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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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You can switch to an external monitor or data projector by two methods. 1. Connect the external monitor to the laptop's video port, power up the external monitor first and the laptop. The video information will automatically switch to the external monitor. 2. If you power up the laptop first then you can switch the video output to the external monitor by pressing the Fn key and one of the Function keys, depending upon your make and model laptop. You can also toggle between the external monitor or both LCD screen plus the external monitor or back to LCD screen only by pressing the Fn key plus one of the function key a few times. Here is a list of key combinations for some of the laptops :- IBM ThinkPad = Fn + F7 HP and Compaq = Fn + F4 Toshiba = Fn + F5 Dell = Fn + F8

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If you are sure that it is booting into windows but cannot see anything you could try restarting pressing F8 while booting to get you into safe mode and see if that will show on monitor if it does you could uninstall the display driver reboot and hopefully windows will reload the correct driver

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you con get a new LCD monitor using this information


to enable an external monitor you will have to switch it on by right-clicking on the desktop
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