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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Below is information that should help you with trying to get monitor and notebook screen to work.
First make sure your laptop is equipped to be able to connect a secondary display, there should be a port for connecting a standard monitor cable on the back.
Connect your secondary monitor and reboot the laptop, the system bios should recognize that a second monitor has been added.
Then right click on your desktop and bring up the display properties dialog box.
Your laptop should be identified as monitor 1 and you should also be able to see the secondary monitor as monitor 2.
Click on the secondary monitor and check the box that says "Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor".
Set your screen resolution and color quality for the second monitor and click apply.
Directing icons and browser windows over to the other monitor is just a matter of drag and drop.
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If you have trouble getting a display on an external monitor, the issue can be resolved by making the proper settings in the Video Driver Control Panel applet, instead of the Windows Display Properties.
The issue occurs when the display settings for the external monitor are set higher in the NVidia Control Panel than the monitor could display. The settings overrode any Windows Display Properties setting. Similar issues have been seen with the Intel GMA Graphics Controller.
These issue occur docked or undocked with a variety of external displays, projectors and TVs.
So remember that the NVidia and Intel Control Panel settings override the Windows Display Settings.
this is from the manual for your computer. you need to get it on both monitors simultaneously.
When you start the computer with an external device (such as an external monitor or projector) attached and turned on, the image may appear on either the computer display or the external device. Press <Fn><F8> to switch the video image between the display only, the external device only, or the display and the external device simultaneously.
1 Right-click an open area of the desktop.
2 Click Personalize. The Personalize appearance and sounds window
3 Click Display Settings.
4 Select the external LCD monitor in the drop-down menu.Monitors and Displays 51
5 In the Display Settings window, move the Resolution slider bar to the left
or right to select a screen resolution that matches the native resolution of
the external LCD monitor.
6 Click OK.
1 Right-click an open area of the desktop.
2 Click Properties. The Display Properties window appears.
3 Select the Settings tab.
4 Select the external LCD monitor in the Display drop-down menu.
5 Under the Screen resolution section, move the slide bar to the left or right
to select a screen resolution that matches the native resolution of the
external LCD monitor.
6 Click OK.
Using the Display
When you start the computer with an external device (such as an external
monitor or projector) attached and turned on, the image may appear on either the
display or the external device.
Press <Fn><F8> to switch the video image to the integrated
display only, the integrated display and an external CRT monitor simultaneously,
an external CRT monitor only, the integrated display and an external DVI monitor
simultaneously, external DVI monitor only, and external CRT monitor and external
DVI monitor simultaneously.
Since the external monitor displays and dim image on the laptop's LCD screen then the fault is the LCD backlight and it could be the inverter that supplies high voltage to the CCFL lamp or it is the CCLF lamp is burnt out, most likely this is the case. The inverter can be replaced easily but the CCLF lamp is more time consuming and requires soldering skills. Check out www.lcdparts.net for parts, repair service and DIY info.
Most laptops go into standby mode when the lid is closed. To stop this, (Windows XP) click Start, Control Panel, Performance and Maintenance, Power Options, then click on the Advanced tab, select "Do nothing" in the drop-down for "When I close the lid of my portable computer"
The screen probably does work in DOS but the laptop doesn't bother sending it any signal in DOS, it's only when windows starts that windows takes control of the displays and shoots out a signal to the external monitor
I don't know how you would get round this because you can't see your BIOS which you need to go in to and set the primary monitor to external.