Created: December 24, 2022

I have an Acer 1080 laptop and want to hook it up to my TV with an HDMI cable

I can get my home screen on my TV, but that is all. My laptop shows whatever I open, but the TV only shows the home screen. Is there a function button that allows output to get to the TV.
Last Edit: January 6, 2023
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Jake Jeong
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Hello, thank you for using Howly. I’ll be happy to help you out! May I ask your name?
Customer Reply
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You too!
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The instructions are a little bit long so let's do it step by step :)
Boot the computer and configure the new display by selecting “Control Panel” from the Start menu. Double-click the “Display” icon and click the “Settings” tab.
Customer Reply
Yes, I can't find the control panel. However, I can get to settings,
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Do you have Windows 10 or 11?
Customer Reply
10
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Noted
Click the bottom-left Start button to open the Start Menu, type control panel in the search box and select Control Panel in the results.
Customer Reply
I'm being a pain, but when I hit the start button, I have three options, Sleep, Shutdown, Restart but nowhere to search
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Press Windows key + R then type: control then hit Enter.
Did it work for you?
Customer Reply
Yes, I got to a page that is labeled "adjust you computers settings
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Ok, good
In the Control Panel go to Appearance and Personalization -> Display
Make sure “Smaller – 100%” is selected.
Customer Reply
Apperance and personalization is up, but I can't find dispaly
Jake Jeong
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What options do you see?
Customer Reply
Task bar Nav, ease of access, file explore options, fonts
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Please try this --> Select Start > Settings > System > Display.
Customer Reply
Got it
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Great!
Make sure “Smaller – 100%” is selected.
Customer Reply
Don't see Smaller - 100%
Just two big boxes with a 1 or 2
Now I'm not sure this thing has windows 10, it might be 7
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Use the drop-down menu next to Display resolution.
Customer Reply
I don't have Display resolution
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May I ask you to send me a screenshot of what you see?
Customer Reply
I can take a pic and text it
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To attach your screenshot to our chat, you need to press the paper clip button in the lower right corner of the chat window. Then you have to choose an image and confirm sending.
Customer Reply
I'm chatting on a different laptop
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Right-click on the desktop of your computer and select "Screen resolution". Click the drop-down menu labeled "Resolution" and use the slider to select the desired screen resolution
Customer Reply
Don't have Resolution and when I click on Display settings it takes me back to the two big box screens
Jake Jeong
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I'm not sure which bix box screens you mean.
Can you tell me what else you see?
Customer Reply
the page is labled Display, two big boxes labled 1 and 2 with 1 having a blue background and then a slide bar at the bottom for brightness and color
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Ok, got you
Please press the Windows logo key + R, type winver in the Open box, and then select OK.
This will display your Windows version to make sure which one you have
Customer Reply
It is 10
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On the laptop which you are trying to connect to the TV, right?
Customer Reply
yes
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Noted
Customer Reply
Just for info, my other laptop works fine with the TV
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Thank you for the details!
On Start > Settings > System > Display, do you see Scale and layout?
This start:
Customer Reply
no, but there is an identify and detect box below the two big number boxes
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I see
Customer Reply
and I can drag the big boxes around
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Do you see this screen?
Customer Reply
I have display resolution
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And do you see the same screen I sent you?
Customer Reply
yes, sorry
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Ok, great

Here choose 100%
Customer Reply
got it
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Ok, good
Check TV for any changes
Customer Reply
If have the laptop hooked to the TV with an HDMI cable and it is still only showing the background of my home page
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I understand this
Do you have any changes on the screen after changing to 100%?
Customer Reply
No. do you think it could be a cable
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No, it is unlikely
Customer Reply
What about resolution settings
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Please try different options and check if there is any changes on the TV screen
Customer Reply
I just hit display orientation and it changed the home screen on the TV
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How exactly did it change?
Customer Reply
I can go to portrait on flip it in landscape
Jake Jeong
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Please try different display resolutions in this section

Got it
You can return to the way it was by clicking display orientation again
Customer Reply
Yes, it changes the screen - in fact I can now see the tool bar at the bottom and the time
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Can you, for example, open a browser, or do you see icons on the desktop?
Customer Reply
Could it be that bluetooth is turned off?
I don't have icons except in the tool bar, but the laptop screen has them diplayed in the main screen
Jake Jeong
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No, since you connected it via HDMI, Bluetooth has nothing to do with this
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Please press the keyboard Win key + P.
You should see this menu:
Customer Reply
Wow, laptop went blank but now the display screen is on the TV
Jake Jeong
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After pressing Win key + P?
Press Win + P again and without releasing the Win key, press the P key several times
Check the changes on both screens
If you see the menu I sent you above, the "Extend" option should be chosen
Customer Reply
Yes, and now the icons have moved to the right side tool bar.
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Ok, I see
Try what I wrote above, please 😊
Customer Reply
OK, I had everything on the laptop on the TV, after pressing extend, TV is back to home screen
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And no icons?
Customer Reply
Icons on the bottom again, and the extend selection is on the TV, but not the laptop
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Please choose Duplicate Mode
Customer Reply
The laptop and TV are indentical
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And no icons on both screens?
Customer Reply
Just on the right side toolbar and now I can't see the homescreen so I don't know
What if I hit PC screen only?
Jake Jeong
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It will be displayed only on laptop screen
But try to hit it
Was the taskbar moved from the bottom to the right side?
Customer Reply
you are right, and dupicate brought back to the TV
I think it might be working-should I try to open something, like Spotify
or anything on Google/
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Yes, sure!
If you need to return the taskbar to the bottom, follow these steps:
1. Click a blank portion of the taskbar.
2. Hold down the primary mouse button, and then drag the mouse pointer to the place on the screen where you want the taskbar. Done, and I'm playing music with the the TV matching the laptop. I think we got this!
That's good to hear!
Customer Reply
Think you for your patience!!!
Jake Jeong
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I'm happy I could help you🤗
Is there anything else I can do for you today?
Customer Reply
I'm not the best at this stuff, if you were here, we'd have a drink, maybe a couple? I give you a great review!
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Thank you!
We are glad that you have resolved your issue using Howly!
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