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Laptop doesn't see the monitor i attach to it

Trying to get 2nd monitor (IBM thinkvision 17" flat) hooked up to my laptop, i hook it up but my pc doesn't see it's even there. can't extend desktop onto monitor....

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1st off there is a Fn key, I think Fn + F5? to turn the monitor on. It is a toggle button that toggles between only the monitor or monitor and Laptop screen both or just the laptop screen.

I hope that can help, if not, please tell me what you have tried. As in, does the monitor work on another PC/Laptop?

G'luck

Posted on Oct 24, 2008

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