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I have a relatively new 27" Acer monitor that I'm using with a VGA connection to my Lenovo T420s Laptop running Windows 7.   After several uneventful months, all of a sudden all icons disappeared from my desktop (even the Windows icons, such as the taskbar and Start button).  All that remains is my wallpaper.  The laptop screen is fine, and when I plug in my previous monitor it works perfectly as well.   I spent time with Acer, but when it turned out that the monitor worked fine with my other computer, then determined it was a computer issue.  I updated my drivers with Lenovo, but that didn't help.  Any ideas?

Thanks,

Phil
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Radhakrishnan R earned 2000 total points
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Hi,

Since you are able to see the wallpaper then definitely the monitor is fine. It may be due to the screen resolution or display setting.

Right click on the desktop and select Screen Resolution>>you will be able to see few options here, in that one of the option called "Multiple displays" section>>Which one selected here? if it it is show desktop only on 1 or show dektop only on 2" then one of the monitor won't display anything. You need to select either "Extend these displays" or "duplicate these displays" option.

Hope this helps
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Thank you!  One related question, though.  If the setting is wrong, then why does my older monitor work?
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