Having problems with your HP Pavilion dv2500t Notebook ?

When i plug laptop to tv, only desktop shows, no icons, nothing.

\015 I am using a monitor cable to plug my hp to the sony tv, and when i plug it in, the screen on the laptop goes to change resolutions, and then doesn't come back fully. all i have is the desktop picture, but there are no icons or start menu or anything. i don't even have a mouse apparently. i try pressing fn+f4 but it doesn't do anything, so now i'm pretty much at the end of my rope and about two seconds away from tossing myself. help!\015

Answers :

You have to go to "Display" properties... (right click on desktop and go to properties)
\015\012on one of the tabs that comes up you should see 2 boxes one with a number ONE in one box and a number TWO in ther other. Right-click on the TWO box and click ATTACHED.
\015\012Then click and highlight the TWO box and underneath the two boxes there should be a checkbox that says "Extend my desktop to this monitor" and then hit APPLY.
\015\012If you have any issues with how its being displayed on your TV you'll have to adjust the size of the ONE and TWO boxes to be of equal resolutions.
\015\012(if FN+F4 doesn't work to get your desktop back, Try FN+F5 or the key on you laptop with the monitor icon)
\015\012Hope this helps!
Excerpt from HP's website: http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01369231&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&product=3369421&rule=4365&lang=en
\015\012Try the following items if you encounter problems when trying to connect a TV to the computer:\015\012\015\012
  • \015\012Certain display adapters need to have TV set as the primary display adapter before it can be recognized at all. If the computer is not "detecting" the TV as a display device when the computer is turned on, set TV as the primary display device in Windows and restart the computer.\015\012
  • \015\012Turn on the TV before turning on the computer.\015\012
  • \015\012TVs require their source setting to be changed to the video source that the video card is using. Select either Input 1 , Input 2 , or S-video by pressing the Source or Input Source button on the TV's remote control. This can vary depending on the type of TV you are using. If your TV does not have this capability, then you will not be able use it as a second monitor without using special video signal processing (not covered in this document). For more detailed instructions, consult the manual for your TV. \015\012
  • \015\012Set the screen resolution to 800 x 600 or less from Display Properties on the computer.\015\012
  • \015\012Use only one video source. Do not connect two cables to the same TV or monitor.\015\012
  • \015\012A TV accepts either a PAL (Europe) or NTSC (North America) signal, depending on the country it was made for. Make sure that the signal format of the TV matches the signal output that the card produces (for on-board TV-output, this setting can be changed in the BIOS).
\015\012I hope this helps.
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