Windows 10: Using External Monitors with lid closed

Discus and support Using External Monitors with lid closed in Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance to solve the problem; I had my set up work before. I have a laptop and 2 monitors. One monitor is connected via VGA cord and the other via HDMI. When I shut the lid of... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance' started by RyanSimsa, May 9, 2019.

  1. RyanSimsa Win User

    Using External Monitors with lid closed


    I had my set up work before. I have a laptop and 2 monitors. One monitor is connected via VGA cord and the other via HDMI. When I shut the lid of the laptop the monitor connected via VGA disconnects and wants to go into power saving mode, like if the computer went to sleep, while the monitor connected via HDMI stays on and working. I have verified that Power Options for when lid is closed for battery and plugged in are both set for "Do nothing" and I have tried restarting.


    This set up was working and I had dual monitors working with the laptop closed. I disconnected my laptop from this setup and when I reattached all the cords the next morning it wasn't working anymore. I have tried closing the laptop (screen 1) when it is duplicating screen 2 (VGA), duplicating screen 3 (HDMI), and all 3 screens separate and extended. I don't think I missed anything but I have to be forgetting something.

    :)
     
    RyanSimsa, May 9, 2019
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  2. DCSans Win User

    Closing laptop lid shuts down external monitor

    I have a laptop, (Windows 10) with an external monitor. Whenever I close the laptop lid after powering up the computer the monitor goes dark. How can I power up, close the lid and keep the monitor live?
     
    DCSans, May 9, 2019
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  3. Windows 10 sleeps when using external monitor and closing the laptop lid.

    Hey Likitha

    Thanks for your response.

    Before we assist further, I would like to ask you a few questions:

    • Have you set Sleep function to activate on closing the laptop lid?
    • Did you check if the laptop goes to sleep when not connected to external monitor and lid closed?

    To respond to your questions

    (1) I have set the sleep function to operate on laptop lid close only when the laptop is on battery power. When it is plugged in I have set it to do not sleep ever.

    (2) I have tested that it does *not* go to sleep when I the laptop is plugged in and I close the laptop lid

    Further information:

    (1) When I first turned the laptop on I attached it to the monitor and closed the lid. It then ran successfully for approximately an hour before hibernating.

    (2) I then restarted the system, external monitor plugged in, lid closed and it went to hibernate after approximately 2 minutes.
     
    MelbourneAl, May 9, 2019
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  4. jsmith613 Win User

    Using External Monitors with lid closed

    Close laptop lid - external monitor


    Yep. The computer remained and I could use the external monitor. But all windows on the laptop screen moved over. Currently when the lid is closed, the windows remain on the laptop screen which is then "off"
     
    jsmith613, May 9, 2019
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