I've already tried asking for help on two other forums, but no luck so far, so I'm just going to cut and paste the problem here and hope you folks know the answer. Thanks in advance. My secondary monitor gets stuck in standby mode (orange light) whenever I try to connect it to my laptop. It works fine for other purposes, such as using an Xbox 360, but whenever I connect it to my laptop (Dell Vostro 1700, Windows XP, nVidia 8600M GT) and configure it to run as an extension of the desktop, it just switches itself into standby mode. I've been using this dual monitor setup for quite a while and it had been working just fine up until recently - I can't imagine having done anything to mess it up, and no one else uses the laptop besides me. Strangely, on device manager it lists "default monitor" three times, and also "plug and play monitor", and these four show up even when the second monitor isn't plugged in (I don't know whether this is relevant though). Does anyone know how I can fix this? So far I've tried: - Messing around with the monitor and display settings on device manager, - Lowering the resolution, refresh rate and color depth, - Reinstalling, upgrading and downgrading the drivers for my video card, - Using the nVidia software to get the monitor working, - Using another monitor instead (the same problem occurs), - Using a different VGA cable to hook the monitor up, - Formatting my hard drive and reinstalling Windows XP. None of this has worked, and I have no idea what to try next, so I'd very much appreciate any suggestions you folks can think of. On a side note, I remember hearing that clearing the CMOS may fix the problem, but since I have a laptop I wouldn't know where to start - is this even a plausible solution? Anyway, again, thanks in advance - I hope you folks can help me.