When using Symantec Drive Encryption (formerly known as PGP Whole Disk Encryption), during boot, the external monitor connected via DVI-D or using another digital cable does not activate to show the Symantec Disk Encryption (formerly known as PGP) BootGuard log on screen.
Incompatible BIOS settings with Symantec Drive Encryption (formerly known as PGP WDE) Pre-boot Authentication screen (BootGuard). This is due to hardware limitations regarding the Nvidia Optimus Technology from the hardware vendor(s).
There are currently no plans to address this issue by way of a hotfix or Maintenance Pack in the current versions of the software or in a future release at the present time. This is due to this being a hardware limitation.
Connect using standard VGA cable to at least one external monitor
Disable Nvidia Optimus (sometimes called Switchable Graphics) in the BIOS
Press Function-F8 on the keyboard (when both DVI and VGA is plugged in, only the VGA cable gets the video signal)
Note: Pulling out the VGA cable while it was displaying to an external monitor and leaving the DVI cable plugged in does not result in sending the video the DVI. You will have to reboot to re-route the signal correctly. The information in this article is subject to change as hardware vendors may introduce new changes to the specifications in the future. At the time of writing this article the reason this does not work is due to hardware limitations with the Nvidia Optimus Technology in its current implimentation from the vendor.
Dell E Series laptops while docking in the docking station
HP Elitebook series while in docking station with external DVI-D or other digital interface
Lenovo T-420 series while in docking station with external DVI-D or other digital interface
PGP Desktop 10.2 and above
Symantec Encryption Desktop 10.3 and above
Imported Document ID: TECH192522
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