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Monitor has stopped working

So, 3 things happened today. I updated my nvidia driver, I updated Windows 8, and there was a lightning storm. At any rate, upon getting home, my 2nd monitor for this laptop will recognize that the cable is connected, but not recieve any signal. And windows refuses to see it. I have tried a system restore to yesterday, and updating all drivers in the system manager as well as rebooting/reconnecting things. For reference I have a Lenovo U410, with a GeForce 610M and Intel HD graphics 4000.

This WAS sending out through the hdmi port. Now the only option I can get in the display menu is to try and force VGA, which does not work, and does not seem like the right thing anyway.

Any-thing I can try? and any way to see if the monitor is borked without a second computer? It powers on/off and says "cable disconnected" or "no signal" just fine.

Thanks for any advice, obviously any extra questions are welcome too.

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    QuantumTurkQuantumTurk Registered User regular
    Small update: tested the monitor with a friends laptop, and it works just fine when hooked up via the blue analog connection. Does not mean the digital/hdmi is not blown, but it does mean the monitor itself is not wholly dead.

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    QuantumTurkQuantumTurk Registered User regular
    Annnd drinking goes poorly with trouble-shooting. Kinda disabled my display driver. Apparently the nvidia one wont just kick on to take the load so I have a blank screen and seemingly no way to navigate.....HELPPPPPP

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    QuantumTurkQuantumTurk Registered User regular
    Ok, forced system restore got my screen back at least. Still no luck making the monitor work, but I quit for tonight.

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    Le_GoatLe_Goat Frechified Goat Person BostonRegistered User regular
    Can you plug your laptop into another monitor/TV using HDMI?

    Also, drinking with troubleshooting always leads to somewhere bad

    While I agree that being insensitive is an issue, so is being oversensitive.
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    QuantumTurkQuantumTurk Registered User regular
    I don't have a TV, and sadly the other computer only has analog out. I'll ask around though.

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    Le_GoatLe_Goat Frechified Goat Person BostonRegistered User regular
    If you can get the HDMI port to work on another device, you can rule out a shot port

    While I agree that being insensitive is an issue, so is being oversensitive.
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    DraygoDraygo Registered User regular
    Shot HDMI ports are not all that uncommon a problem unfortunately. Get it tested.

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