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Accidently turned off monitor and can't turn it on again

  1. #1


    Posts : 4
    windows 8

    Accidently turned off monitor and can't turn it on again


    Hi forum,

    I feel pretty stupid, but I have a problem, that I just can't figure out how to solve.

    I installed the win 8 upgrade on my desktop yesterday. I have two monitors connected but only one of them was working, even though I upgraded the drivers for the graphicscard, I wasn't able to enable the other monitor. This is, however, not my problem.. As part of me trying to figure it out, I hit the "Devices" button in the menu and disabled the only monitor on there. I thought it was the one which wasn't working, but it turned out to be the one already working, so now none of the monitors are on and I have no idea of how to get them working again.

    I'm guess that I'm looking for some sort of a keyboard shortcut to enable the monitor again, can anyone help?

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  2. #2


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    The Windows key and P brings up the "PC screen only - Duplicate - Extend - Second screen only" menu bar. Mine defaults to PC screen only. The up and down arrow keys cycle though the options.
    Try Windows key + P and then Enter. If that doesn't work try Windows key + P, down arrow, and Enter.

    Second Screen - Duplicate, Extend, or Switch Display in Windows 8
    Last edited by Brink; 11 Nov 2012 at 11:32. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    windows 8


    Cool alphanumeric, I'll try that! Thank you!
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    No problem, I hope it works for you.
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    Posts : 4
    windows 8


    It doesn't work, but I'm guessing that it's because I'm not logged in. Is it possible that you could tell me exactly which buttons I need to push from power on and untill it works, and in which order to push them?
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  6. #6


    Posts : 4
    windows 8


    No need! I finally made it work! Thank you so much for your help
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


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  8. #8

    it didnt worked on me


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    i tried the + p arrow down button and enter but it didnt worked but when i push the power button to turn it on, no light was seen on the power but when i release my finger on the button, the light pops out and disappear again. do you have any idea of whats going on or whats the problem?
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  9. #9


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    i was tricking around with eyefinity and i disabled 2 out of 3 monitors out of figuring out why i couldnt have 3 monitors (just bought the 3rd)

    i have to give you kudos on this one, although im on windows 7 ultimate, windows key + P + arrow down = life saver.

    also found out i needed and active display port adapter which i thought i bought but didnt to make the 3 monitors work together.

    also should mention i did this at the login screen when you get the password before going into windows 7 desktop.

    + + alphanumeric, slightly off center is just about enough for me
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