Solved My external monitor only shows my laptop background no icons or current program displayed, how can I fix this? Tags: Laptops Windows XP Icons External Monitor Monitors Last response: January 23, 2014 7:58 PM in Laptops & Notebooks Share steve741 January 23, 2014 12:08:49 PM I am using Xp on my laptop and trying to use another tv as a monitor. I see my laptop picture but no icons.Programs opened on laptop are not visible on the monitor. How can I view all laptop contents on external monitor? Thanks More about : external monitor shows laptop background icons current program displayed fix Reply to steve741 Best solution jarotech a c 201 D Laptop a b C Monitor January 23, 2014 12:40:58 PM Hi, go to this site, it will explain all you want to know : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307873 Reply to jarotech Share steve741 January 23, 2014 7:58:01 PM Thanks for the info, it resolved my issues. Reply to steve741 m 0 l Ask the community Post an answer Related resources I have a 1TB external hard drive but my laptop shows it only has 10GB of space. How do I resolve this? Forum Display driver has crashed now my laptop's built in monitor has no display but works on external monitor but only on safe mode Forum Laptop only displays on external monitor Forum How to display laptop screen on external monitor Forum How to make external monitor the primary display when my laptop screen is broken Forum More resources Read discussions in other Laptops & Notebooks categories Battery Acer Asus Dell Hewlett Packard iPad Toshiba Vaio !