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I have a Gateway mx3422 notebook. I cannot get the display to clone when I hook it up to a projector. The notebook screen goes black and the display shows on the projection screen.

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  • mbirkey Oct 31, 2008

    Thanks for responding. When I hook up the cable for the projector and
    boot the computer, the opening screens show on both displays. However,
    at some point in the booting, the notebook display goes dark and all I
    see is the display on the projection screen. Working on that screen, I
    open the Nvidia control panel and have three options showing for the
    display; single display, clone, and dual view. I select clone, Apply,
    and Yes to keep the configuration. It shows the two displays, and lists
    the notebook as the primary display for Windows, but nothing shows up
    on my notebook screen. When I use the Fn key with F4, it simply reverts
    the setting to the single display option.

  • Anonymous Dec 23, 2008

    I am unable to use an external monitror


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So, as soon as you hook up the projector, the LCD goes blank? 2 things control the output, the function key to enable the external video and the display settings in Windows. If Windows shows 2 displays (Control Panel, Display, Settings), then change the setting there to enable cloning. If it only shows one display, try the function key for the external video--something like function key F10 or thereabouts. (Well there could be 3 things, the other would be the display driver.)

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Q: How do I view the notebook display on an external monitor or projector in Windows XP?A: You can use your notebook for giving presentations by connecting an external monitor or projector to your monitor (VGA) port. Your notebook supports simultaneous LCD and CRT display. Simultaneous display lets you control the presentation from your notebook and at the same time face your audience. Note: If an external monitor or projector is connected and you close the LCD panel, your notebook turns off the LCD panel, but does not enter Standby mode.
Follow these steps to use a projector or external monitor.

  1. Turn off your notebook.
  2. Plug the projector or monitor cable into the VGA port on your notebook or the optional port replicator.
  3. Turn on your notebook.
  4. Plug the projector's or monitor's power cord into an AC power source and turn it on. Windows® recognizes the new hardware and searches for its driver. You may need to install the driver from the disc supplied by the manufacturer or download the driver from the manufacturer's Web site.
  5. After the driver is installed, right-click any empty space on the desktop, and then click Properties.
  6. In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Settings tab.
  7. On the Settings tab, right-click the second monitor icon (labeled 2), and then click Attached.
  8. Click Apply.
  9. Adjust properties such as Screen Resolution or Color Quality if necessary.
  10. Click OK.
Note: Press FN+F4 to switch between viewing the display on the LCD panel and viewing the display on the projector or monitor.

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  • dcomputerman Oct 31, 2008

    Try using the Windows Display properties instead of the nVidia, see what happens. Thanks


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there is a setting in your desktop
try go into control panel
then click on display then go to
settings and the
advance try locate the dual monitor settings

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