I have a laptop that works perfectly fine on its own. However, I recently added an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse, routing it through a port extender. Back when it was my primary computer, I used it with the same setup, but a different monitor. It worked fine back then.
Now, though, it’s a little wonky. One of the primary uses of this machine is to run my Everquest trader. For those not familiar with Everquest, it’s an on-line game, with it’s own marketplace and economy. A trader simply sits in a bazaar like place, hawking my wares for hours on end. As such, I have the game up and running for many hours. While I do that, I sometimes minimize the game so I can run Web searches, browse the SD, or whatever.
Problem is, when I minimize the EQ screen, the monitor starts acting up. If I don’t have my Windows desktop resolution and the game resolution set exactly the same, minimizing the game causes the whole screen to go black, and the only way out is to reboot. If they’re set the same, I can minimize, but the image on the screen is then distorted. You can see an example here.
This only happens if I’m running EQ in a small or minimized window.
If I’m in the browser, hitting “refresh” fixes the image in the browser. But if I navigate back and forth, it screws up again.
I’ve downloaded & installed the newest drivers for both the videocard (ATI Mobility M4) and the monitor (some Sony piece of crap my husband bought). I’ve rebooted multiple times. If I remove the monitor and just use the laptop screen, I don’t have this problem. Help!