Monitors are important external devices. AOC manufactures low-cost monitors that consume little power, which is why they are so popular. Most new AOC monitors are designed to be connected to machines via USB. AOC monitors are reliable for the most part (since users rarely complain about issues with them). In this article, however, we intend to examine a problem involving AOC monitors.
“How Do I Connect My AOC USB Monitor to My Laptop Running Windows 10?”
This question often crops up on online forums. Before you connect the AOC USB monitor to your computer, you may want to turn off your PC. Go through these steps:
- Grab the USB cable you intend to use. Connect one end of the USB cable to your monitor. Connect the other end of the cable to your computer.
- Turn on your computer. It is supposed to detect the AOC USB monitor automatically.
Note: If your computer struggles to deliver sufficient power to the USB monitor through a certain port, you will do well to connect the cable to another port on your PC.
“Why Is My AOC Monitor Not Working?”
When you connect your AOC monitor to your machine via USB, or when you turn on your device after you’ve already connected the AOC monitor and used it in this setup, you expect your monitor’s screen to light up and start displaying some content. If the described event plays out differently (for any reason), you consider your monitor faulty—and say that it is not working.
Some users have reported that their AOC monitor screens keep flashing on and off. Others claim that they see only the AOC logo. A good number of users see a dark screen, or their monitors remain blank even after they connect them to their machines via USB.
We do not know which of the described events is playing out in your case (when your AOC monitor refuses to work), so we cannot say why the device is not working. At best, we can infer that your struggles are down to the known issues that plague monitors in general.
What If the AOC E1659fWU USB Monitor Is Not Working With Windows 10?
Some reports—especially those from users with AOC E1659FWU USB monitors—point to the issue manifesting itself after an upgrade to Windows 10.
If you started experiencing problems with your monitor only after you installed Windows 10 on your computer, then you have to understand that you are not alone in this regard.
Many people who have upgraded from old versions of Windows (Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, and others) complain about incompatibilities and issues involving their AOC monitors and Windows 10.
How to Fix the “AOC USB Monitor Not Working” Issue on Windows 10
In this guide, we describe solutions to all cases of the “AOC not working” issue. Windows 10 remains our reference OS, so the fixes here also apply to users who have recently upgraded to Windows 10. Here we go.
Fix 1: Perform preliminary checks
Before you resort to advanced fixes to resolve the problem preventing your monitor from displaying content, we strongly advise you to perform some preliminary checks. This way, you avoid wasting your time trying to resolve problems that may not even be in play.
- Check the power supply to your monitor. Press your monitor’s power button to put it on (if this step applies).
When your monitor is plugged in or connected to power, you are supposed to see a standby light. If you don’t see it, then something is probably wrong with the power supply to your monitor. You might have to replace the device’s power cable.
- Examine your monitor’s connection to your computer. Check and confirm that the cable is properly inserted and the contact is strong.
If your monitor is receiving power but is getting no signal (even though it is connected to your computer), then something might be wrong with its video cable.
- Try wiggling or shaking the video cable to see if anything changes. If you have another video cable, you will do well to use it now.
If your monitor supports VGA, DVI, or HDMI—which is unlikely if your AOC monitor is the simple USB model—we recommend you try another connection method. For example, if you are currently using HDMI to connect your monitor to your PC and are experiencing problems, you may want to try VGA to see if things get better.
- Try another port on your computer. Perhaps the port you are trying to use is bad, incompatible, or faulty.
If your computer is equipped with several ports—especially USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports—you will do well to try every one of them (using the video cable) to see if the display issues get resolved.
- Try another display or monitor. If you have another display device that supports the same connection mode as your AOC monitor, then you may want to use it to test things now. You can even try your TV.
If you get the expected content on the second display or monitor, you can take this event as confirmation that something is wrong with your AOC monitor.
Fix 2: Reinstall the AOC display driver
The AOC display driver is a program that defines and manages interactions between your AOC monitor and software on your computer. For this reason, the “AOC USB monitor not working” issue may have something to do with driver problems.
Many users with AOC monitors reported that they had managed to resolve the display failure by reinstalling the corresponding monitor drivers, so we want you to do the same thing. The driver reinstallation operation—especially for the AOC display driver—is a relatively simple procedure.
First, you have to uninstall the AOC display driver via the driver menu accessed from Device Manager. These steps cover the procedure:
- Right-click on the Windows icon in the bottom-left corner of your display.
The Power User menu list of programs and options should appear.
- Now you have to click on Device Manager.
- In the Device Manager window, you have to carefully go through the categories, locate Monitors, and then click on the expansion icon beside this category.
The contents of the Monitor category should be visible now.
- Locate the AOC monitor device, right-click on it to see its menu list, and then click on Uninstall device.
- If your computer brings up an uninstallation prompt, you have to click on Uninstall to get on with the operation.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to uninstall the AOC driver (if this step applies).
Besides the AOC display driver, you may have to get rid of another program that controls display processes involving the AOC monitor. Here, we want you to check the Programs menu in Control Panel. If you find any AOC or DisplayLink Graphics program there, you will have to uninstall it. Continue with these instructions:
- Press the Windows button on your machine’s keyboard.
The Windows Start screen should appear now.
- Type Control Panel into the text box that appears the moment you begin typing.
Windows should now run a search task for the inputted query.
- From the results, click on Control Panel.
You will be directed to the main Control Panel screen, where the content you see is dependent on the View by parameter.
- Click on the drop-down menu for View by. From the options, select Category.
- Locate Programs. Click on the Uninstall a program link.
You will be directed to the Uninstall or change a program screen.
- Now you have to carefully go through the list of programs.
- Once you find an AOC or DisplayLink Graphics program, you have to right-click on it to see its context menu.
- Select Uninstall.
- If Windows brings up a confirmation prompt, or if the program’s uninstaller comes up, you have to click on Uninstall or a similar button to proceed with the operation.
- Do whatever you must to uninstall the AOC or DisplayLink Graphics program.
At this point, assuming you are done with the uninstallation tasks for AOC drivers and programs, you have to restart your computer. After you connect your AOC monitor to it, Windows should detect the new device automatically. Your system will then act to install the needed drivers and programs to enable the monitor function.
Fix 3: Run the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter
If you have been struggling with the “AOC monitor not working” issue since you downloaded and installed Windows updates, then you may be able to resolve the problem by running a dedicated troubleshooter. In Windows, troubleshooters are special programs designed to identify issues and inconsistencies and get rid of them.
Windows is equipped with troubleshooters for different issues and scenarios. Your AOC monitor is a hardware device, so the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter is the troubleshooter most likely to help you with things here.
These are the instructions you must follow to troubleshoot your AOC monitor problems:
- Press the Windows button on your keyboard or click on the Windows icon on your screen.
The Windows Start screen should appear.
- Type Control Panel into the text box that appears as soon as you start typing.
Windows will now run a search task using the keywords you provided as the query.
- From the list of results, you have to click on Control Panel.
- This time, you have to set the View by parameter to Large icons. Click the drop-down menu and select the right option.
- Now you must click on Troubleshooting.
You will be directed to the main troubleshooting menu now.
- If you do not see all the troubleshooters available, you have to navigate to the top-left corner of your window and then click on View all.
- Click on Hardware and Sound.
- Right-click on Hardware and Devices and then select Run as administrator.
The Hardware and Devices troubleshooter window should come up now.
- Click on Advanced. Now you must tick the checkbox for Automatically apply fixes.
- Click on the Next button. Follow the on-screen recommendations and perform the necessary actions (if this step applies) to complete the troubleshooting process.
- Restart your computer.
- Check that the AOC USB monitor is now working.
If the display problems with your monitor persist, you will do well to disconnect the AOC monitor from your machine, run the troubleshooter again, restart your PC, connect the AOC monitor to your PC, and then check things.
Fix 4: Update the AOC driver
At this point, if your computer is still struggling to use your AOC monitor, you have to consider another case of driver problems being responsible for your troubles. Here, we are assuming the AOC driver is permanently broken due to its outdated software or code. If our assumption here about the driver being bad holds true, you will be able to get your display up and running by installing a new driver.
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Depending on the AOC driver your computer uses, one of the manual driver update procedures should apply in your case. If you want nothing to do with such operations, then you can get Auslogics Driver Updater. After you run this app, it will initiate a scan to gather information on the outdated drivers on your computer. It will then proceed to download and install new drivers to replace the old software (all with your permission, of course).
To install a new DisplayLink driver, follow these instructions:
- First, you have to open your web browser app. Click on its icon on your taskbar (or double-click on its shortcut on your desktop).
- Choose your operating system (Windows).
You will be directed to the Windows Driver Download page.
- Scroll down a bit. Under Latest Official Drivers, you have to check for Windows 10 and then click on the Download button there.
You will be directed to the DisplayLink USB Graphics Software for Windows page.
- Click on the Accept button.
Your browser will start fetching the driver package now.
- Once the download is complete, you have to close your browser and then go to the directory where the driver file is stored.
- Double-click on the driver package to run it.
The DisplayLink driver installer or installation wizard window should come up now.
- Follow the on-screen recommendations and perform the necessary tasks to install the driver.
- Once the installation process reaches completion, you have to restart your PC.
The reboot ensures the new driver software becomes effective.
- Check your monitor to confirm that the display issues have been resolved.
To install a new AOC display driver, follow these instructions:
- First, you have to fire up your web browser application. Click on the app icon on your taskbar or double-click on its shortcut on your desktop.
- Now you must type your monitor model into the text box on the webpage and then click on the Search button.
- From the results presented, you have to click on your AOC monitor model.
You will be directed to the main page for your AOC monitor.
- Navigate to the top-right corner and click on Support.
- Assuming you are now on the support page for the chosen monitor, you have to scroll down and locate Driver in the Drivers and Software section.
- Click on the newest driver you see. Do whatever you must to get the driver package.
- Once your browser finishes downloading the driver file, you have to go to the folder where it is stored and then double-click on it to run it.
The AOC display driver installer or installation wizard window should come up now.
- Follow the on-screen recommendations and perform the required tasks to install the new driver.
- Once your computer completes the installation process, you have to restart your PC.
The new driver should start working after the reboot.
- Check your AOC USB monitor to see if it now functions well on your computer.
Other Things You Can Try to Resolve the “AOC USB Monitor Not Working” Issue in Windows 10
Fix 5: Use a USB hub
Here, we are assuming your computer failed to recognize the USB monitor device after you plugged the latter into your PC’s port. In this case, you may utilize a USB hub—connect the USB monitor to the USB hub first and then connect the hub to your computer.
Your computer should have an easier time recognizing the USB hub and working with it. For this reason, the AOC USB monitor may start functioning as it is supposed to.
Fix 6: Use a short (or shorter) cable
Some users report that their AOC monitors come on and work only for a few seconds before going off again; others complain that their monitors get no input from their computers. If you fall into either group, then you may be able to fix your display problems by using a short cable.
It seems power interruptions become less of an issue with shorter cables, especially for AOC USB monitors, which are designed to get all their power from USB ports. We also cannot rule out the possibility that the fault lies with the USB ports since they might be failing to deliver enough power in the first place.
Ideally, you should try as many cable and port combinations as you can and settle with the one that resolves the issue for you.
We hope this guide has been helpful to you in your search for the best solution to the “AOC USB monitor not working” issue. If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us via the comments section below.