It's probably showing an extended desktop on the television. If you open a word doc or IE, you'd be able to drag it over from the primary screen to that screen.
So if you want to mirror, or use the TV as the primary device, you'll have to right click on the desktop, choose PROPERTIES, then the SETTINGS tab and then Click "IDENTIFY". If you see a #1 on your primary screen and a #2 on your TV, then you're using the extended desktop settings. Depending on your graphics card, driver or software, you should easily be able to change this.
Does that help?
Just purchased a 46" 6000 series HDTV and am trying to get my Toshiba Laptop to display on the TV screen. Using a VGA cable between the two. VGA is the only compatible connection method.
The desktop background photo shows up beautifully on the TV screen, but that's all that's there. No icons. No cursor. Absolutely nothing else. The laptop operates normally and displays fine, but the TV screen never does anything.
Can anyone assist?