08-23-2010 08:03 AM
I have a ThinkPad T410 with Windows XP SP3. I've installed the latest Presentation Director (4.55) and the latest Intel HD drivers (188.8.131.5273). If I hook up my external LCD monitor (an HP L2045w) directly from the VGA port on the monitor to the VGA port on the laptop, I can extend my video display to this monitor. However, if I attach the monitor through a KVM switch (a Belkin Omniview E series), I can't. I don't have a dock for this laptop.
The weird thing is that if I set the BIOS so that the external display is the boot display, the external mointor shows the boot screens even when on the KVM switch. I can even get the external display to work on the KVM switch if I boot into Safe Mode. But when I boot into Normal mode while on the KVM switch, the external monitor goes dark as soon as Windows switches video modes, and after I log in I can't extend my display onto the external monitor.
08-24-2010 10:06 AM
I'm having exactly the same problem.. I'm thinking it might be a power issue (the power adapter for the omniview series was optional) - but I've never seen this before, and I'm seeing other external monitor issues crop up... let me know if you find a solution.
Oh, my keyboard and mouse work fine, just not the monitor.
08-31-2010 06:58 AM
Even more strange: I have found that when I have something else on the KVM switch (a Toshiba laptop) that is using the monitor, and I switch to the ThinkPad, the monitor briefly displays the background of the ThinkPad desktop before going dark. Very odd.
09-01-2010 01:07 PM
Add one ... I'm having the same problem. I'm using a Trendnet TK-407 KVM switch (4-port, VGA, USB, does not use an external power supply). Regardless of which ports I use, which order I boot the computers, and whether or not I use the docking station, I can't get the external monitor to work with the KVM switch. I'd sure appreciate some help.
09-02-2010 02:26 AM
I have exactly the same problem using an EDIMAX 4 port USB KVM with a Dell monitor. The switch and monitor work fine with my two other PC's but I just don't get any monitor output when I switch to the T410. (Keyboard and Mouse switch OK and work fine). If I connect the monitor direct to the T410 and then switch using F7 all is OK.
Any help will be appreciated.
09-30-2010 04:44 PM
Has anyone found a solution for this?
Same problem, second monitor works great on a direct connect, but attach it through a switch and no dice.
Has there been any solution posted?
T410, with or without docking station/port replicator ---> Belkin OmniCube --> 24" flat screen VGA input
The moment I introduce the switch, the whole thing reverts back to single screen.
Lenovo, when will this be fixed???? I've been using this switch with a T60 for 4 years!!!
09-30-2010 04:48 PM
btw -- I am an IBM employee, and this T410 is my new employee workstation.
This means there are 100,000+ of these T410s rolling out to IBM employees and we're gonna all want it fixed
Please take a look at this, it is repeatable 100%
12-01-2010 11:24 AM
my T410/2537/E41 recognizes the external monitor on my kvm, but drops my display intermittently, then comes back. It may do it once per 5 minutes, 3 times, one right after the other, and when it comes back, my icons are messed up. Sometimes I can go a whole day without it happening, but usually happens frequently. When it drops, it makes the sound like a device was removed, then connects. It happens all night long as well as it sometimes wakes me up at night. It's really ticking me off!!