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Hotkeys don't seem to work correctly

Connected external monitor to the laptop, can view the wallpaper on the external monitor, however, cannot switch to it completely. When I use fn f5 keys I get the mouse to move onto the external monitor, but that's all, it's still just wallpaper and the mouse.

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Most likely Missing Drivers.. Go to the manufacturers website and get updated drivers for your make/model... mainly the chipset drivers, mainboard drivers, usb/hotkey/keyboard drivers etc....

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