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Computer used to work with projector, and now doesn't?

My computer used to work when connected to a projector. There is now no image when I connect it, but the projector recognizes it (blue screen goes black). There is just no image projected...it stays black.

I have tried this with 3 projectors, and all don't work. Is it my graphics card driver? I have no ideas...

I have a Dell Inspiron 1520.

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  • gewow Jan 13, 2009

    Yes it's Fn F8. When I do this, that's when the screen (projector) goes black, but does not project the image.

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Have you tried pressing Fn F5? On my system (HP), by computer monitor goes dark when I connect the projector. Pressing (Function) FN F5 toggles the video between Computer Monitor, Projector, or Both.
Check the function settings for your computer. On my Compaq laptop at home, the video function is F4, so there may be different settings for your computer.
Good luck!

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Have you tried pressing Fn F7? when you hold down the Fn key you can tap F7 and a little icon will come up with 3 boxes, LCD (this means projector only) Monitor/LCD (this means the computer screen will be on along with the projector screen,) then the last box will say Montior (This means you will have only the comuter monitor screen on) To get the computer screen and the projector both on to work simulatneously you want the Monitor/LCD

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HDMI
The HDMI connection is very popular among display electronics. In fact, nearly all modern televisions and projectors feature HDMI ports. Most laptop computers support HDMI and it is becoming more prevalent on both desktop as well; even without a high-end video card. HDMI is quickly becoming the standard for all electronic equipment for its high quality signal and ability to carry both audio and video signals. The image to the right is that of an HDMI cable.


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The VGA connection is the most common among both desktop and laptop computers, is found on most projectors, and some TVs. The VGA cable has a 15-pin connector on each end that plugs into a VGA port on each device. Due to the fact that most televisions do not support VGA, we recommend using HDMI for their wider range of compatibility.


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Note: If you are using an Apple desktop or laptop you need a VGA adapter to connect a VGA cable to the computer.

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Tip: There are special cables that convert from DVI to VGA or DVI to HDMI and vice versa.


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