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Bad monitor Need to get data from laptop. Have hooked up external monitor but get nothing on external. I'm assuming there must be some setting to change but i can only see the top 1/3 of the laptop monitor.

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Re: bad monitor

When you connect an external monitor, you might have to toggle it over to the other monitor.

It's probably on the F8 key, it will say CRT/LCD. You'll hold down the Fn key + F8 key and this will toggle to the external monitor.

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Brighter display on the left side of monitor than the other side

Sounds like the lcd screen might be going bad. There are no display settings that can modify parts of the screen. It's all or nothing as far as settings go. Have you tried hooking up an external monitor to see if it displays correctly? If it shows correctly on an external monitor the problem is definitely with the lcd screen. If they both show the same image of brightness on the left side, then your video card in the laptop might be going bad.

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My monitor on my compaq lap top will not work.. Is itg possible to bypass the monitor and hook up an external monitor?

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My laptop comes on, and the screen stays blank, (black ) nothing, I tried hooking up an external monitor but it does nothing also, could the invertor be the cause? Unit is a Sony VAIO PCG-TR3A

If the invertor was faulty you would get a picture on the external monitor, assuming that the external monitor and the laptop was configured to work. Check the Fn key and F5 at the same time. That should switch between internal/ external or both displays.

Hope that helps.

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Screen is black


Thank you for your query

The problem statement is vagur however am i right to assume, nothing comes on the screen even when powered up???

If so it would seem there is a LCD fault, most likely to do with the inverter, this is replaced quickly and normally isnt too expensive

In the mean time if you need the stuff on your laptop please hook up a external monitor and backup your data

Thereafter please book into a reputable PC shop

If this has been useful please leave postive feedback/vote

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Starts, fan comes on but nothing on screen

DId yuo try connecting your laptop to an external monitor (via DVI port on your laptop)?, if not try that. If it works and you can see image, then you have a problem with you laptop's display. In the other hand, if you see no image through the external monitor then I'm sorry but you have a bad motherboard (most likely, the graphix processor has gone bad and since it is embedded onto the motherboard you have to replace the whole part). I assume you live in Europe (that laptop was very popular in England), if you need any parts, I would try ebay. Hope it helps, good luck.

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When i connect my acer laptop to external monitor i see the start up scren on external monitor but then it turns off please someone help i can get the external monitor to work in safe mode but nothing else...

I assume you are using windows right click settings there should be two monitors click on monitor number 2.... Then check box extend my windows desktop onto to this monitor click apply and save and you should be good to go hope that helps..........

Jun 09, 2009 | Acer PC Laptops

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Monitor flickering and rolling

Thanks for the git back: #1 I hooked up a second monitor (depressed fn+f5) and was able to view everything fine. No problem in any area. Ran Some security checks (malwarebytes,checked windows updates,Secunia PSI,and a virus scan. #2 I opened up the monitor and checked for possible loose connections. #3 brought up the graphics display and checked that 60 hrz was set and correct. #4 ran a backup of all my data from my other monitor,and I made the assumption that it was a bad monitor and I might save some money if I just bought a new laptop.Would like to here your comments. Sincerely : dandee4u3

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Data Shows up only on External Monitor, not on Laptop Screen

If your system won't display anything w/o the external monitor. there's something wrong with the LCD's backlight. you may have to contact your laptop's manufacturer and check if this laptop is still under warranty. you may have to get the lcd replaced.


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Data Shows up only on External Monitor, not on Laptop Screen


Since the laptop works on the external monitor, then it would be safe to assume that it is only the L:CD display part that is the issue. Often LCD display (of laptops) are working but only that you can see the actual display. One way to verify is to shine a flashlight at an oblique angle to the screen, semblance or part of the desktop could be seen. If the desktop could be seen (albeit very very dark background) then it could either be the CCF Lamps (cold cathode florescent) or the inverter that powers the lamps.

Often, the defective component would be the inverter. It is relatively easy to replace the inverted. It is sometimes more difficult and challenging cracking open the casing of the display panel of the laptop than replacing the inverter. Additionally, inverters are readily available online. It is also not surprising that inverters for other brands/models would also be used in your Toshiba.

This would be a good place to start for inverter boards. This is a nice tutorial if you are considering a DIY.

In some worst case scenario, it could be the video interface or even a loose/open flat cable from the laptop's main body towards the LCD display panel.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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