1.    28 Nov 2015 #1
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    windows 10

    Both laptop screen and external monitor go black

    I have the new Acer Aspire laptop and a TV which I use as a monitor. They have worked together very happily some time now. But yesterday I had to do a forced shutdown when the start button would not work and the TV screen shrank in size and there were error messages. When I rebooted, the TV monitor stayed black and a computer screen came alive for about 10 seconds as it was rebooting, then went black. I disconnected the TV from the computer and started her up and the computer screen behaved itself.
    Even if I set all of the display parameters to indicate only one screen (the computer screen), if the TV monitor is connected to the computer, I end up with two black screens.
    I have tried many display duplicate and extension.
    No new software installed.
    There is one clue. I disconnect the TV monitor from the computer, boot up, choose duplicates to display. Then I connect the TV monitor to the computer. What happens, for about one second, is that both screens light up.
    What is going on? Help please.
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  2.    05 Dec 2015 #2
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    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1709 Build 16299.125

    If you are still getting the black screens when starting up there is a useful shortcut you can try. Press the windows key + P. This will give you some options to try different combinations of TV monitor and/or screen.

    It sounds like you might need a graphics driver update or roll back to a previous one it is has recently changed.
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  3.    05 Dec 2015 #3
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    Thread Starter

    Hi Philc43. Thanks for replying. I made a wrong assumption and your reply made me question it. I assumed that because both screens were black on startup and remained so, that it would be futile to press any keys as I would be working blind. However, after starting up and waiting until startup had finished, then pressing windows+p, the display menu appeared and I was able to configure. Big thanks.
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