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ASUS notebook gone inactive

I have a new ASUS PRO31F series, loaded with XP Pro 5.1 SP2. While trying to set up so that I have dual screen display when attached to an LG digital projector, and when exploring the graphics media accelerator driver properties, I may have unintentionally...

a. pressed cntr alt F1
b. pressed Fn Zz
c. or something else!

The notebook immediately seemed to freeze with a black screen. I cannot find out how to start it moving again. Has it gone to sleep? What does the Fn Zz do?
The green power light is still on, and the notebook is probably still running on battery power after 8 hrs. Maybe when the battery power runs out the notebook will close, and then I can use the start button (with mains power) to start up again.
Where can I find a User Manual for this ASUS notebook that gives me information about Fn Zz etc?
Any help appreciated.

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  • rodbull Jan 26, 2008

    Thanks

    I'll think about your suggestion. Problem is, no matter how I try, I can't seem to make the laptop active to do what you suggest. Even if there was no acreen display, I'd expect that there would be some activity in the machine when I press various buttons eg cntr alt del. I can't even turn the macine off by holding the power button down.

  • rodbull Jan 27, 2008

    Thaks Philster

    Haven't had a chance to do any thing yet about the ASUS. One thing that you mention that I have not done is to remove battery. You are right, that must close the laptop down, and then I can start again and see what happens.

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I had a similiar problem. My laptop ran an external monitor perfectly but main display was inactive. I re-loaded the display driver, which re-actived the laptop display but it was so dark I could hardly see it. No back-light. Further research indicated that the switch for the laptop cover may be stuck. I pressed it a couple of times and voila the display is back functioning as normal.

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It is possible that you switched off the internal video display, enabling the external adapter. If this is the case, you should be able to plug in an external monitor, get your display back, and change monitors back to the internal one via software (display properties).

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    Phil Jan 26, 2008

    That is, um, unusual, yes. If it's unplugged from the power cord, and
    you remove the battery, it should shut down no matter what, though, and
    hopefully then you can start it up normally.

    I'm guessing that you did 2 things with your keystrokes. One probably changed the display, and the other may have locked the system in some way that it is now waiting for you to input a password or somesuch before it again responds. Or just as bad, it may be waiting for you to click on something that you can't see.

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