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Iv recently been using my television as a secondary display from my laptop , i now go to use my laptop, the windows loading sign come up as i start up then the desktop loads up as i can hear the correct sound effects but the screen on my laptop is blank i believe an alteration has been made with the primary display but as i have no display i cant change any thing the only menu i can view is by holding f8 on start up os:-Windows XP Pro.

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Try using this key alt+ctrl+F12 may work

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