Dell 1703fpi LCD monitor,http://philadelphia-pa.americanlisted.com/computers/dell-1703fpi-17-lcd-monitor-vgadvi-usb-hub-50-phoenixville_21225579.html
I got that part Dan.........
What I need is what Model Number of Dell Inspiron it is.
This is on the Bottom of the Inspiron laptop.
Because I do not know if the Dell Inspiron laptop you have, has a DVI port, or a VGA port; for an external monitor......
Generic information while I wait.........
Example of Digital Visual Interface port, and corresponding cable,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Visual_Interface
Example of Video Graphics Array port,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VGA_connector
Can be on the side, or back of laptop.
Laptop OFF, monitor OFF, connect the matching video cable from the external monitor; to the laptop.
Now turn the laptop on.....
By factory default settings, the display should now show on the external monitor. (Dell 1703fpi)
There are at least 3 display options available;
1) Internal monitor of laptop ONLY
2) Internal monitor of laptop AND external monitor
3) External monitor ONLY
Press, and hold down on the Fn key. (Usually 2nd key from left on bottom row of keyboard)
AT THE SAME time tap once on the Display Toggle-Over key.
Which one is that? Dunno.
Laptop model number was not stated.
For a Dell Inspiron though, it's usually the F8 key.
(F1 through F12 keys at the top of the keyboard)
Hold the Fn key down, and at the same time tap once on the F8 key.
Hold the Fn key down again, and tap once more on the F8 key.
IF, F8 is the correct key for Display Toggle-Over, and there is no display on the external Dell 1703fpi; then I suggest you have a problem with the video chipset; on the motherboard.......
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