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I think your actually having issues getting it to run on the toughbook because it uses different drivers for everything from the Acer computer. If you press F8 while booting up you can choose the option "Disable automatic restart (of system errors or something)". Then when the machine boots up you should get a blue screen giving you an error code like "IRQ_EQUAL_TO_OR_GREATER_X Error: 0x0000005f. You could try to see what the message is trying to tell you to resolve it but the error msg would likely point to the driver that its trying to load that's most likely different from the toughbook you have. I'd suggest getting an external cdrom/dvdrom and install windows from a disc onto the toughbooks hd while its in that toughbook machine.
on the front of the toughbook there are 4 small buttons, the 3rd from the left which has a right angle symbol with a double headed arrow in it rotates the screen 90 degrees each time you press it. this is probably how you got it like that in the first place.
The display properties indicate the hardware is working, so it's likely just a setting.
On HP/Compaq models you will see a picture, usually on the F4 key that looks like a screen with two lines beside it.
You need to hold down the Fn key(bottom left) and then push the F4 key at the same time to cycle between LCD, external or both.
If it is a newer model, a menu will pop up when you do this asking if you want to duplicate the LCD on the external, switch to the external or extend the desktop onto the external. Select the appropriate setting or continue holding down Fn while pressing F4 to cycle between the settings to the one you want.
If you have re-installed the computer at some point with anything other than the factory recovery set this may not work and I will have to give you a longer set of instructions.
If this works please rate this as fixed, if not reply back and indicate what version of windows you're using and I will post the instructions for the "long" way.
When I touch the touch pad my screen display goes off. it comes on sometimes by itself or when touch pad is touched. I have connected the toughbook to an external dispaly and can work no problems. help