Connecting a TV via HDMI

Dave Close dave at
Fri Sep 11 21:21:07 BST 2020

I asked about connecting a TV via HDMI and explained the problems I
was having with my laptop. Dan Armbrust remined me of the function
keys that most laptops seem to use for controlling things like
this. Looking at them left me a bit nonplussed but I discovered that
the picture of a "screen with horizontal lines slash an empty screen"
on F3 was relevant. When selected, I saw an overlay menu with five
choices. The first choice and default was two screens, one with an
X, so that explained the effect I saw. Other choices were the X
on the other screen, both screens clear with a caption indicating
mirroring, and both screens clear with captions for extending left
and right. Thanks, Dan. Problem solved.

And thanks to Jon Danniken for the pointer about overscan. As this has
an AMD processor, not Intel, that may not help me but it does give some
useful ideas.

Rene Bertin asked:

> Did you get this laptop "bare" or did it come with an MSWin install?
> If so and if you kept it, the 1st step would be to boot under that OS
> and see how things behave then.

The laptop did come with W10 installed but the supplied SSD seemed too
small to setup dual boot. W10 is history. I've since installed a nice
NVMe drive as a second unit to get more space (amazingly easy to do on
this model).
Dave Close, Compata, Irvine CA          "Whenever you have a secret,
dave at, +1 714 434 7359        you have a vulnerability."
dhclose at                  -- Whitfield Diffie

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