My Acer Aspire 5100 completely freaks out when I plug an external monitor into it. I have a 42" TV that can be used as a monitor, and it in fact works perfectly when plugged in to an HP 530 notebook. Both machines running Vista. Changed the property settings to make it work, and the desktop does appear on the TV. But both screens blink every second or so and the laptop basically, well, freaks out. Windows "hour glass" icon appears and you can't do anything until the monitor is unplugged from the laptop. After several seconds, the laptop calms down and is normal again.
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Alright 1) Turn your laptop off, connect the cables to your external monitor such as a t.v, monitor screen, through your apropriate source such as HDMI, VGA, or S-vdieo which ever one you are connecting it to. Turn your external Monitor on, and if it is a t.v make sure it's the the correct input otherwise it won't work. Then Turn your computer on, once your computer is in the Operating system and completly loaded, Then you want to press the FN button + the F5 button to swtich your display from your laptop to your external screen. There is a little Icon that appears on the screen that lets you know that it is switching either it's duplicating, to your external monitor only or back to your laptop screen, your screen may go blank for a second once your made your choise. Then you should be god to go.
2) If it doesnt work, you might want to try loading your computer first and then plugging in the cables and turning your tv on.
3) If that doesn't work, then maybe your FN button is disabled, and you need to enable it in acer windows mobility aplication. If you have question let me know.
Sounds like the power jack is loose if you have to hold it in a certain position. As for the screen your inverter might be shot. Try connecting an external monitor to your laptop and see if you get a display.
yeah you can use two monitor for pleasurable enjoyment.right click and go to properties then settings.then click extend my windows desktop to this monitor.then you just have to connect the external monitor then click identify.
you might need to buy a socket that you would use to bridge the monitor and the laptop.