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How to connect to external monitor?

Hi all. I turned on my monitor, heard a 'boom' sound, and the monitor went black. Tried pressing the off button and turning it on again, didn't work. Is this probably a problem with the monitor?

Rather than spending money on repairing the monitor, I'm thinking of buying a cheap external monitor. Any recommendations?

Also how do I hook it up (since the laptop monitor is dead)?

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  • spectrumvoid Mar 02, 2009

    I don't have a multilmeter, but the sound came from the laptop monitor. The LED lights up (the yellowish-green ones). I hear some whirring noises when I hit the power button. It doesn't sound 'normal', the fan seems to be a bit louder than normal but I'm not really sure because I didn't pay attention when the laptop was functioning.



    Thanks very much.



  • spectrumvoid Mar 02, 2009

    I forgot to add: my laptop is a compaq presario V2000.

  • spectrumvoid Mar 02, 2009

    ok got it. Thanks!

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You need to determine the fault first.
Can you determine exactly where the boom came from (the adapter or laptop)?
When you turn on your laptop does the LED lights indicating that there is power to the laptop and you can hear the hard drive spinning as well as the fan?
Do you know the power adapter is OK (you can test it with a multimeter)?
If the laptop is dead then the external monitor is of no use.

The laptop normally has a blue video output connector, usually on the back edge of the laptop where you can connect an external monitor or a data projector. When a monitor or projector is powered up first and then the laptop the display goes to the external video first. You can switch between the laptop screen and external video by clicking the blue Fn + F4 function keys.


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  • Chris Hingee
    Chris Hingee Mar 02, 2009

    If the LEDs are showing then you have power from the adapter, so you don't need to test it.

    The next step is to borrow a monitor to see if you can get a display on the monitor.

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