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Need External Monitor to Work

I have a Dell 8600 laptop windows XP. My monitor doesn't display properly (at all). I want to use an external monitor instead. Is there a function keyy to make it start with the external monitor instead?

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  • olbilly Mar 05, 2009

    My LCD works only for a few minutes then goes black. I have hooked the computer to a CRT which works. Is it worth the cost to have the LCD repaired?

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    It lights up but instead of a display I just get a bunch of vertical lines. I connected to an external monitor and works fine. Any ideas on where to start my repair?

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The Fn +F8 combo will toggle between 3 options,

LCD

LCD and EXTERNAL

EXTERNAL only

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Have a look at your bios settings you can disable the laptop screen in favor for the external display

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Go to Control Panel.

Under the Control Panel Home, select Additional Options at the bottom right of the list.

Click on Appearance and Personalization:

At the top right corner of the dialogue box, under Personalization, select "adjust screen resolution"

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While in Display settings, if the external is the #1 monitor, make sure to check the box for "extend the desktop to this monitor" and "this is my main monitor" for the external display. This should switch all settings to the external monitor.

Also, make sure the the resolution is correct for the size monitor you have. For a 20" (such as mine, external Dell monitor) the resolution is at the highest (1920 x 1080).

Also make sure it reads (to the right of that) "highest 32 bit). If this is not an options, make sure you're adjusting the external monitor and not the laptop screen. Otherwise you may need to upgrade your video card.

You should not need to do this though.

After you have set this, go to Advanced Settings and select Monitor. You will see at the top, a list of two monitors; your external with it's brand and name - and the laptop screen type and name. Select the external monitor name: Click on properties, drivers and Update Driver, then select to Automatically search online for driver.

Please let me know if you need further assitance.

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Switching the display output location.
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