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Can't drive monitor

Cannot use external VGA port to drive LCD monitor (Dell 1905 FP)

It doesn't work -- monitor says it can't display this resolution. i'm trying 1024x768. 1280x1024 both at 32bit/60Hz don't work

- I've updated to latest Intel 4500 GMA display drivers
- Restarting Vista gives same result
- I can successfully drive monitor at these resolutions/frequencies using another laptop

Any ideas?

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Try moving the monitor down to a lower res. I would try 640 x 480 first and then go up from there. Also, some adustments may be required in displays for the second monitor....

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Dell 1703fpi


Dell 1703fpi LCD monitor,

http://philadelphia-pa.americanlisted.com/computers/dell-1703fpi-17-lcd-monitor-vgadvi-usb-hub-50-phoenixville_21225579.html

I got that part Dan.........

What I need is what Model Number of Dell Inspiron it is.
This is on the Bottom of the Inspiron laptop.

Why?
Because I do not know if the Dell Inspiron laptop you have, has a DVI port, or a VGA port; for an external monitor......

Generic information while I wait.........

Example of Digital Visual Interface port, and corresponding cable,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Visual_Interface

Example of Video Graphics Array port,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VGA_connector

Can be on the side, or back of laptop.

Laptop OFF, monitor OFF, connect the matching video cable from the external monitor; to the laptop.
Now turn the laptop on.....

By factory default settings, the display should now show on the external monitor. (Dell 1703fpi)
No?

There are at least 3 display options available;
1) Internal monitor of laptop ONLY
2) Internal monitor of laptop AND external monitor
3) External monitor ONLY

Press, and hold down on the Fn key. (Usually 2nd key from left on bottom row of keyboard)
AT THE SAME time tap once on the Display Toggle-Over key.

Which one is that? Dunno.
Laptop model number was not stated.
For a Dell Inspiron though, it's usually the F8 key.
(F1 through F12 keys at the top of the keyboard)

Hold the Fn key down, and at the same time tap once on the F8 key.
Still no?
Hold the Fn key down again, and tap once more on the F8 key.

IF, F8 is the correct key for Display Toggle-Over, and there is no display on the external Dell 1703fpi; then I suggest you have a problem with the video chipset; on the motherboard.......

Awaiting reply in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

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Unclear lettering & numerics


1: Resolving Laptop LCD Lines,
Fuzzy, Color, or Blurry Issues

Verify that the BIOS and Video drivers are the latest available from Support.Dell.Com Website, for more information refer to Dell Knowledge Base article, "How to Use the Drivers and Downloads Website"


Test the LCD in the System Setup (BIOS).
To enter the computer BIOS Setup Screen perform the following steps:
At the first text on the screen or when the Dell logo appears, tap <F2> until the message Entering Setup appears.
Note:
Some older Dell computers use an alternate key sequence instead of to enter System Setup. These key sequences include:
<Ctrl>+<Alt>+<Enter>
<Delete>
<Fn>+<F1> (laptop computers only)
<Fn>+<Esc> (laptop computers only)
If you observe the same issue on the setup screen, it is not an issue with the Operating System, it is a hardware issue, Contact Technical Support/font>.


Run the Laptop Built-In Self-Test (BIST).
To run the Built-In Self-Test perform the following:
Turn the computer off.
Press and hold the D key while pressing the power button. This will start the BIST.
The screen will display multiple flashing colors. Look for lines, distortion, or any other video issues you have observed.
The laptop will restart when the test is finished.
Click the following link to see an English-only video of this test How to Run LCD BIST Video .

If the LCD BIST passes, proceed to Step 4, otherwise Contact Technical Support.

For information on Beep Codes/Error Codes refer to Dell Knowledge Base article, Pre-Boot System Assessment (PSA) Diagnostics and Error Codes For Dell Computers

Connect to an external monitor (if available), for the different types of external monitor ports that may be available on your computer refer to (Figure 1).


Display Port
Display Port is a new digital standard for connecting monitors to computers and has the capability to provide a scalable digital display interface with optional audio and high-definition content protection (HDCP) capability. Display Ports usually resemble USB Ports with one side angled.
A Display Port cable should be used if Display Port connectors are available on both the computer and the monitor.

DVI
Digital Video Interface (DVI) is the digital standard for connecting monitors to computers. DVI connections are usually color-coded with white plastic and labels.
DVI cables provide a higher quality signal than VGA cables. A DVI cable should be used if DVI connectors are available on both the computer and the monitor.

VGA
Video Graphics Array (VGA) is the analog standard for connecting monitors to computers. VGA connections are commonly color-coded with blue plastic and labels.
A VGA cable should be used if DVI connectors are not available on either the monitor or the computer.


Once it's connected, press and hold down the FN and press F8, this should display the screen on the external monitor.

When the external monitor does not work or you did not have one to test with, Contact Technical Support.

When the external monitor does work it may be an issue with the Operating System. Verify that all the drivers are the latest available from Support.Dell.Com Website, for more information refer to Dell Knowledge Base article, "How to Use the Drivers and Downloads Website". When that does not fix the issue the Operating System may need to be reinstalled, for more information refer to Dell Knowledge Base article, "How To Restore or Reinstall Microsoft Windows on a Dell Computer".


Check for visible damage to the LCD. To identify any damage not visible to the ***** eye, ensure you run LCD BIST on the system (refer to Step 3).

If the LCD has damages which is not covered by any applicable statutory warranty, limited hardware warranty and/or Dell-branded service, including Complete Care / Accidental Damage service, there may be a cost incurred by you for the replacement of parts.

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