I have a dell inspiron 1500. The screen is broken and the Hinges are locked in a way that makes closing the laptop impossible. I have been using the laptop in conjunction with an external monitor but since I completely wiped and reset the laptop, the monitor isn’t showing anything when I start it up. How do I get the laptop to recognize the external monitor if I can’t see any inputs I make?
You may need to update the driver for the monitor. You may also want to try disconnecting it and then reconnecting it. Then right click on your desktop background and select "Graphic Properties". Make sure you go into the "Advanced" mode and you should be able to set up the second display from there.