Fixed: Intel Graphics Control Panel Won’t Load

After hours of searching the Dell Community forums and Google searches,  I could find nothing that helped solve my problem. My Dell Inspiron 5559 just would not load the Intel Graphic Control Panel that I use to detect and control an older monitor used as a second screen.   It had been working fine but all of a sudden failed to launch. All I could see was a thumbnail.

The fix:

I tried changing the primary built-in monitor to a lower screen resolution. That worked! The Intel HD Graphics Control Panel now showed up. Once it was up I had it detect my second monitor and then returned the resolution back to the 1920×1024 recommended resolution for the built-in display.

Problem solved. I’m not sure what triggered this anomaly but it might have something to do with setting up a custom resolution on the second screen a few days prior. Dell cautions you that changing the display to a custom resolution could cause all kinds of quirky problems.

IGCP (Medium)

If you have both a Dell LCD Monitor and use a DELL notebook The IGCP may not be needed since Dell offers a Dell Display Manager for its newer monitors. I found it useful for working with the older non Dell monitor since I found that the built-in Windows Display manager would not reliably recognize the old Hitachi monitor. That’s what you get for using legacy monitors.


Did you know FM Radio reception is built into Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge?

I totally overlooked this one. Unless you intensely read the specs for the Galaxy S7/Edge you might not know that Samsung included an FM receiver on a chip.  It’s more of a convenience than an earth shattering feature but it really does work. To get it to work just download an FM app from Google Play Store and plug in a pair of wired ear phones into the earphone jack. The earphone jack is essential as it functions as the FM antenna! So what’s the big attraction? If you’re trying to conserve your precious data plan and out of the car jogging you don’t have to use a lot of data to stream from the internet.  Just download one of the FM apps from the Google Play Store. FM apps.

#joggers #fmradio #Samsung S7/S7 Edge