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How To Reset HP Monitor

You sit down to use the computer only to discover that your HP monitor is not working. The monitor is displaying an error message when it should be displaying video. How can you reset a HP monitor?

To reset a HP monitor, power cycle the monitor by turning the monitor only off. Unplug the monitor for 5 seconds and then plug it back in. Turn the monitor on. If possible, try connecting the monitor to another computer.

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Whether your HP monitor is black, is displaying an error message, or simply doesn’t look right, this article will help you troubleshoot the issue and will walk you through how to reset the monitor.


The first place to start when troubleshooting any issues with a HP monitor is to make sure the monitor itself is receiving power. Your computer may be on, but power may not be reaching the monitor. Make sure the power light on the monitor is illuminated.

If the monitor light is not on, the monitor is not receiving power. Unplug the monitor from the computer and its power source for at least 30 seconds. Reconnect the cables and try turning on the monitor.

Video Cable

Oftentimes monitor issues are related to a faulty or damaged video cable. Try connecting the video cable to another monitor, if possible, to see if this is the case.

Inspect the video cable for any signs of visible damage. Any bends or kinks in the cord mean the fibers inside the cable are damaged and will need to be replaced.

Video Connectors

Inspect the video connectors for signs of damage. Check for bends or breaks, even missing pins, in the connectors.

A word of caution here. Some HP computers come with a plastic cover over the graphics cards. Do not remove the cover.

If you remove the cover, the graphics card will have to be removed or the video will not work. It is better to make the connection with an adapter.


BIOS is your computer’s Basic Input/Output System. It manages the flow of data between the computer’s operating system and any attached devices, such as a monitor.

Each time the computer is started, the BIOS runs a systems check to make sure all connected devices are operating correctly.

If something was recently reset or updated, or even upgraded, the BIOS may need to be reset back to its default settings. The BIOS can be reset by pressing a sequence of buttons.

Step 1: Turn the computer on and press the F10 key repeatedly for 8 seconds.

Step 2: Press the ‘Down’ (↓) arrow key 3 times in a row.

Step 3: Press the ‘Enter’ key 2 times in a row.

Step 4: The computer will restart automatically. If the monitor is still not working, continue reading this article.

Power Saver Mode

Another possibility is if Windows recently upgraded. Windows may be starting up in Power Saver Mode, producing a blank screen.

If this is the case, press the Power button or the ‘Suspend’ key after Windows loads to see if the computer comes out of the suspended state.

If the computer remains in a suspended state, here is how you can disable the Power Saving settings in the BIOS. You will need to connect the monitor to a working monitor to do this.

Step 1: After you turn the computer on, press the F10 key until the BIOS Setup Utility opens.

Step 2: Select the ‘Power’ tab.

Step 3: Scroll down and select ‘Hardware Power Management’.

Step 4: Press Enter.

Step 5: Navigate down to ‘Disable SATA Power Management’.

Step 6: Save the settings by pressing the F10 key.

Step 7: Select the ‘File’ tab.

Step 8: Select ‘Save Changes and Exit’.

Step 9: Press the ‘Enter’ button twice to save and exit.

How Do I Hard Reset My HP Monitor?

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You have checked all the cords and connections and reset all the monitor settings but the monitor is still not working correctly. How do you hard reset a HP monitor?

You can hard reset a HP monitor by power cycling the monitor. Unplug the monitor from its power source for 30 seconds. Next, press the ‘Menu’ button on the front right panel of the monitor. Use the side buttons to select the ‘Management’ section > ‘Reset’.

Performing a hard reset of your HP monitor will delete any saved preferences. Once the monitor is up and running normally again, you will need to go back in and reset all your preferences for color, contrast, brightness, etc.

How To Do A Factory Reset On HP Monitor

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You have tried everything and your HP monitor is still not working correctly. The last resort step is to do a factory reset. How do you do a factory reset on a HP monitor?

You can do a factory reset on your HP monitor by pressing the menu button on the front panel of the monitor. Once the On-Screen Display Menu appears, select the ‘Factory Reset’ option. Wait 5 seconds and then turn the computer on.

Performing a factory reset will resolve minor glitches and bugs in the monitor’s software but it will also delete any saved settings and preferences within the monitor. The settings within the monitor will be just as when you first purchased it.

How To Reset HP Monitor Display Settings

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Hp monitors are known for having crisp, clear screens. If your HP monitor is not looking as clear as it once did, it may be time to reset the monitor display settings.

You can reset the HP monitor display settings by pressing the ‘Shift’ key while restarting the computer > select ‘Troubleshoot’> select ’Advanced Options’> select ’Startup Settings’> select ’Restart’> select ’Enable Low-Resolution Video’.

Adjusting the display resolution to a setting that is compatible with the monitor can resolve some video/monitor issues. Once you select ‘Enable Low-Resolution Video’, you can use the scroll bar to further customize the appearance.

Step 1: Restart the computer.

Step 2: Once the logo appears, repeatedly press the F8 key.

Step 3: Select ‘Enable Low-Resolution Video (640×480)’ when the Advanced Options Menu appears.

Step 4: Use the scroll bar to adjust the size of the lower buttons. Below you find how to do this if you are using Windows Vista or Windows XP.

Windows Vista

Step 1: Click on ‘Start’.

Step 2: Select ‘Control Panel’.

Step 3: Select ‘Adjust Screen Resolution’.

Windows XP

Step 1: Click on ‘Start’.

Step 2: Select ‘Settings’.

Step 3: Select ‘Control Panel’.

Step 4: Double-click on ‘Display’.

Step 5: Select ‘Settings’.

Step 6: Adjust the slider bar to find the best compatible resolution for your HP monitor.

Step 7: Select ‘Ok’.

Step 8: Restart the computer.

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If these steps do not allow you to select a lower resolution setting, the graphics drivers may need to be updated. Go to to see if there are any pending graphic driver updates.

How To Reset The Power Button Lockout On My HP Monitor

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Few things are more frustrating than finding out your HP monitor has locked you out. How do you reset the monitor when the power button locks you out?

To reset the power button lockout on my HP monitor, press and hold the Power button for 10 seconds. Continue holding the button until the error message goes away. If the message does not go away, the hardware behind the Power button is defective.

It is easy for the Power button on a HP monitor to get accidentally pressed. If objects are leaned against the monitor, the Power button can become depressed for so long that the hardware behind it becomes damaged.

Unfortunately, resetting the monitor will not resolve this issue. The hardware, or the monitor itself, will need to be replaced.

How To Factory Reset HP Monitor Without Password

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You power on your HP monitor and you are greeted with the message that your monitor is locked. You don’t have a password for your monitor. How can you reset the HP monitor without a password?

You can factory reset the HP monitor without a password by rebooting Windows. From the Windows login screen, press and hold the Shift key while clicking on the ‘Restart’ button on the menu. Click on ‘Troubleshoot’ > ‘Reset This PC’.

Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the restart process. Once the process is complete, you can set up Windows with a new user account without needing a password.

Another way to factory reset your HP monitor without a password is by going through the Recovery Manager.

Step 1: When you start up your computer, press the F11 key several times until the recovery menu appears.

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Step 2: Once the Recovery Menu appears, select ‘Troubleshoot’.

Step 3: Select ‘Recovery Manager’.

Step 4: Select ‘System Recovery’.

Step 5: Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.

How To Reset Color On HP Monitor

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Whether your HP monitor is not displaying color correctly or it is only displaying certain colors, resetting the monitor will clear out any minor glitches that are causing this issue.

You can reset the color on the HP monitor by going to Windows Display settings. Go to ‘Settings’ > ‘Display’ > ‘Advanced Display Settings’ > Display Adapter Properties for Monitor 1’> ‘Color Management’ > ‘Calibrate Display’.

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