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hook the laptop back up to the external monitor, once it boots and has settled, I would like you to hold down the Fn key which should be at the lower left of the keyboard and tap the F7 key. This will toggle the video output from external to internal or both at the same time. I have never heard of an issue where Ubuntu will allow a video signal, but now windows. I hope this works for you.
You will have to F8 during boot up and run a system restore I am assuming you are running vista...in the F8 boot screen there is a repair vista.. or something along those lines... The problem is a bad update that needs to be re done most likely Sp1
I think I'd recommend you to move to windows 7, to make a long story short, It's like this:
Windows 7 = Windows Vista - All the dumb stuff microsoft decided would be smart, it's way simpler than vista too.
But don't move to Windows 7 before checking if your drivers are supported by windows 7 or else you're plain stuck