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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If the LCD works during the start-up process and then blanks as soon as the OS launches, chances are that the LCD has been turned off via some sort of hotkey function. Many laptops have a hotkey to do this. Is saves power when the laptop is used to run an external display or projector. Check the FUNCTION keys for icons in BLUE. One of them may be a turn-on/turn-off for the LCD. To test it, press and hold the FN button (normally lower LH corner near the WINDOWS key), and then press the blue hotkey and see what happens.
Connecting an External Monitor or Data Projector 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
How do you know that the laptop is booting into windows did you connect to an external monitor
and if it did work on external monitor you could then uninstall the display driver in device manager or do a system restore and then when windows restarts it may load the correct driver ( if that is/was the problem )
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
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 ( i dunno how much of the screen is blind/which corner you still see) then goto display - properties - advanced - monitor : her you should be able to switch to the external monitor.
If your are just talking about getting the external display to work (meaning your laptops display works) they usually have a hotkey to switch screen such as FN (function key, usually where the windows key would be on desktop keyboards) + F5. Somewhere on your laptop you should see a picture of 2 monitors with a line between them on one of your keys hold FN and press that key and it should switch displays.
you said the display doesnt work ...
connect an external monitor and than start the laptop and than chk if you are getting a display ... if yes ... contact the technical support of the laptop mfg coz maybe you will need a new display