DisplayPort to HDMI Not Working – in Microsoft Windows 10

Another computer fiasco in the information technology world order. Let me cut to the chase immediately in this blog post. Microsoft is notorious for NOT supporting certain hardware or in this a cable.

I earn supplemental income on a website where I answer computer and technology related questions. Here is the initial request:

“I have Idea Pad 330 and an external Think Center monitor. I installed the latest update to windows 10 and the BIOS, Ideapad still doesn’t recognize monitor. Is there a specific driver to install and how do I get to it to download and install?”

I will spare you some agony. I was NOT able to fix this DisplayPort to HDMI not working problem on a computer with Microsoft Windows 10 operating system. It is possible that Microsoft has not release drivers or is compatible with Display Port to HDMI cables.

In this instance this individual had an HDMI connection on their Lenovo Idea Pad 330 laptop. They had a Think Center TIO 21.5 inch touch monitor with just a Display Port connection. This client took my advice and is going to try to exchange this computer monitor for one with an HDMI connection.

I will post the troubleshooting steps that I performed. However, keep in mind you may not be able to fix your DisplayPort to HDMI Not Working problem. In the future Microsoft could start supporting these types of cables or it will just start working.

I have been able to get certain hardware to work with Windows 10 operating system, even though this hardware was older or that it was NOT officially supported. Here is my response:

Have you tried going into Device Manager to see if that monitor is being detected? Also, if you are connecting your laptop to your monitor via HDMI cable it might get detected easier by hooking it up first and then booting into Windows 10. Another thing you can try is looking for the FN key and F10 keys.

Press the FN key and then the F10, this is supposed to make Windows use the external monitor. You may need to press these keys twice. Can you try pressing FN F10 and choosing those options until one works.

There might be buttons on the monitor itself that allows you to change the connector type. Is display port the only connector on that monitor? Another trick you can try is shutdown your laptop.

Leave your monitor turned on. Close the lid on your laptop. If you cannot power it on without opening the lid, then quickly power on the laptop and close the lid.

This should force your laptop to used your external monitor. Now see if Windows 10 detects it and it works. Yes, I would try the previous instructions.

Shutdown the laptop. Power on laptop, immediately close lid. See if it forced the external monitor to work.

I am searching to see if it is the HDMI to DisplayPort. I think you said you had two cables? Can you try the other one?

Can you press the windows key + P. How many options are available? I have an external monitor connected.

I have four options to choose from:

PC Screen only
Second screen only

Will it let you choose one of the last three? It detects your IBM monitor. You should be able to just left click on one of those choices and it should start working.

It could be a drivers issue with your graphics device. Also, it could be many reasons why. You might just want to buy an HDMI monitor to go with your HDMI laptop.