Articles in Category: Displays and Display Devices

Displays, monitors, screens … the output device on which your computer displays its activities and results, include LCD, CRT and whatever technologies they think of next.

HDMI port on a laptop

Can I Use My TV as a Second Display?

Most modern TVs and computers can be connected easily, but there are a few issues to be aware of.

UPS

How Do I Shut Down a Machine with No Display?

It’s not difficult to shut down a machine if you can’t see its screen — as long as you plan ahead.

Scale

Making Things Look Bigger in Windows 10

Windows 10 makes it easy to make things bigger on the screen.

Resize - before and after

Adjust the Size of What’s on Your Screen in Windows 10

Windows 10 made adjusting the size of items on your display much easier.

Brightness Control

How Do I Adjust the Brightness of My Screen in Windows?

Adjusting the brightness of a monitor or display can often be done right on the display itself. Sometimes it’s also possible to adjust the brightness in software.

1920x1200 Resolution Example

How Do Pixels and DPI and Resolution and Picture Size and File Size All Relate?

Photographic images have a number of characteristics that we often don’t consider. I’ll review how digital pictures are constructed and stored and what you need to keep in mind when sharing or publishing.

Display and Computer

What Does “No Signal” Mean?

“No Signal” is a message coming not from your computer, but from your display device, indicating that it has nothing to display. I’ll review possible causes.

Black Screen

Why do I get a black screen on my computer after a while?

A black screen on your computer can mean several things. A black screen is most commonly a screen saver, but there are other possibilities.

VGA Connector

Will My Old CRT Work with a New Computer?

Of course it depends, but you may be able to get that old monitor working with a new computer.

Touch Screen

Why Are Touch Screen Monitors so Much More Vivid?

Touch screens are normal screens with touch detection built in. There’s no obvious reason it would be brighter, but I have a few thoughts.

Laptop with External Monitor

How Do I Use My Television Screen with My Laptop?

It is common to use an external screen, or even a projector with a laptop. More than likely you can set up your TV using the same connectors.

External Monitor

Why Does My Monitor Go Dark for a Few Seconds?

A monitor going dark could indicate a couple of different problems, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you have a hardware issue with the computer itself. I’ll show you a couple of ways to diagnose the problem.

Can I Add More than One External Monitor to My Machine?

Depending on the hardware ports that you have on that laptop, you should be able to simply plug in a monitor. I’ll show you your options.

External Monitor

Why Does My Monitor Stretch and Distort My Display?

To get the clearest image possible it’s important to have a graphics card that can produce the native or prefered resolution of your monitor.

External Monitor

What’s this obscure message on my monitor and why can’t I make it go away?

Computer monitors are smart devices these days but they too can fail. It’s not always your PC showing an error, and that message on your monitor might be from the monitor itself.

How Does Screen Resolution Work?

Screen resolution is a simple concept, but when combined with the myriad ways that Windows can be configured, it can quickly become confusing.

External Monitor

Why Does My Screen Go Black After the Windows Screen When I Boot?

It usually means your desktop settings don’t match your video card’s or your monitor’s capabilities.