember this is not a bug but an annoyance. Nothing busted but something we all wish would just work without out help.

Bob

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No this time
by pierrot.robert / June 7, 2007 12:00 AM PDT

I think this does not apply to my case.

The display IS set to 1440X900, so XP "knows" that my monitor is capable. And I can't try another refresh rate as it is a LCD, not CRT.

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Yes this time.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 7, 2007 1:51 AM PDT
In reply to: No this time

I run into this far too often. Let me be clearer.

Did you use the MONITOR.INF file from that monitor's maker?

Yes or no? If no, go do that.

Bob

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monitor.inf
by pierrot.robert / June 8, 2007 4:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Yes this time.

I did install the MONITOR.INF for the AL1916W and it did not change anything.

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After that we choose that monitor in ...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 8, 2007 4:53 AM PDT
In reply to: monitor.inf

Display Properties, here's the screen I usually check to make sure the monitor is selected.

http://www.smartcomputing.com/editorial/fullsize.asp?guid=A1A3F01EED314527B8FA3ED49966E8AD&image=00968694.jpg&caption=Setting+a+refresh+rate+of+72Hz+or+75Hz+reduces+flicker+and+possible+eyestrain%2E

If we could see yours (screenshot at photobucket.com) that would be nice.

This area is still annoying and we all wish we didn't have to check it over.

Click that properties button to select your new monitor if it's not on that panel.

Bob

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Solved
by pierrot.robert / June 14, 2007 10:03 PM PDT

I opened a case with HP tech support and a still unreleased BIOS update solved it.

Thank you.

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