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Connecting an External Monitor or Data Projector You can switch to an external monitor or data projector by two methods. 1. Connect the external monitor to the laptop's video port, power up the external monitor first and the laptop. The video information will automatically switch to the external monitor. 2. If you power up the laptop first then you can switch the video output to the external monitor by pressing the Fn key and one of the Function keys, depending upon your make and model laptop. You can also toggle between the external monitor or both LCD screen plus the external monitor or back to LCD screen only by pressing the Fn key plus one of the function key. Here is a list of key combinations for some of the laptops :- IBM ThinkPad = Fn + F7 HP and Compaq = Fn + F4 Toshiba = Fn + F5 Dell = Fn + F8
It is possible that the LCD screen got a problem. You may try to do these steps and let's see if one of the steps will work.
1. Try to reconnect the laptop to a different power outlet
If it works with a different power outlet, proceed to the next step.
2. Please check the light indicator on the ac adapter if it turns on. If not, then ac adapter needs to be replaced. If yes go with step 3
3. Try to connect an external monitor to the laptop if possible. If external monitor works, then LCD screen needs to be replaced.
If step 3 works then you may need to contact the manufacturer of the computer for possible LCD replacement.
Hope this help
Try using pupppylinux livecd this will allow your to boot into linux and probably view everything on the external monitor. Then you could install puppylinux to hard disc and bingo you have a working pc again, you could even rescue data off the drive this way. When booting off puppy , it wont make any significant change to your harddisc. and you can access the hdd if needed.
If your LCD screen on the laptop does not display a picture and if you hook up an external monitor and it doesn't display anything either, then your video card is bad. But--before you go trash the thing, when you hooked up the external monitor, did you push the Fn key and the corresponding special function key at the top of the keyboard that switches the output to the external screen? (It does not just display to the external screen without you telling it to. What your uncle describes is a problem with the laptop LCD monitor, not the video card.
when switching on te laptop, does it make noises, does the fan run, the CD/DVD-drive LED shows green light and the harddisk rattle little bit? - good for you if it does, as the system still boots up !
to check if the LCD screen is broke and not the graphics card malfunctioning:
hook it up to an external monitor (one usually used with desktop PCs) when laptop is switched off, using the 3-pin input in the back or to the right side of your laptop, and make sure the external monitor's power cord is properly fused...
Now switch on the external monitor first and then your machine again, and wait for the laptop boot messages on the monitor! see anything? if yes the laptop screen is broke and needs to be replaced. If still the external monitor stays black the onboard graphics card is up in smoke and you're in big trouble then.
Hi If you are still faced with this problem..... Possibly the video card has gone in the unit. The original screen on the laptop may have had an blown inverter which would not stop the funcioning of the external display. However for the external disply to stop working would suggest the video card. Before going this far have you checked to see if there is power to the external monitor? Have you tried the monitor on another computer? If the monitor works with another computer you can be certain there is more wrong with your poor old iBook. You will need to take it in to be looked at.