Lenovo T400 / T500 :: Dual Monitors On T430 - Docking Station Only Support VGA Connection
Dec 18, 2013
I just received my new t430 and having issue with dual monitors. I am using the Intel HD 4000. I have it connected to a ThinkPad Port Replicator Series 3 (Type 4336). The docking station only support VGA connection. My new t430 only has a VGA connection on the side.
I have 2 monitors. One is connected to the VGA on the docking station. The other is connected to the VGA on the t430 itself.
While the machine is docked, Monitor #1 that is plugged into the docking station works, while Monitor #2 that is plugged into the t430 does not.
While undocked. Monitor #1 does work (obviously because undocked), but then Monitor #2 does work.
So I know both monitors are working and configured for VGA input. My questions is, why can't both work at the same time? While undocked, I can use laptop screen and Monitor #2 as a dual monitor. So I don't believe there is something wrong with the Operating System (Windows 7).
I used to be able to do this on my t420. With one monitor using VGA, and my other monitor using a DisplayPort. But looks like this model my company purchased doesn't support a DisplayPort (at least don't have the connection.)
I know the Intel 4000 video can only handle dual video, but is there any way have both those streams on external monitors. I have one that is extended and I would like to use another port to simply passthrough the interal display signal. I am using the series 3 miniport plus which has two digital/dvi ports and a vga out. In connecting to the second digital or the vga I get no signal. Likewise with the side VGA on the PC. I wouldn't even mind if the laptop display stayed lit as long as I could see it duplicated on a real monitor AND KEEP MY EXTENDED DESKTOP on another extenal monitor.
Seems like an obvious feature for a docking station.
I recently picked up a T431s from the outlet. Nice ultrabook. Lighter than my T520 and T410. I have been using the 4337 and 4338 dock solutions for both of those units. I had done research before purchasing the T431s and was assured by Lenovo that the unit would work in both a 4337 and 4338 with an adapter (part number 04x0856 - Lenovo CS09 Dock Adapter). The part is shown here: CS09 Part. The T431s did not ship with the Lenovo CS09 Dock Adapter and I have been looking everywhere to locate one so that I can use it in either the 4337 or 4338 dock. Is there another part number that I am missing?
Is it possible to use two external monitors with my T440p (20AW-A08500) with Intel HD Graphics withou having to buy a dock? I normally use my laptop at home with the lid shut and two monitors attached.
I used to have X1 (still do - now up for sale) and that was happily connected to two monitors via HDMI and via a MiniDP to DVI adaptor.I wrongly assume when I bought the T440p that I would be able to somehow power my existing two monitors from the single MiniDP port.I have seen their is a Lenovo DisplayPort to DualDisplayPort adaptor - but this talks about ThinkCentre usage - no mention of Thinkpads. Plus the price of this adaptor is pretty steep.
I have a T520 thinkpad with a docking station. I can get my headphones to work fine out of the laptop, but I would like to leave my headphones plugged into the headphone jack on the dock itself. The computer doesn't seem to recognize this jack is even there. My only sound options are the laptop speakers and the audio jack on the right side of the laptop.
How to enable the audio jack on the back of the dock?
Replacing the stock mSATA SSD used for caching on the T430 with a large capacity SSD and placing an OS on it?
I've got a T430 with dual boot Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu. I rarely use the Window partition, and I want leave it on the HD and migrate the Ubuntu partition over to a new mSATA SSD installed in slot currently used for caching for Windows. I'm not concerned about Windows slowing down without the cache, but I do need a bootable windows partition.
I was about to go ahead and purchase a suitable mSATA SSD for this process when I read the hardware maintenance manual (pg 26) and mSATA update guide, which made me think that using the mSATA for anything but caching on the T430 might be problematic.
I have a T510 running Win7 64-bit. For at least 3 years, I have had the same dual monitor setup (2 DoubleSight DS-1900S) running off my minidock with the laptop closed. The rgith monitor is the primary, running off the DVI port, while the left uses the analog port. I was away for a week at Scout camp, powered on the system once while I was there, and when I came back to the office, my monitor setup started failing.
Specifically, the right screen is active but it no longer displays the signal being sent to it. When I powercycle the screen, I can see the display for about a quarter of a second, then it goes blank. When the problem first started, I could cycle it about 20 times and eventually it would stay on, until I left the unit overnight and it went to sleep, at which point the probelm started again.
Sounds like a wonky monitor? I have a backup set of monitors that I swapped in, and had the same exact problem, so that appears to rule out a mechanical defect. More fun facts: I can only use the laptop screen as a standalone display. I cannot get the multidisplay control panel to open, even though my left screen is powered up. However, one of my programs that normally launches to my right (main) screen will still launch, but not to my laptop screen. It really wants to live on my right screen, even when that screen is not powered on (I can close the program by accessing the icon bar at the bottom of my laptop screen).
I have a T420 that I'm using with a Mini Dock Series 3 - 90W 433710U docking station. I'm trying to connect to two external monitors (both HP 1965's) using the DVI and VGA outputs on the docking station. From the VGA output, I'm running a VGA (M) to DVI (M) into my monitor. I can only get either the DVI or VGA outputted monitors to work by themselves, but not together. When I connect both external displays, it will switch off one of the external monitors (the first one connected). Both are verified working as external monitors with the T420, just not at the same time. When using the DVI output, I can get dual monitors to work using the ThinkPad display as one monitor and the DVI-connected external monitor as the second. Is there a way to connect to two external monitors from a T420 with a Mini Dock Series 3 - 90W 433710U docking station? Or do you a multi-monitor adapater, such as an Cirago HDX3DV01 to do that?
I am running a IBM Thinkpad W540 with a Lenovo Ultra Dock Docking Station 170 (Model 40A20170US). I have 3 Asus 23.6" LED HD Monitors (Model VN247HP). These monitors have a standard VGA connection and 2 HDMI ports, By default you are provided a VGA cable and a HDMI-DVI cable. When I plug these monitors into the Ultra Dock no signal is found(including the VGA).
When I plug into the direct VGA port on the laptop, the monitor gets signal. If I use a Mini-DP connection with a Mini-DP-DVI adapter I get signal just fine. If I plug my this monitor into my desktop under HDMI and DVI connections it works just fine.
I have gone into the bios and confirmed that under display the "Video Mode on Dock" is set to Advanced(I tried standard and it did not work any better). I have the latest video drivers for the Intel HD graphics driver (10.18.10.3412) and the NVIDIA Quadro K1100M (22.214.171.12452). The USB ports work just fine, as does the power cable for the docking station. I tried applying the latest firmware update but the program runs and nothing happens. I checked for any other drivers that might have resolve the issue but have not had any luck.
I just got my docking station for my Dell e5520. I got the one monitor to work with the VGA set up. I would love to get the two DVI monitors working instead of one monitor. I am not sure if this is possible or not. If it IS possible, how do I go about doing it?
I'm an owner of T430. I have toshiba hitachi 500gb and mini ssd 16gb running windows 7
Right now as I was working on an assignment i got a Microsoft Warning that my Hard drive was failing and that i have to run a back up (which I am doing right now)
Never had this problem and I've been using computer for awhile now and it's my first time seeing the warning window. Is there a way to see if this is a "real" problem? is it caused by viruses? and is it covered by my warranty?
I just ran lenovo solution center hard ware scan and passed everything except my mini ssd. with a code WHD00D001-UI4W8F.
So it seems like my hard drive is working fine, I had some problems with hardware scan failing my mini ssd before.
My new T430 has both the built-in Intel and NVidia graphics controller (see system specs below). Question: how do I switch to the NVidia controller? I can open both the NVidia and Intel control panels, but for the internal (laptop LCD) display I don't see any way to enable the NVidia controller.
System specs ============= Microsoft Windows 7 Professional x64 THINKPAD-T430 Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3520M CPU @ 2.90GHz Memory (RAM) 8.00 GB Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000 NVIDIA NVS 5400M
after installing every software i will need on my notebook, i closed it (sleeping) and put it in my backpack. i only needed it again after 2 days. when i touched the bag it was already hot in the outside, i opened it, and my Lenovo was burning... i turned my computer on, the battery went down to 13% from 100% (2 days ago), as it was sleeping, i would have suggested it uses roughly 10-15% in 2 days.
my questions are: 1. is the heating thing normal while sleeping? what could have caused the problem? 2. is it possible that some parts of the computer got damaged in such a hot atmosphere? (note that i kept it in a closed bag)
possible solution to question 1: i ran a command prompts, typed in the code that tells me what is allowed to wake my computer. noticed the external Logitec mouse and that Intel giganet networks were allowed, so i disabled both. it was probably the mouse as it was in the same bag, i guess it was moving in the bag and waking the computer?
I have a T430 (2342-CTO) with an i7-3520M processor that I purchased at the beginning of 2013, and I loaded Virtualbox along with an appliance. When I ran the appliance, it gave me an error something to the effect that virtualization is unavailable on my machine.I went into the BIOS and found the settings for dynamic frequency and hyperthreading for the CPU, but I didn't see any entry for virtualization - where to look or what to do to enable this feature?
I am in the process of changing from a Crucial 256GB M4 SATA SSD to a Crucial 240GB M500 SSD. (I'm unable to upgrade the M4 firmware as laptop has UEFI BIOS). I have imaged the M4 to an HDD and find that the C: partition is 12% defragmented and the recovery partition Q: is 99% defragmented. I have a Lenovo T430s laptop running Windows 7 Professional. Should I defrag both partitions before installing the new SSD, or not bother? Also the Q partition had only 2GB free on the M4. Should I increase this when I change to the M500?
I've been having this weird problem where my Fn+F5 combination (which toggles wireless on and off) has stopped working. I recently uninstalled, and then reinstalled, the lenovo driver for power management in windows 8 64, because I was having the same problem with putting the computer into sleep mode via Fn+F4 (I think by reinstalling the driver, it fixed the sleep mode problem but screwed up my "toggle wireless" ability via keyboard). If the power management driver was potentially the culprit for these two problems, and I reinstall it once again....
I cannot install Windows 8.1. I have a T430. I go into the app store, start installing 8.1, it downloads, starts installing, and fails just after that point -- at 54% -- with the error message 0x80070002. That apparently means "File not found", but the Windows Update logs don't point to which file is not found, only giving:
The sound quality is junk its as if i am listening to a really low quality audio file all the time this is through the headphone jack. I cant find any settings to fix this in the drivers and if i use a 3rd party eq such as in vlc player it just gets worse.
If I turn the master down to 10% and turn up 3rd party volume the signal distorts at 50% signal on the 3rd party hard core.
I have got a problem with my T430. I'm not able to boot from usb stick. I checked BIOS settings like 1000 times. Approx. 8mo ago I installed an Ubuntu form usb stick, and everything went well. But now, I guess after BIOS update (2.54 or 2.56) it doesn't work any longer. Today I saw on support webpage information about BIOS version 2.57. It has even written that it solves my problem: "Fix an issue where the system fail to boot from USB device by configuration.".
Brand New M4800 with docking station - I have ordered two new (large) monitors.In the meantime I have two old squarish VGA monitors. Because I cannot get these set up right.
On a desktop PC, I have good resolution on these old monitors - one connected via VGA-VGA cable plugged into DVI adaptor, the other connected via VGA-DisplayPort.I tried to copy this on the new laptop - I plug in one monitor using the VGA -VGA to the VGA on the back of the laptop or docking station: result is laptop display plus VGA on terrible resolution that I cannot seem to change!
Second monitor - VGA -VGA lead, but nowhere to plug in, so I got the VGA-DisplayPort adaptor and tried plugging it into the laptop's DisplayPort socket (not on docking station) - it "sees" it, but then, in display settings software, it crashes.
WHAT I NEED:
(a) Laptop lid closed, two VGA monitors at decent resolution - OR -
(b) 3 monitors: laptop display plus two TGA monitors at decent resolution.
Closing then opening the lid to enter and return from hibernation sometimes restores sound. When this does not work restarting the machine usually restores sound. But the sound fails again after an indeterminate period.
Opening Ubuntu Linux in Virtualbox now displays the message "Some audio devices (PCM_in, PCM-mic) could not be opened".
Lenovo ThinkPad T430 2344-DAG Intel Core i5 3230M CPU 2.60GHz 8GB RAM Windows 8
I have a brand new TV with USB, RS232, HDMI connections and of course with a screen in16:9 aspect ratio. I want to use my existing RS232 cable to connect my T430 to the TV and display videos/movies that I want to view with others. HOWEVER, the video output always gets a black bar top and bottom from the T430 when the TV is connected. As a result, the image is stretched side-to-side both on the TV and on the T430 simultaneously showing the video. It is ugly. If I watch a movie in the very wide movie format 2.35:1, the bars are of course even larger and the movie is simply unwatchable it's so thin, top-to-bottom.
This is true regardless of the video source on the T430, either a movie via VLC or MediaPlayer off the hard drive, or streaming.
Two odd things: it does not happen if I play a movie on the TV directly from a USB key - it has a USB port and that works just fine. Also, if I simply unplug the RS232 from the TV then everything gets restored and the image on the T430 is perfect without any bars top and bottom.
In summary, a 16:9 video source connected to a 16:9 TV via RS232 is given black bars top and bottom, and there is no control on the TV that can correct this (TV has two settings for RS232 display, 4:3 and 16:9. 4:3 actually displays the 16:9 ratio correctly, but with a large black frame around it. And 16:9, the "auto" setting, gives the problem above).
So I have two questions:
1. Is there a setting on the T430 that I can adjust to resolve this issue so that the black bars are suppressed for 16:9 video replay?
2. If I switch to using the more expensive T430 minidisplay output (via an HDMI adapter) and connect that way, is it likely to fix this issue? I don't want to go to the expense of the adapter and HDMI cable if it will give essentially the same result.
This only applies to videos. That is, when I close down the video, the 16:9 desktop that shows on the TV is identical to that on the T430 and aspect ratio is not squished on either display.
So it's something to do with how the machine sends out the video streams via RS232 that's screwed up somehow.