#StackBounty: #keyboard #laptop Dell Vostro laptop – Assign special keys

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Dell Vostro laptop has three special keys. There is Dell software for windows – ‘quickset’ that allows to assign an action for those keys. But for Linux there seems to be no way to identify and assign the keys. However, one, ‘settings’ key works – it opens the ‘start’ menu in xfce (maybe kde5 too).

Can I somehow identify those special keys and assign them, for instance, the right key in that row to turn off/on the monitor?

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#StackBounty: #laptop #display #multiple-monitors #resolution #hp-spectre Dell dual monitor is unstable with my HP laptop

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At work, I have a Dell monitor as a dual screen in addition to my HP Spectre laptop screen.

I have a Dell hub that has the monitor, ethernet, mouse and keyboard as inputs, and then this connects to my laptop via USB.

For the most part it works fine, but there is some strange behaviour regarding the monitor. I will try to describe some of the weird things and see if anyone has any idea of a fix.

Firstly, when I take my laptop home and use it alone, I always have to adjust the screen resolution so it looks okay. No problem.

When I use it again the next day at work:

Sometimes the laptop screen comes on and the monitor remains black.
When I go to display settings, sometimes the Dell monitor appears as a display and sometimes it does not. Sometimes it will appear and then disappear and then reappear, every 10 seconds or so.

Sometimes the Dell monitor will be black for a few minutes and then it will just turn on, and everything will look fine.

Sometimes when the system does recognise the Dell monitor, it will have swapped its position with respect to my laptop screen (i.e. the system thinks I have to move my mouse to the right to appear on the Dell monitor, which is actually to the right).

Quite often, I just restart a bunch of times, and on the (say) third time, it will be okay.

I don’t think there are any loose connections because:

  1. Once the monitor is on and appearing fine, it stays like that all day – even if I move it around.
  2. As I said, sometimes, restarting fixes it, even when I don’t touch any cables.

It just seems that my system can’t quite figure out when resolution / how many monitors and it seems to sometimes jump around between two states trying to figure it out. It usually takes me between 10 and 30 minutes to get it stable each morning, and I don’t even really know what is working. I just restart and change resolution and mess around with anything until it decides it is happy.

I don’t know where to start looking for a fix so if anyone can point me in the right direction that would be great thank you.


Now the Dell monitor never comes on at all – it doesn’t seem to be recognised. Like I said, I’m pretty sure it’s a software issue rather than a connection problem.

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#StackBounty: #windows-10 #laptop #graphics-card #multiple-monitors Docking Station not Detecting 2nd external Monitor

Bounty: 50

I have the following Setup which i can not get to work.

2 Monitors (same Size, 2560 x 1440 Pixels, I tried recuding the resolution to 1920*1080, which did not change anything) Connected to a Dell WD15 Docking Station using a mini Displayport to DisplayPort Cable and a HDMI Cable.

The dell WD15 is connected to my Notebook (Acer Aspire V Nitro (VN7-593G) with GeForce GTX 1060, Windows 10 latest, detailed specs here) using the USB-C connector.

The Laptop only detects the Monitor connected using the HDMI Cable, the other one is not detected in the settings of the PC.

I tried to find out if the Bottleneck of my setup is the Docking station or the Laptop itself. But i could not find much Information which matches my Setup.

Is it possible to support two Monitors with my Laptop, or is it a general Problem of my Notebook and has nothing to do with docking Station and Configuration

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#StackBounty: #laptop #graphics-card #hdmi #gpu #amd-graphics-card How is it possible to find out the HDMI version on windows?

Bounty: 50

I would like to know, if my laptop can output 4K/60Hz to the TV, using the HDMI cable. Unfortunately I have no idea where to find this out.

I’ve found some similar questions, but the answers were not generic, they just answered it for that specific computer.

My laptop is: HP Notebook – 15-ay108nh

The CPU is i5-7200U, which has HDMI 1.4 (4K 24Hz ?), but it shuld be able to output 4K 60Hz on the display port.

The GPU is: AMD Radeon™ R7 M440 Graphics (4 GB DDR3 dedicated). I was not able to find out, what kind of HDMI output does that have.

The laptop has only one HDMI output, but I don’t know if it belongs to the integrated or dedicated GPU.

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#StackBounty: #networking #wireless-networking #router #laptop #wireless-router Netgear WN3000RP-200PES Universal Wi-Fi Range Extender …

Bounty: 50

I have a Dell Inspiron 5370 which has the Qualcomm QCA9377 802.11ac Wireless Adapter. I have a TP-Link TL-WR841N 300Mbps Wireless-N Router in the other room.

My earlier Thinkpad used to get the wifi signals fine even in my other room. But the Dell couldn’t. So I purchased the Netgear Wifi Extender & set it up with the same SSID – so that the laptop seamlessly works when I move it across rooms. This worked fine for a month. But since then I am facing issues – my laptop tries to connect to the extender but fails & then goes back to connecting to the router whose signal is too weak & hence unusable. I have to turn the extender on 2-3 times & also disconnect/connect to the SSID 2-3 times on the laptop before it successfully connects to the extender. The extender is very close to the laptop so it’s not a signal strength problem. All the lights on the extender also seem to be fine/same when it does connect to the extender & when it doesn’t. I have even done a factor reset on the laptop but the problem continues. I think the Extender says “No internet” & hence the laptop goes back to connect to the main router, but I am not 100% sure about this.

I have latest firmware on both the wifi adapter & the extender.

Is there a way, I can troubleshoot this further?

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