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The screen has cracked on the hp paviallion latop but the remote monitor will not work in any other mode than safe mode. is there a work around where i can get the computer to work in normal mode with the remote monitor through the vga external port

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Yes the monitor should work in normal mode and is a keyboard toggle.
The toggle is performed by holding the Fn key and hit the F8 key, you may have to tap the F8 key a couple of times, also wait a for few seconds for the switch to take place.

Good luck.

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    Lee Hodgson Sep 08, 2009

    Disregard my previous post.

    Yes alc03 could be onto something, now because you can only get the monitor working in safe mode means there could be a bad display driver stopping the monitor working in normal mode, the screen on the laptop would also suffer from the same problem too.

    Start the laptop in safe mode, right click on "My Computer" for XP or "Computer" for Vista, select "Manage" from the list and then select "Device Manager".
    Look down the list for "Display adapters", click on the + icon next to it and uninstall the driver by right clicking on the adapter.
    Restart your computer after the uninstall is complete, you should now be able to use the external monitor. The drivers will reinstall themselves once you are in the operating system but it would be a good idea to update the display drivers just in case they go bad again.

    Good luck.


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Check if VGA driver is install properly or even check for update on the driver, you should be able to work on normal mode. To check if the driver is install properly : right-click on my computer - properties - then go to hardware tab and press device manager button. A list of device will appear, check under Display adapter if there is an exclamation mark on it, it means you need to udate it but even tough I would go on HP site and download the newest driver for it.

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