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Hi everyone. This is probably a simple issue. I have just bought an ASUS computer running Windows 8.1. My old computer (Windows 7), would detect when I plug in a new screen (e.g. connecting my laptop to my desktop screen) and automatically change the screen settings for that screen. Now I find I have to re-start every time I plug in a new screen for the display settings to work. Then re-start again when I go back to using the laptop screen.

Wondered if anyone could advise what I'm doing wrong.

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1


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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Linux Mint 17.2
    Computer type
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba Satellite C850D-st3nx1
    AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon (tm) HD Graphics 1.40 GHZ
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon™ HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Hard Drives
    Crucial M500 240GB SSD
    Logitech M525
    Internet Speed
    45/6 - ATT U-Verse
    Google Chrome
    None needed. It is Linux.
    Other Info
    Arris NVG589 Gateway; Router - Cisco RV320; Switch - Netgear GS108 8-Port Switch & Trendnet TEG-S50g 5-Port Switch; Access Points - Engenius ECB350, Trendnet TEW-638APB; NAS - Lenovo ix2-4; Printer - Brother HL-2280DW; Air Print Server - Lantronix XPrintServer

    A/V UPS - Tripp-Lite Smart 1500LCD 1500 Va/900 W.


Monitors typically are NOT "hot-swappable" - and for good reason - you risk shorting out the card and/or monitor if the plug is not perfectly aligned while inserting or removing. This is one reason KVM switches are typically recommended.

IMO, you've been lucky if you were successful in the past and I recommend you just leave the external monitor connected, or just plan on shutting down, connecting then boot up when connecting it.

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    W10 Pro
    Computer type

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