I have compaq presario v5000 with win xp. the function f4 goes to tv screen only, then screen & laptop, then back to just laptop. but it is always in black & white on the tv. can you help please? firstname.lastname@example.org thanks for any help. mark
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Win XP and Vista and Win 7 will have the proper drivers for an external projector. Just plug in the projector BEFORE you start the laptop and the drivers should get installed automatically and video should go to the projector (but not the laptop). You may need to adjust the resolution for best image. Once it's running, you can "toggle" from external to internal screen using one of your function keys. It usually has symbols like small TVs on it.
if your "F" function keys are a second function of the keys they are on there will be a key, usally located in the area of the lower left corner of your keyboard. If the "F" functions are in color, so will the key that activates them. The idea is that you hold down the Fn key while striking the selected "F" key
Compaq Presario computers provide users with a row of
function keys for added keyboard functionality. Function keys can serve a dual
purpose as well.
Function keys are located at the top of Compaq Presario
By learning how function keys work on a Compaq Presario you
can take advantage of time saving keyboard shortcuts.Purpose
Use function keys to access menus, save changes and create
Various applications, including Microsoft Office, allow you
to select a function key as a shortcut key for running specific tasks. These
settings are usually found under the Tools, Settings or File menu.
Each Compaq Presario computer has twelve function keys.
The most common used keys are "F2,"
"F8," "F10" and "F12."
The first three are used mainly to access and use the Compaq
BIOS. "F12" is used to access a set of run from options during the
How to Access
Access function keys on a Compaq Presario by pressing any
of the keys on the top row of the keyboard. Access the key's dual purpose by
first pressing the "Fn" key located on the bottom row of keys.
Use function keys as shortcut keys by pressing them anytime
while in the desired application. Remember, you must set them as shortcut keys
Note that some programs may already have certain function
keys set as shortcuts.
Open menus and view the shortcut keys beside each menu item
before setting your own shortcuts.
Each function key has a dual use. Press "Fn" plus
the desired function key for the key's other use.
Below each function number is a small picture within a
square or rectangle.
This dictates the dual use. "F1" opens help and
support. "F2" serves as a printer shortcut.
Open your homepage by pressing "F3."
If you use dual monitors, switch between monitors by using
"F4." "F5" puts your computer in stand-by mode.
Quickly lock your computer by pressing "F6."
"F7" and "F8" adjust the screen's contrast.
Play and pause your music in Windows Media Player or other
default media player by using "F9."
Press "F10" to stop playing media. Skip ahead or
rewind media by using "F11" and "F12."
Other "Fn" Keys
In addition to function keys, the "Fn" key is also
provides other keys with a dual use.
Any key with a small square on the key has a dual purpose
such as the "scroll," "insert" and "delete"
Since laptop keyboards have no number pads, certain keys
serve as the number pad by pressing the "Fn" key.
If you connect the projector to the laptop and power up the projector first and then the laptop, the video data will automatically divert to the video port/projector .
On most Presario press the Fn key and the F4 key The function key will have a screen symbol printed on the key.
Usually most laptops has blue/white function keys top on keyboard they can be used together with Fn button that is left bottom side of keyboard. For example on my laptop with F4 and F5 together with Fn can adjust brightness.