Remote screen only displays limited Desktop view

davem11, Sep 29, 9:47pm
Hi there

Ive a Acer Travelmate 5730. Im having trouble getting the desktop to display over VGA cable (to my newsish TV) All I get is the Acer Home splash Screen irrespective of whats on screen on the Laptop.

And Im getting nothing at all through the new HDMI cable.

I cant understand why the Acer splash screen come up, but not whats actually on screen. F5, Fn F5 keys do nothing at all.

Help please.

davem11, Sep 29, 9:53pm
When I said Desktop, its the icon free image you get in Settings - Display - Themes.


thecoolshop, Sep 29, 10:10pm
If you are running Windows 7 then you could try holding down the windows key and pressing 'P'

little_egypt, Sep 29, 10:26pm
What you're probably seeing is the 'extended' desktop rather than 'mirrored', the desktop you see on the TV is beside the one on the laptop; if you drag a window off one side of the laptop desktop it will drag 'onto' the TV desktop and then you can make it fullscreen on the TV.

If you just want the TV to be the same as the laptop screen, there should be an option for 'mirrored' display in the desktop settings somewhere.

hapukanz, Sep 29, 11:10pm
Easy way to see if what little_egypt has suggested is to move the mouse pointer off the screen to the right on your laptop. If the pointer appears on your TV then you DO have extended desktop showing. So do as suggested and all will be well.

davem11, Oct 1, 7:48am
Thanks coolshop but I'm running XP

davem11, Oct 1, 7:52am
Thanks little egypt but I can't find a "mirrored" display anywhere

hapukanz, Oct 1, 8:36am
What graphics card are you using! and have you upgraded your drivers

badcam, Oct 1, 7:01pm
Did you try the suggestion in post #5!

jhwjhw, Oct 1, 9:58pm

davem11, Oct 2, 5:25am
Thanks - the mouse appears on the tv when moved to the left! but not the right of the laptop

davem11, Oct 2, 5:34am
Not sure where to find graphics cards infobut I have upgraded my drivers-thanks

davem11, Oct 2, 6:06am
No luck there John

lostdude, Oct 2, 7:55am

davem11, Oct 3, 4:43am
Tried this but no luck-thanks

king1, Oct 3, 5:38am
this is normal behaviour for an extended desktop

if you click and hold the top of a window (internet explorer, a folder etc) you will be able to drag it on to it.It only goes to one side of the laptopbecause it EXTENDS the desktop, you cant go both ways unless you have extra monitor.

If you must have it extend to the right hand side then you need to swap the positions of the screen either physically, or by adjusting the graphics properties.

This is a wee bit of a learning curve because there are lots of different options and you really need to learn and understand the different options to use dual screens effectively.


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