SOLVED! “Lenovo ThinkPad Docking Station Not Detecting Monitors”: Solutions

Lenovo ThinkPad is one of the most promising and rugged build laptops that has managed to garner the trust of businesses across the globe. Packed with a solid build, practicality, and powerful features, there’s no other competition for the Thinpads in the industry.

Till 2017, Lenovo had sold more than 100 million ThinkPads around the world. However, with time and poor management more and more users have started complaining about their ThinkPads. Several problems like bad software updates, lack of proper hardware support, some annoying quality issues have arisen and the ThinkPad docking station not detecting monitors was one of those.

Why Is My Lenovo ThinkPad Not Detecting Monitors? How To Fix it?

This issue often arises after a power outage. You need to verify that all your cables are tightly connected and follow these steps:

  • First, disconnect and then reconnect the dock with the system.
  • Plugin the USB device into another port on the dock.
  • Try disconnecting the dock from your computer and then removing the power adapter from the dock.
  • Finally, reconnect the power adapter with the dock and then join the dock with your computer.

What To Do When No Display Is Showing On The Dock Displayport Or VGA Port? 

  1. Make sure to disconnect and then reconnect the dock from the system.
  2. Now open settings and select multiple display sections to set the setting of the display to expected mode: Extended Mode/Clone Mode.
    • Choose Start > Settings > System > Display or do a right-click on the display and pick display settings.
    • Choose Display & choose options under the Multiple Displays drop-down list.
  3. Now you need to refer to the dock overview page and set proper display resolutions on your dock monitor. 
  4. Try doing power off and power on your monitor again.

My Display Is Flickering On The Dock Monitor

    1. You need to disconnect and then reconnect the dock from the system.
    2. Open setting and then refer to the dock overview page to set the proper resolution of the display on the dock monitor.
      • Choose Start > Settings > System > Display or right-click on the display and then pick Display settings.
      • Choose Display and set Display resolution.
      • Choose options under the Multiple displays drop-down box.
  1. Disconnect & join the monitor with the dock station.
  2. Make sure you use the original USB-C cable included with the dock station.

Why Is the External Monitor Not Detected Via USB Dock?

You might have encountered this error after upgrading to Windows 10. You need to download and install the latest drivers for the USB docking station. Follow this link to download the latest drivers.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1). Why is my ThinkPad not detecting the second monitor?

  1. Confirm whether the correct cables are connected with the PC to the monitor. 
  2. Make sure the power cable is linked with the monitor.
  3. Try a different monitor or cable if possible.
  4. Connect the monitor to a separate PC, if you have more than one available.

For a detailed display troubleshoot, follow this link.

2). How can I connect multiple monitors to my Lenovo ThinkPad docking station?

Using multiple monitors in your workspace to streamline and improve the efficiency of your work and stuck with this issue. Follow this video to know about different ports, connection types, and settings to improve the optimization of your display.



3). How many Monitors can my ThinkPad support?

It entirely depends upon the specifications, you might be able to connect 4 monitors with 2 thunderbolts 3 ports, and an HDMI 2.0 port, including the built-in screen in the 2nd generation ThinkPad X1 extreme.

4). Why is my ThinkPad docking station showing yellow light?

These are the power button indicators. The indicators show the dock and computer status. 

  • Off: Your dock is off, or the computer is in hibernation mode or off.
  • White: Your computer is on.
  • White and blinking slowly: Your computer is in sleep mode.
  • Amber: The dock is on and you are ready to connect it to the computer.

For more details, read this ThinkPad user guide.

5). How can I enter BIOS on a Lenovo ThinkPad?

First, turn on the system. Click F1 at the Lenovo,  ThinkStation, ThinkPad, or ThinkCentre icon during bootup.

ThinkPad Booting Screen

The following pictures display sample BIOS screens.

Note: For some models, instead of pressing the F1 button, start continuously pressing Enter button during starting it until a Startup Interrupt Menu shows up. The actual menu may be different from the screenshot.

If these steps do not work, try using these step-by-step instructions by Lenovo.

Tips and Tricks for ThinkPad

  • To access the ThinkPad reading light, press and hold the “FN” button then click the “Page Up” or “Page Down” key to turn on and off the light.
  • To change your screen brightness, first press and then hold the “FN” button then click “Home” or “End” to adjust your screen brightness.
  • For the ThinkPad external monitor and projector shortcut, press and hold on the “FN” button on the keyboard then press the “F7” button to open the external monitor menu and switch between the built-in screen and external monitor. You can use arrow keys to pick if you only want to show one monitor, both monitors or you want to completely exit the external monitor menu. 
  • For more tips, watch this video.

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